July 14th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWNâThree 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 Thorntonâs 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 whereâs that new 1,500-square-foot addition to the East Greenwich Housing Authority offices at 146 First Ave?
If youâre driving past, you canât 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 townâs poor farm.
And thatâs 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.
âBasically, all the frontline staff was in one room when I got here three years ago,â 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 teacherâs 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 departmentâs listserv on Monday, July 11 NEASK President Christine Heid was shocked.
It's been the topic on everyone's mind in North Kingstown. Will Dr. Phillip Thornton stay or go as Superintendent of the NK School District?
Monday night, he made his answer clear with a letter of resignation and, wasting little time, the NK School Committee began the process of finding his replacement, appointing Dr. Philip Auger as interim superintendent beginning July 22nd.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â A fire that caused extensive damage last Friday inside the Willow Dell Beach Club on Cardâs Pond Road in Matunuck is being treated as arson.
NARRAGANSETTâAs lifeguards come and go from the South Beach Pavilion onto the sun warmed sand and do their duty protecting the lives of beachgoers, a saying rests painted on the hallwayâs concrete brick wall, âNarragansett Surf Rescue, A tradition of excellence.â On July 16, the dedication which the Surf Rescue team at the town beach brings to the oceanâs waves daily will take another great step forward. The first annual Waterman Eco-Challenge is set to begin.
At various times in this space, I have compared the General Assembly leadership to the leaders of the old Soviet Union, imperiously working their own will and impervious to public opinion.
Not so this year.
This year people power won at least two major political and policy victories.
The first was killing Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs sales tax proposals. That brought a whole shipload of businesspeople to the Statehouse to oppose the idea at the House Finance Committee.
NARRAGANSETTâThe 35th Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to the wave-struck shore of Narragansett Town Beach. Tonight at 8 p.m., residents will be able to enjoy the sounds of violins, cellos, and other instruments carrying through the evening air.
The event is sponsored by Citizenâs Bank and admission is free, although the town asks that attendees give donations if at all possible. Those who come to see the event are also asked to arrive early as space on the beach is limited.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Wickford Flowers, formerly a venerable town fixture owned by the Greene family, is undergoing a transformation.
According to owner Tim Schartner, the operation, in business for a half-century, has phased out cut-flowers, transferring that service to Blossom Florist, in East Greenwich, another Schartner enterprise.