June 22nd, 2011
What a surprising week it was in North Kingstown.
Monday, news broke that NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was a finalist for a vacant position with the Cumberland School Department.
This was on top of news last Thursday that the iconic building used to house Wickford Marketplace, and formerly Ryan's market, would once again go vacant at Wickford Marketplace was shutting its doors after a lengthy dispute with the NK Town Council over local ordinances.
Need to catch up on everything that happened?
Pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.
WARWICK - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and leaders from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) hosted a forum on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the importance of integrating art and design into our country's efforts to maintain global leadership in technological innovation. Leaders in business and education joined them in Washington to highlight the need for workers trained in these disciplines to effectively communicate complex data and information, design easy-to-use products based on scientific research and build accurate and useful models for scientific demonstrations. The event builds on Langevin's efforts to ensure our workforce is trained to meet the needs of emerging industries, including renewable energy and health information technology.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Residents expressed their frustration about parking issues to the town council Monday evening, citing the influx of tourists illegal parking along residential streets during the summer months. Two areas of conflict were specifically discussed, Atlantic and Narragansett Avenues along with the Scarborough Hills area.
Youâ€™ve gotta love the General Assembly.
Last year they said they balanced the budget without raising taxes. But you got whacked with a big tax bill for your car that was either the first one you had seen in years, or that was much larger than in previous years.
This year they said they balanced the budget without raising many taxes, except for a few items added to the sales tax.
HOPKINTON â€“ At its June 6 meeting, the Town Council prioritized and approved its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application, which seeks $400,000 from the state of Rhode Island.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met Wednesday evening to discuss the future implementation of the recent development plan which has been presented to the town council in its finished form. The next step now is for the committee to appeal to the town council to dedicate time and funds towards carrying out the objectives outlined in the plan.
JAMESTOWN â€“ The historic Beavertail Lighthouse, with its majestic 64-foot tower, is a popular place even when its foghorn issues a throaty warning every 30 seconds.
Visitors explore the Department of Environmental Managementâ€™s aquarium exhibits in an adjacent outbuilding and browse through the lighthouse museum, located in the assistant keeperâ€™s cottage.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It was a meeting for change as the school committee discussed increasing science and social studies in grade 6 at Broad Rock, heard the recommendation for the reconfiguration for the schools and adopted policies changing how teachers are evaluated at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
WAKEFIELD-- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) was the keynote speaker at a ceremony celebrating the 2011 graduates of the Education Exchange, an adult education center in South County. More than 90 graduates were recognized at an event at the Prout School in Wakefield for receiving their GEDs through the Education Exchange GED Testing Center as well as the Education Exchange GED Preparation classes. Established in 1978 as the Washington County Adult Learning Center, the Education Exchange is a non-profit organization providing literacy programs and GED preparation and testing for adults in southern Rhode Island. It offers courses at sites in Wakefield, Westerly and North Kingstown.