July 9th, 2011
By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
EXETER â€“Virginia Barber Laiho, 84, has fond memories of attending the one-room Woody Hill School off Route 165 in the western part of town.
â€śIt was very interesting,â€ť she says, â€śbecause we used to live across the street from the school. I would go over early to get the fire started in the cast-iron stove. The kids would walk or ride in the milk cart and the teachers lived with different families. One lived with us for two years; she had a room and ate with us.â€ť
HOPKINTONâ€“Crossing the Wood River at the Hopkinton/Richmond town line just became a whole lot easier. The Woodville Road Bridge has been reopened, Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (Dist. 38 â€“ Hopkinton) announced in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) last week.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The town of Narragansett honored a group of local firefighters Tuesday evening for their exceptional response and work in saving a stranded kayaker.
By PAUL J. SPETRINI
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”It would be hard to blame Francie Christophersen if her focus isnâ€™t exactly on this yearâ€™s Wickford Art Festival.
Now in its 49th year, the Festival has become one of the signature summer events in Rhode Island and, next year, for the big 50th anniversary, Christophersen and her cohorts at the Wickford Art Association are likely going to want to pull out all the stops for that special milestone.
The 35th Annual RI Philharmonic Concert on the Beach has been postponed from tonight to tomorrow night, Saturday, July 9th at 6 p.m. due to inclement weather. If you have any questions call Narragansett Parks and Recreation at 788-2568 or visit www.narragansettri.gov.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the last remaining pieces of the old beach pavilion at East Matunuck State Beach are trucked away this week, some beach goers are feeling disgruntled by the upheaval of their beach stay.
While East Matunuck beach lovers visit the state beach this summer they may be surprised to find less parking, no concession stand and only port-a-johns as construction of the new pavilion is underway up until next May 2012.
The new state budget for the fiscal year 2012 is officially in place. The bill was signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday, June 30, and passed into law just one day before the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012).
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Customers walk in, coming and going, to discuss they dayâ€™s news and ask about which flowers are in season. Short, green stems are strewn about the tile floor. The phone rings and then rings again. As the afternoon sun shines upon the bonzai trees and ceramics painted with japanese characters, you meet the proprietor, Hisa Kaizumi, and notice an accent. You have just entered into Hisaâ€™s Flowers.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury sat behind his desk Tuesday afternoon with a stack of papers, emails and phone messages to sift through after the long holiday weekend and, on the surface, he should have had a smile on the face.
After all, the numbers from the end of June were in and, at the close of the fiscal year, the town is set to finish 2011 with a net surplus. But itâ€™s hard for Embury to think positively about the state of finances in NK, especially with what promises to be a long, hard road ahead in 2012 and 2013.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist held a talk recently about the adoption of a Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) which will be integrated into the curricula of schools state-wide. Gist has identified that teaching about environmental safety in the classroom is necessary for developing a well-rounded educational experience.