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February 20th, 2011

Ashaway's Principal Morrone receives state award

February 20, 2011

ASHAWAY – As he and his students will tell you, Ashaway Elementary School Principal Steven Morrone typically isn't speechless in the morning.

But, to be fair, the morning of Monday, Feb. 14 wasn't typical in the least.

As he walked into the cafeteria of the elementary school, Morrone was flanked by members of the Chariho Regional School Committee, district administrators and teachers, his family, and the entire student body.

The second-year principal, who could see that everyone was excited and clapping, began clapping, too, as he was obviously unaware of what was going on.

Wakefield Books opens its doors

February 20, 2011

WAKEFIELD–South County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.

Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstore’s lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.

February 19th

Johnson's revamped as Northwick

February 20, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When you’re fed up with freezing temperatures, icy roads and blackened snow piled high, it’s nice to think about warm-weather activities as a distraction.
Some people pore over seed catalogs, planning their spring gardens. Barry Gross is enmeshed in plans to refurbish the old Johnson’s Boat Yard site that he’s owned since 1992. He’s already started, dredging three years ago to increase the capacity to 60 slips plus 24 moorings in Mill Cove.
Now, under the new name Northwick Boat Yard, the Narragansett-based realtor and developer is upgrading the facilities again.

Charter Review expects final draft ready for May

February 19, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The Charter Review met Wednesday and is approaching the end of their work. The commission, whose last entity met in 1998, expects to have a final draft ready for the council for their May meeting. Discussion at this week's meeting dealt with purchasing powers and ethics.

February 18th

School budget for NK passes first hurdle

February 19, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN - According to the North Kingstown Town Ordinance, the NK School Committee had to submit a budget to the Town Council by the end of Tuesday’s School Committee meeting. After lengthy discussions, the committee approved, five to two, a bottom line of $58,805,460. Committee members William Mudge and Joe Thompson cast the dissenting votes.

Only makes sense to push back the dismissal deadline

February 18, 2011

As some of you are well aware, it can be very trying to remain knowledgeable and, perhaps above all, aware of the many doings of the government. Many times, it can feel like a second job trying to keep up with all the happenings in your town or region, never mind the entire state or country. Trust us, we know this all too well.

RI fishermen seek local market success

February 18, 2011

The Senate Task Force on Fisheries, led by Rhode Island senator Susan V. Sosnowski, met Wednesday evening to discuss the issues concerning the creation of local seafood markets.

One might think that seafood is a significant staple of the Rhode Island economy, yet no current infrastructure exists for the marketing of local seafood products. A varied group of speakers from fishermen to local businessmen to scientists detailed their approaches and concerns about creating sustainable, local seafood markets.

Project Sweet Peas to benefit from Polar Plunge this Saturday

February 18, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The first annual Polar Plunge organized by Project Sweet Peas will take place at George’s of Galilee Beach this Saturday. Although the town of Narragansett is not unfamiliar with such frigid rituals, this time the goal is more than mere novelty.

Towers Committee talks 2011 restoration, budget, events

February 18, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Towers Committee met on Feb. 15 to discuss their events schedule, their budget, and new plans for the historic landmark.
The building is undergoing restoration and the Town Council has already approved the final proposal for $177, 590 to Abcore. This phase will include replacement of a stairway, landings, elevator, hallway, and other projects around the property. The committee also hopes to refurbish display cases, install shelving, and install furniture in the Towers office.

Fire leaves man with double loss: home, dog

February 18, 2011

The heavily damaged home at 174 Ayrault Road stands as a monument to loss.
On the evening of Feb. 8 at about 8:30, its owner, Donald M. Lynch, 71, returned home from dinner to find heavy smoke coming from within his house.

 

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