May 20th, 2011
By DAVID PEPIN
Happy hearts, happy alumni, happy teachers.
They added up to plenty of smiles Saturday morning at the 25th anniversary celebration of Happy Hearts Learning Center, 2608 South County Trail, as the preschoolâs current crop of pupils ages 2 to 5 mixed with their older predecessors, including a few young adults, and past and present faculty members.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâA planned public hearing to discuss an amendment to the comprehensive plan of North Kingstown began with a presentation by the Consensus Building Institute on how plans to bring a mixed-use development to the intersection of South County Trail and Ten Rod Road would affect those closest to it and ended with applicant Mark Hawkins sitting in a chair exhausted, his head in his hands, no closer to a decision than he was when he walked in.
How far would you go to make sure your child has access to everything her fellow schoolmates have?
That's a question that's been on the mind of North Kingstown's Lisa Windham for quite some time now.
Her daughter Laura, a first-grader at Fishing Cove Elementary School, was born with spastic paraplegia, a neuromuscular disease similar to cerebral palsy and for much of Laura's young life, her mother has had to battle to get handicapped-accessible playgrounds so her child can enjoy recess with her classmates.
Read all about Laura's long journey in this week's Standard Times.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â For two South Kingstown teachers, last week was a week to remember.
After 24 years as an educator, Matunuck Elementary School Principal Debra Zepp was honored at the Rhode Island State House last week as the Rhode Island Elementary School Principal of the Year. Also, with 18 years experience as an educator in the South Kingstown School District, Broad Rock Middle School sixth grade counselor Sharon Schmid was honored as the South Kingstown Teacher of the Year out of 16 nominees.
NARRAGANSETTâSenator Jack Reed met with local fishermen and researchers from the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) on Monday to discuss recent efforts of fisheries data collection at Point Judith.
Officials met aboard the Darana R, a 90 foot trawler which is owned and operated by the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP). The vessel is staffed by a team of researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and is conducting an extensive survey of the in-shore fisheries in Rhode Island and Block Island Sound.
RICHMOND -- Sections of the town are still reeling from the massive, historic floods that ripped through Rhode Island in March 2010.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâWhen Wickford Middle School teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier talks about the members of her Science Olympiad team this year, she canât help being impressed by their focus and dedication.
âIâve been blessed with the group I have,â she says. âThey come in, we have snack time from 2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., they eat their animal crackers and then we get down to business.â
And business, it appears, is about to pick up.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâRepresentatives 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 BOEMREâs leasing process which determines which project is most financially and technically capable to build a safe and regulatory compliant wind farm.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâIf youâre 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 Kingstownâs Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the North Kingstown Police Department and local liquor store owners, thereâs 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.