July 14th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â As the deadline for the school department and the teacherâs union to reach an agreement nears, tension between the two parties mounts with what seems to be different perspectives of what is going on at the negotiating table. At issue now is whether the school department is allowing for collaborative negotiations.
After reading the school committee letter sent through the school departmentâs listserv on Monday, July 11 NEASK President Christine Heid was shocked.
It's been the topic on everyone's mind in North Kingstown. Will Dr. Phillip Thornton stay or go as Superintendent of the NK School District?
Monday night, he made his answer clear with a letter of resignation and, wasting little time, the NK School Committee began the process of finding his replacement, appointing Dr. Philip Auger as interim superintendent beginning July 22nd.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â A fire that caused extensive damage last Friday inside the Willow Dell Beach Club on Cardâs Pond Road in Matunuck is being treated as arson.
NARRAGANSETTâAs lifeguards come and go from the South Beach Pavilion onto the sun warmed sand and do their duty protecting the lives of beachgoers, a saying rests painted on the hallwayâs concrete brick wall, âNarragansett Surf Rescue, A tradition of excellence.â On July 16, the dedication which the Surf Rescue team at the town beach brings to the oceanâs waves daily will take another great step forward. The first annual Waterman Eco-Challenge is set to begin.
At various times in this space, I have compared the General Assembly leadership to the leaders of the old Soviet Union, imperiously working their own will and impervious to public opinion.
Not so this year.
This year people power won at least two major political and policy victories.
The first was killing Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs sales tax proposals. That brought a whole shipload of businesspeople to the Statehouse to oppose the idea at the House Finance Committee.
NARRAGANSETTâThe 35th Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to the wave-struck shore of Narragansett Town Beach. Tonight at 8 p.m., residents will be able to enjoy the sounds of violins, cellos, and other instruments carrying through the evening air.
The event is sponsored by Citizenâs Bank and admission is free, although the town asks that attendees give donations if at all possible. Those who come to see the event are also asked to arrive early as space on the beach is limited.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Wickford Flowers, formerly a venerable town fixture owned by the Greene family, is undergoing a transformation.
According to owner Tim Schartner, the operation, in business for a half-century, has phased out cut-flowers, transferring that service to Blossom Florist, in East Greenwich, another Schartner enterprise.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â On rustic Gilbert Stuart Road, a stoneâs throw from the noisy rush of traffic heading to and from the beach is SunRose Farm, a place so peaceful that itâs possible to tune out external commotion.
In the Pierce family for more than 200 years, this was once a 110-acre dairy farm.
RICHMONDâResidents of southern Rhode Island have a special kind of friendly hospitality that make many visitors fall in love with the region. However, there are some people out there that can take advantage of the kindness of others for their own benefit.
PROVIDENCE- The state will spend the next six months studying potential reforms to the law that allows prisoners time off their sentences for good behavior under a resolution sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi and passed by the House of Representatives last week.