Archive - Aug 2011
By PAUL J. SPETRINI
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Nearly 10 months after the town of North Kingstown and the North Kingstown Firefighters Association, Local 1651, IAFF, entered into arbitration over the 2011 Fiscal Year contract, an arbitration board released its ruling this week and, in a 63-page decision, gave little to either side.
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
NARRAGANSETT—-The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced on Tuesday that it would be closing Point Judith Pond in Narragansett due to the rainfall which the area experienced earlier this week. The ban began on Tuesday at noon and is scheduled to remain in effect until sunrise on August 24, or whenever DEM deems the Pond safe for shellfish harvesting again.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After months of contentious school negotiations, the South Kingstown School Committee and National Education Association-South Kingstown (NEA-SK) have agreed to and ratified the three year collective bargaining agreement for 2011 to 2014.
There's still a few more weeks of summer vacation, but even though its the perfect time to go relax at the beach, The Narragansett Times will still bring you the latest news. In today's Friday, Aug. 19 edition, The Times will let you in on the collective bargaining agreement, the South Kingstown teachers agreed to just before school starts and exactly why you can't go shell fishing in Point Judith Pond just yet. You can also take a Time Out and learn about rumble and tumble going down at the Peace Dale Mill Complex.
By LINDSAY OLIVIER
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Not even pouring rain and very muddy ground conditions could discourage federal, state and local officials from attending the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new 49,000 square-foot Tarbox Toyota dealership on Quaker Lane Monday morning.
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
CHARLESTOWN â€“ For 336 years, they have come together to celebrate life, to honor their heritage and to join as one community and one family. This past weekend, the Narragansett Indian Tribe came together as one once more during its annual powwow at Old Mill Road in Charlestown.
Despite the rainy Sunday, the tribe continued their two day celebration at the Narragansett Indian grounds by the Narragansett Indian Church, where they celebrated their annual powwow, one of the longest running recorded powwows in the country according to Chief John Thomas.
All it takes it one look at any national news network to see that the US economy still hasn't recovered fully from the effects of the current recession but, locally, one business is finding a way to thrive despite the obstacles it faces.
North Kingstown's Tarbox Toyota officially celebrated the groundbreaking of its expansion project and, when completed, the dealership will be one of the largest in the area.
Read all about it in this week's Standard Times.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - After months of contentious school negotiations, the South Kingstown School Committee and NEA-South Kingstown have agreed to and ratified the collective bargaining agreement, settling a new three year contract for 2011 to 2014.
The NEA-SK union membership ratified the agreement last Thursday, Aug. 11 and the school committee followed, approving the agreement in a 6 to 0 vote at Tuesday nightâ€™s school committee meeting. The new contract begins Sept. 1.
The agreement comes just before the Aug. 31 deadline, when the last contract was to expire.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Students in South Kingstown are currently on par in reading and math with students in other districts according to cohort data released at the school committee's annual retreat Wednesday afternoon at the Peace Dale Elementary library.
RICHMOND - It is almost that time of year again.
The Washington County Fair will be celebrating itâ€™s 45th year this summer, and the fun starts next week. The famous gathering of people, music, arts, games, rides, animals and food is set to kick of at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Route 112 on August 17, and the celebration will last until the 21.