May 9th, 2011
KINGSTON – With final exams under way at the University of Rhode Island and with students studying with their heads in their books, about 400 students rushed the student library Sunday night, closing down the study area. The event was organized by a Facebook group, URI Library Rage Class of 2011.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- The Chariho Regional School Committee voted 8-0-1 to approve a contract for $8,295 between the district and ClerkBase, a program that will allow live online streaming of board meetings and, possibly, other events. School Committee member William Day, of Richmond, abstained from the vote.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”There are a lot of things that catch your eye when you first enter the lobby area of the new TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel in Quonset but thereâ€™s one thing in particular that says a lot about the hotelâ€™s future goals.
Located steps away from the entrance/exit door is a map of Rhode Island that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. Smack dab in the middle of that map is the new hotel. Thatâ€™s fitting because, if all goes according to plan, the new Marriott will be at the center of development in one of the stateâ€™s fastest growing business communities.
HOPKINTON -- The Town Council voted unanimously at the May 2 meeting to maintain the services of Bacon & Company LLC to perform the Hopkinton's financial audits for the next three years.
Town Manager William McGarry said he received a report on the matter from the town treasurer, who received quotes from two accounting firms. And the low bid for all three years, he said, was from Bacon & Company.
The Rhode Island fishing industry is getting some support after the state senate passed two resolutions asking for better industry representation federally and for more funding to support the domestic seafood market.
The first resolution urges state federal representatives to secure Rhode Island voting representation on the Mid-Atlantic Council. Senator Susan V. Sosnowski of South Kingstown introduced the resolution and the senate passed it at Wednesday nightâ€™s meeting. The resolution supports federal Senator Jack Reed in his efforts to bring more representation to the Rhode Island fishing industry.
Over the course nearly two decades, an of astounding 250-plus foster children have received temporary refuge in the home of Ann and Ralph Fullmer. Eight of them stayed and were adopted, joining the Fullmersâ€™ biological sons Ralph Jr. and Darrell.
Yet Ann, 62, insists, â€śWeâ€™re nothing special. Weâ€™re just us. Theyâ€™re my kids.â€ť
This is a great understatement.
She is the epitome of what Motherâ€™s Day celebrates: dedication, constancy and unfailing love. Her need to reach out to children when they needed her most is what sets her apart.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- The Chariho Regional School Committee voted unanimously at the April 26 meeting to approve an agreement to retain Richmond police officer Anthony Zoglio as the school resource officer.
The vote extends the contract between the district and town police department for the 2011-12 school year. And it came after a long discussion heralding Zoglio for his efforts since he came onboard as the school resource officer, or SRO, last fall.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The countryâ€™s capability in designing computer programs and governmental protocols for preventing cyber attacks rests largely on the shoulders of todayâ€™s students. Using computers and the internet is now an integral part of the primary schoolâ€™s syllabus, and the genesis of future research will come from the high school and university levels. Luca Spinazzola, a senior at Narragansett High School, is a beneficiary.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury opened Tuesday nightâ€™s Town Council meeting with a light-hearted joke.
Producing his 2009 and 2010 W-2 forms in response to a request last week by School Committee member Larry Ceresi, Embury stated that his wages went down over $4,000 from year to year, prompting council president Elizabeth Dolan to smile and ask if Embury also had his â€śbirth certificate with himâ€ť.
It was one of the few moments of light-hearted fun on an evening of otherwise painful decisions.
WEST WARWICK â€” The West Warwick baseball team felt like it was in Division I again Friday afternoon.
After spending four years in Division I â€“ most of them miserable â€“ the Wizards went down to Division II hoping to find a more level playing field. That has been the case for most of the season but Friday the Wizards ran into Prout starting pitcher Spencer Stall and rest of the defending II-South champion Crusaders.