April 9th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Rev. W. David Dobbins Jr., interim rector of St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church, confessed that the planning group for last weekâ€™s Lenten luncheon seriously underestimated the number of participants.
â€śWe heard about attendance at the other lunches and talked about setting up for 80 but we thought that must be an exaggeration. So we prepared for 60.â€ť
HOPKINTON -- The town is one step closer to having bingo games available again for residents as the Town Council will vote on a related ordinance at its upcoming April 18 meeting.
The council closed the public hearing on a zoning ordinance Monday, April 4 that defines bingo halls and makes it so that the town can offer bingo only under specific circumstances.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“The economic downturn has affected many towns and cities around the nation, yet none as pronouncedly as the fishing communities in the New England area. Point Judith is one of them.
The U.S Economic Development Administration has selected Point Judith, among six other New England fishing ports, for a two and a half-day analysis of the specific issues concerning the community. The EDA examined a number of fishery data from the fishing ports, including the groundfish landing revenues and the percentage of groundfish landed at a port compared to state totals.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Architect Andy Pearce was ready to accept a job with Keough Construction, but before he did, he told his new employer he couldnâ€™t start until after Feb. 12.
Itâ€™s more a question of why. Pearce had committed to being part of a mission team from First Baptist Church in Wickford that was planning a trip to the Dominican Republic from Feb. 5-12.
Not only did his new boss agree to the stipulation, he donated money to the effort.
We reported last week that the Charlestown Town Council approved an amended version of the zoning ordinance that defines wind generator towers and systems. And we were glad to see that the council was able to move relatively quickly in getting this approved.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ After serving in Iraq from 2008 to 2009, two local Narragansett veterans are being deployed once again this May to Afghanistan, having to leave behind their first baby.
Their deployment to Afghanistan will be the second time both Michael and Marie Johnson go overseas. But this time will be the first time they have to leave their eight month year old daughter behind, who will stay with her maternal grandmother.
Surfing the waters in Narragansett, eating clam cakes and clam chowder and spending a summer day at the beach are what many believe make Rhode Island what is it.
Yet, with Gov. Chafeeâ€™s proposal to double beach parking fees looming, many Rhode Islanders feel the price increase will only take away from what made this state the Ocean State.
CRANSTONâ€”Every spring, teenagers across the United States are exposed to a barrage of anti-drunk driving messages and campaigns.
With prom season and graduation fast approaching, high school juniors and seniors can expect to spend as much time watching public service announcements about the dangers of drunk driving or hearing from their parents, grandparents and teachers about how they have to make smart choices as they do finding that perfect tux or gown or planning a big post-high school party.
CHARLESTOWN -- Cross Mills Public Library recently announced a plan to renovate the libraryâ€™s childrenâ€™s room, creating a space of openness and beauty which will allow easier access for children of all ages.
NARRAGANSETT- The North Beach Clubhouse has been the place for residents to have parties for years. Today, the clubhouse facing the ocean is being renovated for the future.
Keith Lescarbeau, the lead contractor and owner of Abcore Restoration, is finishing the complete overhaul of the North Beach Clubhouse. The project has taken only five weeks from planning to the end of construction, a time frame which is not often possible.