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August 22nd

Local players leading URI football team this season

August 22, 2013

KINGSTON—For University of Rhode Island senior quarterback Bob Bentsen this is his last chance to make a positive impact before he exits the program.
It’s the type of pressure any starting quarterback coming off a winless season would feel but for Bentsen – who grew up in Warwick – it means a little bit more being a local guy.
“We want to play well for the state,” Bentsen says. “We’ve had a couple bad seasons and just to go out as winners and lay down the foundation [for the future] would be something special.”

At EWG, upperclassmen are helping new players

August 22, 2013

WEST GREENWICH—Monday was a good day for the Exeter-West Greenwich football team as it marked the first practice of the season for the Knights.
“It felt really good to be out there,” EWG coach Jim Alves says. “The kids have worked hard in the offseason. Many of the kids that are coming back are seniors that are good leaders that have been with the program for the past three years.”

Skippers start practice

August 22, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—For the first time in a long time the North Kingstown football team’s season ended on a high note with a win over rival South Kingstown on Thanksgiving Day.
While it counted for just one win in the standings, the true value of that victory was apparent Monday when the Skippers held their first practice of the fall.
“It’s a huge confidence booster,” senior Nick Chevalier said of last year’s win over SK. “It’s made everyone work that much harder to get to that level of play every game.”

North Kingstown returned to play in summer league

August 22, 2013

WEST WARWICK – When the dead of summer sets in, the idea of ice hockey has a tendency to be far from the mind.
For the members of the North Kingstown High hockey team, however, it is was out of the heat and back to the cool of the rink as they once again took part in the Rhode Island Summer Hockey League.
It was a season that came to a close last Thursday, as the Skippers were defeated 7-4 by East Greenwich High at Margiera Rink in West Warwick.

URI football team proves they’re winners before season even begins

August 22, 2013

KINGSTON—The University of Rhode Island football team didn’t win a game last season and there’s no guarantee they’ll win one this time around.
Regardless of how many victories the Rams finish with on the field, the boys in Keaney Blue have already clinched a winning season.

Evan Huddon has undergone nearly twice as many surgeries as he is years old.
When the 13-year-old boy from Warwick was born he was diagnosed with Spina Bifida – when the spinal cord does not full develop – and has subsequently been bound to a wheelchair.

Rebels getting down to business

August 22, 2013

WAKEFIELD – The time has come for Rhode Island high school football teams to begin their annual journey towards a Super Bowl championship as Monday marked day one of fall interscholastic sports practices.
At South Kingstown High School, the Rebels did not let the chaos and excitement of being back distract from getting right to work as they took to the field for the first time with just three weeks until their season opening injury fund contest.

Mariners excited for new season to get underway

August 22, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – For adults, the approach of Labor Day usually comes with the anticipation of a three-day weekend and possibly one last vacation before the weather turns.
For local youths, it signifies something worse; the end of summer vacation.
For the 53 students hoping to suit up for Narragansett High School this fall, the silver lining is that at least the end of summer means football is back.

Morris resigns from SK school committee

August 22, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown School member Liz Morris officially resigned Tuesday.

Morris, who was absent at Tuesday’s meeting, sent a letter of resignation, dated Aug. 9, to the committee stating that she would be moving out of state.

Maureen Cotter, committee chair, read the letter aloud during the meeting.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hearing tonight on Whalerock land

August 22, 2013

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight regarding the potential purchase of the 78 acres, known as the Whalerock property, to use as open space.

Developer Larry LeBlanc was in the midst of a public hearing before the Charlestown Zoning Board for permission to erect two 410-foot wind turbines on the site.

The zoning board hearing was stalled once the town began pursuing an option to purchase the property.

The hearing regarding purchasing the property will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Charlestown Elementary School.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State mandate prevents library funding increases

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON― Even though the town council would like to give more money to the town's two libraries, the state-mandated “maintenance of effort” makes increases fiscally risky. If the town were to add to its library funding, it would be required to maintain that level in future years regardless of unpredictable budgetary shifts.

“The 'maintenance of effort' says you cannot give any less than you gave the prior year. Once you give, you cannot take away. It's a permanent increase,” said Council President Frank Landolfi at Monday night's council meeting.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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