July 20th, 2011
NARRAGANSETT â Surfing is one of those big bucket list moments that many dream of. While beaches like Huntingtonâs in California and Sunset Beach in Hawaii draw droves of surfers hoping to catch that big wave, Narragansett has its very own beach drawing local surfers, whether they are beginners or experts. With its commemoration of Environmental Day in Narragansett this Saturday, thereâs no better time to appreciate those ocean waves or learn how to catch that first big wave.
On Independence Day I watched most of two installments on the birth of our nation on the History Channel. Frankly, I had forgotten how contentious and rancorous the relations were between the founding fathers. Were it not for the commanding personality of George Washington and the presence of intellectual giants such as Benjamin Franklin and James Madison, we would probably still be singing âGod Save the Queenâ as our national anthem.
RICHMOND - Southern Rhode Island and its rural expanses are home to a large variety of wildlife, however certain species just donât belong.
On Tuesday, July 5, Richmond Animal Control Officer Anne Fisher had a close encounter with one of these creatures; an emu, which is a large, flightless bird indigenous to Australia. A close cousin of the Ostrich, the emu is much larger than any bird living on this part of the planet, let alone Rhode Island.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Olivia Rich has a singing voice well beyond her young 12 years. Dancing, singing and acting, the Curtis Corner Middle School student has performed in several performances and lit Old Mountain Field like the fireworks display that followed her with her talented voice singing the National Anthem on July 4.
By DAVID PEPIN
While class was ending for most East Greenwich kids last week, its youngest students received their first important lesson at school.
Safety Town, a 22-year-old program organized by the Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative Preschool and designed to teach young students the basics of personal safety, brought 48 children to Meadowbrook Farms School for five days of fun and activities to make them more aware of the new world about to unfold around them, and the dangers that sometimes lurk in it.
BY REGINA FOSTER
Special to the Standard
EXETER â The sun is beating down on Sheila Reynolds-Boothroyd as she sets up a table in front of the newly restored Woody Hill School. Sheâs preparing for the open house organized by the Exeter Historical Association which she heads.
At Saturdayâs event, part of a two-day celebration of the townâs one-room schools, Virginia Barber Laiho and her sister Alice Barber Boynton, who lived at the farm across the road, share memories.
CHARLESTOWN - There will be a new face behind the town administratorâs desk at the Charlestown Town Hall for the next three weeks. Town Treasurer Patricia Anderson will be ascending to the roll of Town Administrator in the absence of Bill DiLebero.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The town council authorized the town tax assessor Monday night to abate taxes for people participating in the elderly tax abatement program in the amount of $326,000.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The Plum Beach Lighthouse license plate, with its handsome rendering of the historic fireplug-style beacon, has been voted the first runner-up in a national contest sponsored by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
Dave Zapatka, president of Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse, says the plate was nominated in early March and by mid-April he was informed of the honor.
âIt was the best finish for a specialty plate,â he notes. âThere had never been one in the top five.â
CHARLESTOWN - Rep. Donna Walsh (D - Dist. 36) was on hand at the Charlestown Town Council meeting Monday night to update the council on any new state legislation that is going to directly impact the town.
It was mostly good news for Charlestown.