June 24th, 2011
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.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A fourth generation teacher, it was in Kim Mather’s blood to teach. After teaching 23 years in South Kingstown, five of which as the district’s math coach, Mather is taking on a new challenge and becoming the new West Kingston Elementary Principal after current Principal Nancy Nettick retires this year. It was no surprise that Mather became a teacher in the first place.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ After learning how to read, how to take care of animals like chicks and frogs and how to count change, Matunuck Elementary School first graders say they will miss their teacher, Lynn Doherty. Knowing that their teacher will become Wakefield Elementary Schoolâ€™s new principal, the young students say she is sweet and nice and that Wakefield students are lucky to have her.
NARRAGANSETT – With a tranquility of a country setting, seven cottages rest on 63 acres of farmland along Kenyon Farms Road over looking Point Judith Pond. The land is probably worth millions, but owner Ray Kagel doesn't care how much his family's land is valued at. He only wants to keep it as beautiful and serene as it always was.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As the school committee, RAC and community members discussed the merits of sending the Hazard pre-school to Peace Dale and reducing the size of Peace Dale Elementary at the Thursday night work session, it became evident that what the community values most is maintaining quality education.
CHARLESTOWN -- Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory is accepting enrollment in its Nature Weeks summer programs in Ninigret Park. Limited space is available in most weeks.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The Town Council voted 4-1 at its June 15 meeting to send a letter to landowner Larry LeBlanc with the hopes of creating an open dialog and learning if he wishes to pursue negotiations with the town on his 81-acre property.
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.