June 6th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWNâVoters from North Kingstown will take to the polls today for a special budget referendum to decide whether or not to increase the amount of money allocated to the School Department by $500,000 and, while the question seems simple enough, the impact of that decision is much more complicated.
On the surface, it seems that the approval of the additional funds would eliminate most of the $778,500 in cuts made by Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton over the past two months but, according to Thornton, thatâs simply not the case.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â When Marie Eich of Saunderstown started her nursing career 23 years ago she had no idea she would love working in childrenâs neurodevelopment nor did she expect to become Rhode Island Hospitalâs Nurse of the Year.
Yet, at Rhode Island Hospitalâs annual Employee Service Awards Dinner, which honored nearly 1,100 employees at the hospital to celebrate major career milestones, such as anniversaries, new retirees and employees âof the yearâ winners, Eich, who works in the Childrenâs Neurodevelopment Center was recognized as nurse of the year.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â With four new members on the Coastal Resource Management Council unfamiliar with the continuing erosion along Matunuck Beach Road and its history, last Tuesdayâs town meeting with the CRMC was another meeting where the town and CRMC talked in circles, leaving property owners frustrated again.
NORTH KINGSTOWN âAccountability.
That one word is the reason Kay Cutting says she and her family continue to fight the potential parole of Jamie Hughes, a man who murdered her father Zeke Harris on Sept. 15, 1982 and has been denied parole four times since.
Accountability is why Cutting spends months preparing for parole hearings; why she lays awake at night reliving the night she found out her father was killed; why she still seeks justice, three decades after a jury found Jamie Hughes guilty.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â George Silva estimates heâs run more than 100,000 miles during his years participating in marathons and shorter races.
Nearing 86, the familiar figure around Wickford is preparing for this Sundayâs seventh annual 5K run-walk to benefit a handful of programs: the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerceâs charitable foundation; Laymen in North Kingstown Schools (LINKS); the North Kingstown Food Pantry and local high school scholarships.
We donât always take the time to appreciate the gifts of nature. There are so many people in the world affected by the change in seasons. Scientists have proven that living without sunlight for any length of time can produce profound disorders, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, a contributing factor in depression.
Weather appears to have changed dramatically in the last few years. Why? There are numerous thoughts and ideas but nothing substantial is known for certain. We can no longer depend on the weather to be fairly predictable.
By DAVID PEPIN
One was born in China, and didnât arrive in East Greenwich until he was in third grade. The other has spent her entire live here.
But East Greenwich High School Class of 2011 Valedictorian Han Xu and Salutatorian Julia Stevens have plenty in common: high achievement, friendship, and some podium time coming up Sunday.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Edward L. âTedâ Hughes has seen a lot of sunrises and sunsets during his many years as a recreational fisherman and boating enthusiast.
âMy whole life has been spent on the water,â he says. âI started at eight or nine and was fishing at 12; I began boating in my early teens and got my captainâs license in the late â80s.â
The North Kingstown baseball team moved one step closer to a return trip to McCoy with an 11-6 win over Middletown in Game 1 of their best-of-three series.
East Greenwich took on Cranston West in the second game of the doubleheader at McCarthy Field, but the game wasn't completed because of an 11 p.m. curfew.
The Avengers trailed 10-5 after five innings and the game continued Thursday, where Cranston West held on to win 10-5, then eliminated EG with a 6-0 win immediately after.
An update from Game 2 of the NK-Middletown series will come as soon as the results are available.
North Kingstown had to wait over an hour to play their Division I semifinal Wednesday night at Rhode Island College, but when the time came to play, the Skippers responded, beating La Salle 14-11 to advance to Saturday's Division I final.
Thanks to the delay, East Greenwich and Barrington's game was postponed to Thursday afternoon. The Avengers came out red-hot and led 7-3 in the first half and 8-6 at halftime, but playing down a man most of the second half proved too much to overcome in a 16-12 loss to Barrington.
The Skippers play Barrington Saturday at Rhode Island College at 3 p.m.