Archive - Jul 14, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Three weeks of speculation over whether or not Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton would indeed leave the North Kingstown School Department came to a conclusion Monday night as the NK School Committee announced it had formally received Thorntonâ€™s letter of resignation and, in a quick move meant to speed up the process of finding his replacement, the committee appointed Dr. Philip Auger on an interim basis.
HOPKINTON - For the last two weeks, Town Manager William McGarry has been a very busy man. Aside from his daily business as Town Manager, where he works at the Crandall House on Route 3, he has been acting as Hopkinton Police Chief. While this may seem like a daunting undertaking to most, McGarry is no stranger to the dual responsibility.
By DAVID PEPIN
So whereâ€™s that new 1,500-square-foot addition to the East Greenwich Housing Authority offices at 146 First Ave?
If youâ€™re driving past, you canâ€™t tell which half of the yellow one-story wood building has just been completed and which half dates back to its 1848 origin as part of the townâ€™s poor farm.
And thatâ€™s just fine with Executive Director Marcia Sullivan.
With just a couple of minor details remaining in the interior and some landscaping of the grounds to be completed, the $300,000 project, paid for with competitive federal stimulus funds, has helped the agency deal with what Sullivan feels were its two biggest concerns: privacy and handicapped access.
Prior to the addition, the building lacked a conference room and safe, secure areas in which officials could talk business with clients and contractors.
â€śBasically, all the frontline staff was in one room when I got here three years ago,â€ť Sullivan remembers.
With a spacious new office of her own and a conference room featuring the original 1848 ceiling beams, Sullivan feels the revamped building is much more conducive to the sometimes sensitive business conducted inside.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the deadline for the school department and the teacherâ€™s union to reach an agreement nears, tension between the two parties mounts with what seems to be different perspectives of what is going on at the negotiating table. At issue now is whether the school department is allowing for collaborative negotiations.
After reading the school committee letter sent through the school departmentâ€™s listserv on Monday, July 11 NEASK President Christine Heid was shocked.