April 17th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town council held two public hearings Monday night concerning a Community Development Block Grant the town received and amendments to special use permits in the Zoning Ordinance.
The town held the first public hearing to obtain citizen views on the community development, housing needs and program performance relative to the townâ€™s application for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. Though the town sought citizen input on the grants that can go directly to the community, no one from the public came to comment on the CDBG grant.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When Myra Mudge heard there was to be an ecumenical series of Lenten lunches at churches all over town, she went to the Rev. Bertrand Theroux, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, and asked: Can we do it?
â€śHe said yes,â€ť she recalled. â€śItâ€™s the first time weâ€™ve had it here and Iâ€™ve been looking forward to it so much. Itâ€™s all so wonderful.â€ť
As the organizer of last weekâ€™s event at the church on School Street, she can take pride in a job well done.
RICHMOND â€“ Over the past few years the economy has seen better days, and the average consumer has less money to spend on their animals.
Carol Terranova and her friends saw this becoming a recurring scenario and decided it was time they did something about it, and so was born â€śMaggies Pet Pantry.â€ť
NARRAGANSETTâ€“URIâ€™s Bay Campus is the launching point for many scientific activities. The 30-year-old research vessel Endeavor has traveled over one million nautical miles, transporting scientists and complex research tools to places such as the Black Sea to examine ancient shipwrecks. The GSO offers public school teachers the chance to partake in such important scientific work. Erica Killian is one of them.
â€śThis is my first experience,â€ť said Killian, a mathematics teacher at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. â€śThe scientists took me in and made me a part of the process. They are a really interesting group of people.â€ť
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Susan Aylward remembers her first library experience accompanying her father on Sundays to the grand Greek revival building on Brown Street, where he was the custodian for 27 years.
â€śThere was a wonderful smell; a combination of the books and the wax on the floors. Itâ€™s a comforting smell from my childhood.â€ť
While her dad, the late Thomas Aylward â€“ later the townâ€™s fire chief â€“ cleaned the rooms, Susan sat at the desk front desk.
â€śI played with the [circulation] cards,â€ť she recalls. â€śIâ€™m sure they were all out of order when the librarians came to work.â€ť
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NARRAGANSETTâ€“Firefighters responded to a lightning strike at Bonnet Place, 1004 Boston Neck Road, in the north-end of Narragansett early Wednesday morning.
The fire was called in at 8:03 a.m. and NFD Rescue number 3 was the first to respond at 8:12 a.m. Engines from South and North Kingstown responded, and three Ladders from Narragansett also arrived on the scene. Multiple chiefs and deputies were on hand for assistance.
Lightning struck the cupola on the roof of Bonnet Place, igniting a fire. The fire was contained at 9:07 a.m. and did not spread to the rest of the structure.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Researchers, business executives, government and military officials gathered at URI on Monday to discuss strategies for protecting the flow of information in the cyber world and identifying potential threats. Information systems across the country are penetrated by hackers daily, exposing citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies to dangerous breaches of security.
WEST GREENWICHâ€”Over the past two months, Exeter-West Greenwich Superintendent Dr. Thomas Geismar has said, repeatedly, that the amount the school district has proposed in its budget for the 2011-2012 school year was as small as possible and, after much debate, Geismar explained to both the school committee itself and the town councils of Exeter and West Greenwich that there were no more cuts to make.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“The morning fog lifted above the Narragansett Pier School this past Sunday, revealing clusters of bicyclists and walkers readying themselves for the journey through town. Families and friends conversed about their lives but more importantly about the walk for MS upon which they were about to embark.