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June 1st, 2011

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June 2, 2011

After months of back-and-forth debate on the 2012 budget for the NK School Department, voters will take to the polls this Tuesday to approve or deny a petition to increase funding for the department by $500,000.
This week, we tell you everything you need to know about the referendum. What cuts have been made? What cuts are still on the table? How will the department use the money?

YMCA starts “My Y is Every Y” program

June 1, 2011

WESTERLY – The Y stands for healthy living and to make sure all members continue to be involved wherever they may travel, YMCAs across New England have joined together to offer reciprocal membership through their “My Y is Every Y” program.

May 31st

Local URI student seeks to change the world

June 1, 2011

A local college student is out to change the world and judging by his collegiate accomplishments thus far, he’s off to a great start.
Scott Andrews, 21 years old and a junior at University of Rhode Island, believes an individual can combine political ideals and take action to transform their communities at the same time.
It’s because of this belief that Andrews was recently chosen by the Campus Compact as one of 135 men-of-action for its first group of Newman Civic Fellows who come from 30 states.

SCH Lyme Disease Clinic seeks an end to insect bite disease

May 31, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Nearly 90 percent of all Lyme disease cases have been reported in the Northeastern part of the United States according to the state Department of Health and with May being the time the ticks start taking their first bite, South County Hospital is hoping to do something about it.

May 30th

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 5): Cold War was his specialty

May 31, 2011

JAMESTOWN – In his Navy service, former Wickford Middle School Principal Martin Hellewell (a 1954 graduate of WMS)—who retired as a captain—logged 30 years, 10 on active duty and 20 in the Reserves.
At 74, he says he was involved in Cold War activities “big time”, starting after his 1960 graduation from Officers Candidate School. “I went as an engineer officer on a patrol craft escort based out of Chicago.

New Charlestown Town Clerk appointed

May 30, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – For newly appointed Town Clerk Amy Rose Weinreich, it felt like she was training for the job since her first day with the town in February 2002 as Deputy Town Clerk.

Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation remembers those lost at sea

May 30, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—As Memorial Day approaches, the fishing community gathers to commemorate fellow fishermen who have been lost at sea. The ninth annual ‘Seafood Harvest Fest’ on Wednesday evening brought together former and current fishermen for an evening of conversation and food.

“This event has always been a success,” said Mike Marchetti, a local fisherman. “It’s always packed and there is great food. It’s a really great gig.”

May 29th

A Salute To Those Who Served (Part 4): Fernstrom thinks of buddies

May 30, 2011

EXETER – Even now, 44 years after he patrolled the jungles of Vietnam – a place that steamed in the daytime, becoming, cold and wet at night – Ken Fernstrom remembers the daily quest to survive.
“I think about it on a daily basis,” he says. “Everything is still crystal clear.”
Fernstrom, who served 18 years on the Town Council (he thinks that's a record for length of tenure on Exeter's governing body), was 18 in 1967 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Infantry.

Child killer agrees to remain behind bars

May 29, 2011

CRANSTON – After months of speculation and public outrage at the news of convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee’s early release from prison, Woodmansee has agreed to remain locked up after he’s released from prison Sept. 1.

At a press conference at the ACI last Friday, the state Department of Corrections announced that Michael Woodmansee agreed to voluntarily commit himself to a locked ward at the state mental institution at Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston.

Newly appointed Pier beach manager ready for summer

May 29, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The town council approved the appointment of Steven Wright to the position of Beach Superintendent this Monday evening with a vote of four to one. The position will run actively from May 15 to September 30. Wright’s main charge will be the upkeep of daily operational activities and the management of beach staff at a pay rate of $4500 per month.

 

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