June 21st, 2011
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.
NARRAGANSETTâThe 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 Managementâs aquarium exhibits in an adjacent outbuilding and browse through the lighthouse museum, located in the assistant keeperâs 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 nightâs 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.
NARRAGANSETTâAs one turns off of Old Boston Neck onto South Ferry Road, past the old Baptist Church, you drive along a thickly wooded road on both sides and come upon a village of modern buildings. The Environmental Research Laboratory, the Pell Marine Science and National Sea Grant Libraries, and at the very end the pier which docks the research vessel Endeavor before it journeys out into the worldâs oceans, all of these buildings stand before you. This is the home of the University of Rhode Islandâs Graduate School of Oceanography.
In honor of Fatherâs Day, several prominent local men shared remembrances of their dads.
Ed Hughes, North Kingstownâs new harbormaster, said: âWhen I was a kid, the big family thing was baseball. I would say I was going to Little League but I would really sneak out with my fishing pole and go fishing.
âIt worked until my father came to see a game and I wasnât there. He made me play baseball for two hours and then he took me fishing.â
CHARLESTOWN -- The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island will have its annual microbrew and wine tasting at the Westerly Yacht Club June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
NARRAGANSETTâAn historic landmark is back in action after over a decade of sitting idle.
After some major renovations, The Grinnell Inn, is open to the public as a bed and breakfast with a restaurant called Riptides on the first floor. The inn now features seven distinctive rooms, each with its own Narragansett beach theme like Sand Hill Cove, Bonnet Shores and Scaroborough. Each room has a private bathroom and brand new hardwood floors.