May 17th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) recently met with the public and interested wind farm companies to discuss the leasing of ocean area off of Block Island.
The joint Rhode Island and Massachusetts Renewable Energy Task Force, established in November 2009, has accepted unsolicited leasing applications from two wind projects companies, Deepwater Wind New England, LLC and Neptune Wind, LLC. These companies will now proceed to go through BOEMREâ€™s leasing process which determines which project is most financially and technically capable to build a safe and regulatory compliant wind farm.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”If youâ€™re under 21 years old and are thinking of buying alcohol or tobacco, you might want to think again.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of North Kingstownâ€™s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the North Kingstown Police Department and local liquor store owners, thereâ€™s a new tool, an identification recognition scanner, designed to curb the use of fake identification.
The scanner looks much like an old-school credit card swipe machine but with new-school electronics.
HOPKINTON -- Two members of the Town Council, the Town Planner, and the Town Manager will meet with local gravel bank operators and their attorney to discuss the long-in-the-works ordinance for land clearing and earth removal.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The economy is down and thievery is up.
According to North Kingstown Police Capt. Patrick Flanagan, a recently-promoted veteran with 24 years on the force, certain crime cycles can be observed. North Kingstown is starting a new one: stealing metal to resell as scrap has become the hot trend.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With an expansion of the Access to Excellence policy at the schools underway, the school committee discussed its progress so far as it is adapted to the middle school and overall student population at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
JAMESTOWN â€“ Charlene Tuttle moves among the short desks in her science class at the K-4th grade school on Melrose Avenue, encouraging and guiding her charges with cheerful positive reinforcement.
To get their attention, she says, â€śFace me; body towards me. Youâ€™ll be sharing [the materials]. Thanks, kids, for listening!â€ť
Later she says â€śNice job!â€ť when one responds correctly to a question.
HOPKINTON -- Some of the town roads could get a bit darker this coming July should the Town Council approve the removal of 192 streetlights, all of which were studied by the police department.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Commercial fishing is arguably the most important economy driver in Rhode Island. Point Judith is the third largest fishing community in New England based on total catch values. It is clear, however, that fishermen are struggling in the most recent economic downturn.
â€śWhat is unique about Rhode Island is that every county is a coastal community,â€ť said John Scotti, Senior Fisheries Specialist at Cornell. â€śNo other state is like that. Every county in Rhode Island is affected by the commercial fishing industry.â€ť
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (SRIN) won a total of five awards in this yearâ€™s annual Rhode Island Press Association (RIPA) Editorial contest.
Paul J. Spetrini, editor of the North Kingstown Standard-Times, was awarded first place in the Sports Story Category for his coverage of the 2010 RIIL girls softball Division II State Championship victory by the Exeter-West Greenwich Scarlet Knights.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”As gas prices rise and uncertainty grows about the sustainability of the countryâ€™s consumption of fossils fuel, Rhode Island has taken a step towards preserving resources and creating a more economically stable environment. The state has received $28 million for the development a high-speed rail system through the Northeast corridor, the Rhode Island portion of which will run from Kingston rail station in South Kingstown up to Providence.