Christmas in the United States is really BIG. By big, I mean over the top, crazy, out of control enormous. Everyone comments on how it gets bigger and the preparations start earlier as the years pass. My first encounter with Christmas carols occurred in my car on exactly November 8th, a Monday morning driving into work. A few stray bars of â€śJingle Bellsâ€ť hit my ear drums and it was all over, Christmas had arrived a full two and a half weeks before Thanksgiving. Is this really and truly necessary?
Over the last month, Richmond police said several people living in Richmond, Hopkinton, and Charlestown have been victims of larceny from thieves crawling under their unattended motor vehicles and cutting away their catalytic converters.
Most humans are sighted. Stephanie Izzo sees.
Izzo, 28, a Coventry native who now lives in New York, has captured the essence of our littlest state in her self-published book, â€śOcean Sites and City Lights: A Collection of Photographs.â€ť
It is visionary, scenic, historic; 120 pages of beaches, lighthouses, skylines, architecture, urban vignettes. You will see our state as only she can, in a way you hadnâ€™t before.
Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that â€śkiller app,â€ť the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didn't wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but it's certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.
Perhaps more so than the debate over the sheer size of a proposed 427-foot wind turbine in Stamp Farm on South County Trail, and maybe even more so than the safety concerns of its placement in a residential neighborhood and/or the effects such a structure will have on local property values, it seems as if many of the local residents who have recently spoken out against this project have all had one central complaint.
Their complaint, it seems, is that the changes to the townâ€™s ordinance are moving too fast and that they werenâ€™t informed soon enough and/or allowed to speak their mind.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Each summer since 2008 Denis and Anne Martin have welcomed a child from Brooklyn, N.Y. as a part of the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that offers inner-city kids the joy of summer vacation
Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has provided free summerÂ experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the friendly town program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. Children are selected to participate in the Fresh Air Fundâ€™s programs based on financial need. Fresh Air youngsters are registered by more than 90 social service and community organizations in all five boroughs of New York City.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ If you pick up a 30-pack of beer in the next few days or so, you might see an unfamiliar sticker attached to the package bearing the text, â€śHelp prevent underage drinking. Out of their hands... Know the law! It is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol for anyone under 21!â€ť
CHARLESTOWNâ€“Next time you shuck a shell at an icy oyster bar, make sure you ask where the leftovers are being dumped. Rhode Island's Nature Conservancy has received $46,000 in funds to recycle shells and restore the oyster population off of Charlestown's water. Your discarded bivalve can help.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The town council and school committee met Monday night for the start of the budget talks, where they hashed out the details and held a public discussion. The meeting was held to solicit comments from the public relating to the goals and objectives of the development of the 2011 to 2012 municipal and school budgets.
Christmas means different things to different people but the one thing most people can agree on is it's a time for love.
This week's Standard Times features a nice reminder of that as a pair of local senior citizens spent the weekend before Christmas pledging their love to another in the holy ceremony of marriage.