February 5th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWNâFor most people, finding the career thatâs right for them is a task that takes a lifetime. For North Kingstown teenager Brandon Martinez, all it took was one afternoon at an automotive swap meet in Thompson, Connecticut.
He was seven years old.
When the world's most popular social networking site, Facebook, debuted in 2003, things were different. It started out small as it was open to a select group of colleges and universities. It grew quickly, though, and expanded to more colleges as months passed. And, soon enough, it was open to community colleges, then high schools, and, finally, every person with an Internet connection.
NARRAGANSETTâJeffry Ceasrine wouldnât trade his job for any other. Narragansett, beneficiary of the 22 years that the Town Engineer has dedicated to the planning, construction and maintenance of the townâs infrastructure, should thank him.
âWe usually get unhappy calls when something is broken,â said Ceasrine with a laugh.
âI didnât even know I was getting the award.â
This week, Westerly Community Credit Union distributed checks from the 27th Annual WCCU Holiday Basketball Tournament to the four participating high schools: Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Stonington and Westerly.
The tournament was held on Dec 27, 28, 29 and 30, and raised money for four participating schoolsâ sports boosters.
âWCCU has always been a very community-oriented institution,â stated Steve White, WCCU President & CEO. âWe couldnât be happier being the sole sponsor of this event for the past 27 years and raising money to help our communitiesâ young adults.â
COVENTRY â It was a classic spot on the schedule for the Coventry Oakers to fall into the dreaded âtrapâ game.
After winning eight of their last nine games, including Mondayâs big win over then number one in team Division I St. Raphael Academy, the Oakers had a date with the 2-16 South Kingstown Rebels.
With a four oâclock start and a smaller than usually fan base on hand, Coventry was able to muster up the energy necessary to fight off the pesky Rebels for a 75-60 victory.
WEST WARWICK â The tension was evident in West Warwickâs gymnasium last night in a game between the Wizards and the Prout Crusaders and had little to do with the scoreboard.
Fans on hand were there in anticipation of senior Tyreese Garrick scoring her 1,000th career point for her Wizardsâ career and have been waiting for over a week with recent cancellation of games to do so.
Garrick would accomplish the feat with 2:55 remaining in the first half as the Wizards won that small battle, but they ultimately lost the war as the Crusaders controlled the boards and won going away, 52-42.
CHARLESTOWN â The idea of âgoing greenâ is one that continues to gain traction throughout the country and the entire world, especially as we watch our gasoline and heating prices rise and rise.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The School Committee had its last budget workshop Monday night before it submits the school budget to the town. The committee focused on different scenarios in which school programs or buildings would be cut, how much money to anticipate from the collective bargaining agreements and how this would help close the $1.6 million budget shortfall.
NARRAGANSETT â Although the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers approved plans by a new company, Rogue Island Jitney to run a shuttle service between the URI campus and several bars in Narragansett, opposition amounts. Both URI and State Sen. James C. Sheehan, D-Narragansett, North Kingstown are challenging the PUC's decision.
At the public hearing held Jan. 4, those in opposition, including Narragansett Deputy Police Chief Gerald Driscoll and South Kingstown police's Lieutenant Paul J. Horoho and representatives from URI expressed their belief that the jitney service would become a pub crawl that would allow students to leave campus and purchase alcohol at bars and restaurants in town.
If you know there is no such thing as a free lunch, clearly, you must be aware that there is no such thing as a free vacation.
With school vacation right around the corner and families looking for great travel deals to fill the time, R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is warning consumers not to be fooled by offers of free or greatly discounted vacations.