May 13th, 2011
By DAVID PEPIN
While some Rhode Islanders are panicking about the stateâ€™s budget and pension crises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hoping to win over the business community with a calm, Iâ€™ve-seen-this-before approach.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Two weeks ago, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton cautioned the NK School Committee that if the town council did, in fact, level-fund the school district for fiscal year 2012, the resulting cuts necessary to bring the proposed budget into compliance would â€ścause a lot of pain in the districtâ€ť.
Tuesday evening, that pain became very real.
Ever since she first picked up a golf club at the age of three, Prout sophomore Nicole Scola has spent her life developing routines that turned her from a beginner to the stateâ€™s best female golfer.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When Charles and Jean Hickox awoke one morning at their Yawgoo Pond Road home, they did not expect to find a black bear rummaging through the birdfeeders in their back yard.
â€śWeâ€™ve seen him quite a few times. One morning we looked out and there he was. He spent the better part of the day hanging out in the backyard,â€ť Jean Hickox said.
RICHMOND -- If being eager could catch fish, the 16 kids who participated in Richmond Rec’s Huck Finn Day on Saturday all should have caught whales.
From the 'junkyard' to nationals, the Wickford Middle School Science Olympiad team has been on quite a ride this spring.
After coming in first at last month's state tournament, the team led by teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier earned its first-ever trip to nationals and will compete next week against the best and brightest scientific minds in the country on the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This week, we introduce you to the members of that team and profile their journey to the top of the state and beyond.
COVENTRY â€” The harsh reality for the Coventry baseball team is this: It doesnâ€™t matter what the playoff-chasing Oakers do against I-South leaders North Kingstown and East Greenwich.
What matters for the Oakers is winning games against Tiverton, Chariho and Portsmouth to earn a spot in the playoffs.
EXETERâ€”Like a master chef holding a potful of an untested recipe, Exeter Town Council assistant Ken Findlay sat in front of his laptop computer Thursday night with the proposed FY 2012 budget for the Town of Exeter at his fingertips and did his best to see which combination of cuts and increases would please the greatest number of town council members during a special budget workshop meeting.
Tomorrow night, though, is the real test as that recipe goes out for public consumption for the first time.
PROVIDENCE - After it came to light that convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee could be released from prison 12 years earlier due to good time behavior, state lawmakers rushed to make sure that it would never happen again. Last Thursday they did just that.
RICHMOND -- Everything seemed normal when Susan Hassard went to her daughter's house last Thursday, April 28 to bring her to South County Hospital.