February 7th, 2011
The director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was at Monday nightâs town council meeting to discuss the replacement of the bridge on Laurel Avenueârenamed last year the Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge.
Michael Lewis, RIDOTâs director, was back at a Coventry town council meeting for the second time in less than a year.
For months, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School repair dilemma has vexed the School Committee.
On Monday night, the Town Council faced its turn, with a divided council deciding it needed two more weeks to ponder that and other school-related repair issues totaling $3.8 million.
NARRAGANSETTâWithin the past week there have been several incidents within southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island where recreational or small fishing vessels sunk at their pier or mooring due to excess weight from snow and ice.
With school vacation right around the corner and families looking for great deals to fill the time, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin warns consumers not to be fooled by offers of free or greatly discounted vacations.
NARRAGANSETTâA local professor and businessman, John K. Dunn, 58, of 365 Boston Neck Road, was arrested on Jan. 28 by Rhode Island State Police on three felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. Dunn entered no plea and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
On Feb. 2, Dunn, in consultation with university officials, was relieved of his teaching duties and has been placed on an âalternative work assignment.â
NORTH KINGSTOWNâFor most people, finding the career thatâs right for them is a task that takes a lifetime. For North Kingstown teenager Brandon Martinez, all it took was one afternoon at an automotive swap meet in Thompson, Connecticut.
He was seven years old.
When the world's most popular social networking site, Facebook, debuted in 2003, things were different. It started out small as it was open to a select group of colleges and universities. It grew quickly, though, and expanded to more colleges as months passed. And, soon enough, it was open to community colleges, then high schools, and, finally, every person with an Internet connection.
NARRAGANSETTâJeffry Ceasrine wouldnât trade his job for any other. Narragansett, beneficiary of the 22 years that the Town Engineer has dedicated to the planning, construction and maintenance of the townâs infrastructure, should thank him.
âWe usually get unhappy calls when something is broken,â said Ceasrine with a laugh.
âI didnât even know I was getting the award.â
This week, Westerly Community Credit Union distributed checks from the 27th Annual WCCU Holiday Basketball Tournament to the four participating high schools: Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Stonington and Westerly.
The tournament was held on Dec 27, 28, 29 and 30, and raised money for four participating schoolsâ sports boosters.
âWCCU has always been a very community-oriented institution,â stated Steve White, WCCU President & CEO. âWe couldnât be happier being the sole sponsor of this event for the past 27 years and raising money to help our communitiesâ young adults.â
COVENTRY â It was a classic spot on the schedule for the Coventry Oakers to fall into the dreaded âtrapâ game.
After winning eight of their last nine games, including Mondayâs big win over then number one in team Division I St. Raphael Academy, the Oakers had a date with the 2-16 South Kingstown Rebels.
With a four oâclock start and a smaller than usually fan base on hand, Coventry was able to muster up the energy necessary to fight off the pesky Rebels for a 75-60 victory.