By PAUL J. SPETRINI
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Tuesday night, the North Kingstown School Committee held a special business meeting in which it elected member Kim Page as chairperson and Richard Welch as vice chairperson of the committee but the most newsworthy item of the night for the school district wasnâ€™t what was happening in NK, it was what was happening 35 miles away.
By a 6-1 margin, the Cumberland School Committee voted to select NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton for its vacant Superintendent position.
Well, after three-plus years here at The Chariho Times, itâ€™s time that I, Andrew Martin, move on to greener â€” or southern, rather â€” pastures.
As of June 25, I will officially be a resident of Raleigh, N.C., while simultaneously handing in my passport from the state of Rhode Island. Yeah, I know, you donâ€™t need a passport to live here, but it certainly feels that way.
To say we all live on our own planet in R.I. would be an understatement. A massive understatement.
WAKEFIELD â€“ The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County presented its most recent Music at Lily Pads event on Saturday night, June 25. Singer and songwriter Vance Gilbert was the headlining act, and while he played his signature bluesy sounding folk songs, he entertained the crowd just as well with his stories, jokes and conversation.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With the school committee deciding on how to reconfigure the school district and the state facing unfunded pension liabilities, the council agreed to contact local representatives and the school department to voice their concerns.
It's called Character Ed, and it does contain some valuable life lessons.
But for fifth- and sixth-graders at Eldredge and Hanaford elementary schools, Bob Houghtaling is hoping to draw some character out of the students in preparation for the challenges they will soon be facing at Cole Middle School.