Archive - Aug 2011
RICHMOND - It is almost that time of year again.
The Washington County Fair will be celebrating itâs 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.
âAn Evening with Authorsâ may be growing larger and be leaving East Greenwich for this yearâs event, but the townâs large book club community will still be a major presence at the Sept. 21 book party, which will again bring popular authors to Rhode Island.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Last Monday, Aug. 1, a South Kingstown woman passed away after calling the police for assistance. After his wife lied unconscious in the living room, Allen Sampson stepped outside and saw South Kingstown Emergency Services waiting outside at the wrong house.
On Monday night at 1:01, Juanita Morales called South Kingstown Police to come to her home, located at 363 Curtis Corner Road, Apt. B8, because she was having an asthma attack and could not breathe. Morales lived in Champagne Heights, the South Kingstown Housing Authority complex.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Ten years ago when two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, Joe Patrick volunteered to help the victims and first responders. Patrick stood in line for two days with steel workers, working 12 hour shifts, carrying debris from Ground Zero. He volunteered for a restaurant to bring lunch and dinner to the first responders and he attended the funerals of first responders to show their families that someone knew. Yet, Patrick did not think he did enough. Now as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, Patrick will walk to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to Shankesville, Pennsylvania, to Ground Zero in New York to honor the befallen victims of Sept. 11, 2001.
HOPE VALLEY - It all started with one bird.
When Marc Johnson needed a companion to keep him company in his lonely pottery studio in Cambridge, Mass., in the late â80s, he sought a friend.
EAST MATUNUCK â When Drew Wheelan opened up the BirdSong Gallery on Succotash Road near East Matunuck State Beach it was a little bit serendipitous and a little bit of poor timing.
NARRAGANSETTâThe roof of the old Lighthouse Inn Restaurant at Point Judith collapsed Sunday, forcing the town to close the Rose Nulman Park, on which the building currently stands. The park has been a gathering point for tourists and residents alike who want to take in the impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean, yet the building itself has been closed since 1987.
EXETER â In summer, Mondays on Route 2 become a trip down memory lane with a classic car show beginning at 5pm. Scores of people bring their mobile monuments of history to the front lawn at Oak Harbour Village where they can show off their cars, talk about the work theyâve done and swap stories.
RICHMOND - Broadening the tax base has been a concern of Richmond residents and officials for many years. The majority of the tax burden in the rural town falls squarely on the shoulder of individual homeowners. However, progress is being made, one step at a time.
Sometimes, even when you're staring at the bottom of a pool, a change of scenery still makes waves. For Saunderstown-born Elizabeth Beisel, 18, a member of the US Women's Swimming and Diving Team, such change has meant an up-shift of gears.
Indeed Beisel, a 2010 graduate of North Kingston High School who is currently competing at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai through July 31, recently completed her first year of school as a Gator at the University of Florida, where the already-energetic Rhode Islander injected even more life into her swimming career.