February 24th, 2011
CRANSTON, R.I. - Clink, clank, clunk! That's the sound more than 15,000 students throughout Rhode Island will soon hear as they pour their pocket change into collection jars to support Olive Garden's 17th-annual Pasta for Pennies program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) School & Youth campaign. Last year, Olive Garden's Pasta for Pennies collected $6.1 million nationally, bringing the total amount donated since the program's inception to more than $53 million.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ Looking to hold a yard sale in town once the weather warms up? Be sure to check the town's recently amended ordinance on yard sales beforehand.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ A state representative has proposed repealing the controversial Caruolo Act, which allows school committees to file suit against their taxpayers when they overspend their budgets, something South Kingstown isn't too worried about.
Rep. Patricia L. Morgan, R- West Warwick, Coventry introduced the legislation to eliminate the law that she said is a costly and lengthy method of resolving funding disputes.
A team of students from Coventry High School secured a spot in the top five at a statewide annual high school robotics competition last weekend.
The students, members of the Coventry High School Robotics Club, were one of the more than 30 teams to enter in this yearâ€™s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Tech Challenge.
Experience was a key element for the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners in choosing Russell McGillivray as their new deputy chief.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Dr. Mirella â€śMurielâ€ť Emley Camarra, an outspoken public watchdog and advocate for the common man â€“ instrumental in reviving the North Kingstown Taxpayers Organization in the mid-1990s â€“ died Monday at her home on Narrow Lane.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously penned his 54-line poem â€śKubla Khanâ€ť in an opium fog, scribbling his mystical visions as they came to him. But, in the midst of this poetic ecstasy he was interrupted by a visitor from Porlockâ€”a village in southern Englandâ€”and never completed the poem. Since then, in literary circles, any unwanted visitor is referred to as a â€śPerson from Porlockâ€ť.
WAKEFIELD â€“ To empower women and girls to live safe, peaceful lives, a leader in self-defense and martial arts is offering an open workshop Sat., March 5 to teach women self-defense skills to avoid dangerous encounters.
During the workshop, held at 24 Salt Pond Road, Room B-3 from 1 to 4 p.m, lead instructor Anne Kuzminsky will teach participants how to use intuition, awareness and active thinking for safety, verbal skills and confident body language. She will also evaluate their physical and mental abilities. Kuzminsky will teach basic self-defense strategies and inform participants about the dynamics and realities of violence. She will also teach women techniques on how to interrupt violence like making eye contact, being assertive and using physical skills.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“Beginning their roughly six-month General Assembly session, Rhode Island's citizen legislature is now in a whirl of political activity.
Committee assignments are complete and politicians are hoping to accomplish stated goals before the political climate warms to an election year fever. With demonstrations supporting (and opposing) allowing gays and lesbians to marry, we at the Narragansett Times asked what state senators and representatives thought about this controversial issue as well what updates they could give the public on bills they were working to move through committees.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ Over the past year and a half or so, wind energy has dominated a majority of discussions held during town meetings, from workshops to public hearings.