June 28th, 2011
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ Monday, June 20 was not only the last day of spring, it was the last day of school for the students of Chariho Middle School.
As the buses drove off the school grounds filled with students for the last time until September, a large group of teachers and staff gave them a final farewell.
When news began to trickle out Monday afternoon that North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was a finalist for a vacant position with the Cumberland School District, there was a variety of different ways members of the school committee could have reacted.
By David Pepin
The recent rescue of a kayaker from a Narragansett Bay buoy wasnâ€™t quite all in a dayâ€™s work for the East Greenwich Fire Districtâ€™s Marine 1 crew.
â€śIt was two guys with binoculars, looking for a needle in a haystack,â€ť Deputy Chief Russell McGillivray said of the June 9 rescue of a North Kingstown kayaker whose boat capsized during a vicious thunderstorm that ripped through the bay.
HOPKINTON â€“ A significant chunk of undeveloped land off of Route RI-3 in Hopkinton could potentially be re-zoned to accommodate a manufacturing or industrial business.
When Charles E. â€śChuckâ€ť Brennan Jr. is hard at work in the deli at Daveâ€™s Market on Tower Hill Road, he gets to cut through the baloney on a regular basis â€“ a feat thatâ€™s not as easy in his other job as a town councilman.
While, technically, his meat-cutting involves bologna â€“ spelled a different way â€“ you get the point.
â€śI cut the baloney every day,â€ť says Chuck, who has been working at Daveâ€™s since May. Heâ€™s following in a family tradition: daughter Andrea Mumford worked at Daveâ€™s through high school and college; another daughter, Kaitlin, works now at the Quonset market.
HOPE VALLEY -- All are invited to watch officers from the Richmond Police Department play host to a charity softball challenge against Bill Lee and his celebrity all-stars at Dow Field on Main Street today June 26 at 1 p.m.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When visitors pour into the Quonset Air Museum this weekend they will see everything from a small balsa wood model of the Wright Brothersâ€™ plane in a showcase to the giant TBM-3 Avenger â€“ the same type of aircraft George H.W. Bush bailed out of as it crashed into the sea during World War II.
Although itâ€™s open year round, this tribute to the history and genius of aircraft design receives its biggest audience â€“ upwards of 1,000 â€“ during the Quonset Air Show. This yearâ€™s event, celebrating the centennial of Naval aviation, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The renovation work at the town's community/senior center continues and will soon move into its second phase.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”With beautiful weather and just the right amount of sunshine, Tuesday afternoon was, quite possibly, the epitome of a summer afternoon in North Kingstown but, instead of spending their time at the beach soaking up the sun and battling waves, the members of the NK Creative Dramatics Program sat inside a bland white room at the Cold Spring Community Center running through lines and rehearsing scenes.
Turns out, the group is just waiting for this weekend to have their fun.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”When the former Ryanâ€™s Market, located at 70 Brown Street, was finally purchased back in November of 2009, the news was met with great fanfare and optimism about the return of a central shopping market deep in the heart of Wickford.
Thursdayâ€™s announcement that Wickford Marketplace was closing its doors, however, was met with a much different reactionâ€”one of shock and confusionâ€”and, in the week since that announcement, more questions than answers remain.