April 29th, 2011
JAMESTOWN â€“ When Judith Bell retired after 24 years as director of the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the ad for her replacement might just as well have read, Wanted: Legend in Training.
The woman who stepped forward to fill her shoes â€“ and was chosen unanimously by the hiring committee and the library board â€“ has had lots of small-town experience but is poised to guide the Jamestown facility into the modern electronic era of e-reading.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Frustrations over the proposed 2012 budget for the North Kingstown School District boiled over Tuesday night as School Committee members Larry Ceresi and Lynda Avanzato openly questioned whether or not the NK Town Council did everything it could to avoid potentially level-funding the district for the next fiscal year.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As school administrators and committees work to devise an adequate bully prevention policy, teachers are taking action inside the schools to help guide students through those troubling hallways.
At Curtis Corner Middle School, 7th grade English language arts teacher Kristen Precious is one teacher who is taking her lesson plan one step further to teach students about bullying through the books she assigns to the topics they write on.
HOPKINTON -- The Town Council voted unanimously at its April 18 meeting to approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow bingo games to be held in town under specific circumstances provided they are not held in a "bingo hall."
WAKEFIELDâ€“As the Democrats and Republicans in Washington debate over how to decrease the federal deficit, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) visited local seniors at the South Kingstown Senior Center Monday to discuss the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare.
Five months ago, one of the hottest topics in and around North Kingstown was the proposed moving of the Beechwood House. Now, months after the project seemed to be wrapping up, nothingâ€™s really been done. What gives? Find out in this weekâ€™s Standard Times in an exclusive story by Martha Smith.
In addition, we wrap up our month-long investigation into homelessness in North Kingstown with a look at some of the local residents who do their part to eliminate the problem.
And, if that wasnâ€™t enough, weâ€™ve got you covered on everything budget related, both in NK and Exeter.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Many see bullying as just a part of growing up. Yet, kids are not just being stuffed into lockers anymore or given swirlies in a toilet, but are tormented online through social media, which they cannot escape from. With tormented children increasingly committing suicide after months of harassment from their peers, this playground staple seems to be much more than simple growing pains. While many school districts struggle to combat the bullying issue and to develop an adequate bullying policy, the South Kingstown school district is doing all it can to make sure they never lose a student to bullying.
HOPKINTON â€“ The Town Council is down one member after Jonathan Osborne handed in a letter of resignation last Monday, April 18.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Jan Hall-Stinson sits at her desk in the Crossroads Family Housing Complex with a small coffee from Dunkin Donuts, a big, white calendar and a stack of paperwork piled high.
On the wall nearest the door are newspaper clippings reporting the athletic achievements of some of Crossroadsâ€™ student athletes enrolled at North Kingstown High School. Displayed on a small table directly below is a scale model of what the buildings at Crossroads will one day look like.
WESTERLY - It was the first match of the season, but it may end up being the biggest.
The Southern Division's top three teams met up Tuesday at foggy Weekapaug Golf Club and it was Prout, the home team, coming away with the sweep, beating North Kingstown 164-165 and Chariho, 164-167, while the Skippers earned a split with the two-shot win over the Chargers.
Prout was led by Nicole Scola, the defending girls champion, who shot a 47; No. 4 Matt Costaregni carded a 41 and Nos. 2 and 3 Greg Zervos and Matt Gerlach both came in at 43.