July 2nd, 2011
CHARLESTOWN â€” Along with the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, alluring beaches, and thick forests, one of the best and most breathtaking pieces of Charlestown resides right above our heads.
The townâ€™s gorgeous dark skies have become more than a reason to stop by the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory. According to Observatory Director Francine Jackson, the skies have actually drawn people to visit and even reside in Charlestown.
By PAUL J. SPETRINI
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Tuesday night, the North Kingstown School Committee held a special business meeting in which it elected member Kim Page as chairperson and Richard Welch as vice chairperson of the committee but the most newsworthy item of the night for the school district wasnâ€™t what was happening in NK, it was what was happening 35 miles away.
By a 6-1 margin, the Cumberland School Committee voted to select NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton for its vacant Superintendent position.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With the school committee deciding on how to reconfigure the school district and the state facing unfunded pension liabilities, the council agreed to contact local representatives and the school department to voice their concerns.
WAKEFIELD â€“ The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County presented its most recent Music at Lily Pads event on Saturday night, June 25. Singer and songwriter Vance Gilbert was the headlining act, and while he played his signature bluesy sounding folk songs, he entertained the crowd just as well with his stories, jokes and conversation.
Well, after three-plus years here at The Chariho Times, itâ€™s time that I, Andrew Martin, move on to greener â€” or southern, rather â€” pastures.
As of June 25, I will officially be a resident of Raleigh, N.C., while simultaneously handing in my passport from the state of Rhode Island. Yeah, I know, you donâ€™t need a passport to live here, but it certainly feels that way.
To say we all live on our own planet in R.I. would be an understatement. A massive understatement.
It's called Character Ed, and it does contain some valuable life lessons.
But for fifth- and sixth-graders at Eldredge and Hanaford elementary schools, Bob Houghtaling is hoping to draw some character out of the students in preparation for the challenges they will soon be facing at Cole Middle School.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
JAMESTOWN â€“ When East Providence native Thomas P. Tighe was searching for a job as a municipal police officer, his father-in-law clipped a newspaper ad advertising an opening in the Jamestown department.
â€śI didnâ€™t know where Jamestown was,â€ť he says, laughing. â€śMy father-in-law, who worked at the radar station at Beavertail, had to give me directions.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Although the state General Assembly provided an additional $500,000 to South County Hospital to help cover the costs of services for people who do not have insurance or are unable to pay, the hospital still faces a significant budget shortfall.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The Town Council held a public workshop on Thursday, June 23 at Ninigret Park to provide residents with information about the townâ€™s Wind Generation Ordinance. Town Council President Thomas Gentz was on hand to give an update on the project and introduce two other speakers.
While not too many people showed up because of the rainy weather, Gentz said that those who did come acquired some new knowledge about the ordinance.
â€śWe had about 12 citizens there,â€ť he said, â€śand they asked a lot of good questions and they learned a lot.â€ť
When news broke last week that North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was considering taking a position in Cumberland, it spread like wildfire throughout NK.
This week, we update you with all the latest news on Thornton, who was just selected for the vacant Superintendent position in Cumberland. Will he stay or will he go? How is the NK School Committee handling the news?