A new solicitor was hired at a special meeting held by the town council on Monday night.
Frederick G. Tobinâ€™s appointment was affirmed and approved by the council 4 to 0.
Councilwoman Laura Flanagan was absent.
In addition to Tobin, the town manager recommended as a part of the resolution that Edwards, Angell, Palmer and Dodge stay on as assistant solicitors for â€śdesignated tasks.â€ť This was approved as part of the same resolution.
NEWPORT, R.I. â€“ Children and adults get so excited about seeing large amounts of big seals in Narragansett Bay that they, well, blubber.
â€śWhat we hear most is that people feel very privileged simply to be out on the Bay â€“ even if the weather is not perfect. Aside from that, we notice that small children are totally captivated by the experience,â€ť said John Martin, Director of Public Relations for Save The Bay. â€śThey canâ€™t wait to board Alletta Morris, and boredom is never a problem. Itâ€™s that way from the youngest kids to the oldest adults.
â€śWe also meet people from all around the world.â€ť he added. â€śThey flock to Newport, but most do not feel as though they have enjoyed the whole experience without being out on the Bay. The seals help make that connection and people are extremely curious about why they come, what they eat and how long they stay.â€ť
WAKEFIELD â€“ From Kenya to Haiti to Nepal, the Wakefield Baptist Church will feature more than 275 nativities from around the world to remind people what Christmas is about during its Festival of the Nativity on Dec. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church at 236 Main St. in Wakefield.
â€śIt's to remember what Christmas is about. It's a good way to get into the Christmas spirit,â€ť Nancy Bancroft, congregation member and coordinator of the festival said.
HOPKINTON – A man who touched his head to a power line last Sunday morning as he was trimming branches was listed in improving condition the next day.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”They do not pulse or sting, but they do glow. From Narragansett Bay to Argentina comb jellies shimmer with refracted light from their ever-moving bodies. And they can be spotted through the dark night waters as a result of bioluminescence. Comb jellies are a type of ctenophore (ten-o-for) and natural to Rhode Islandâ€™s waters. They are not dangerous to humans but their early reproduction cycles, which new studies show are a result of climate change, could affect the microscopic and fish life of Narragansett Bay. The jellies early births have encouraged researchers to learn more about this invertebrateâ€™s life cycle in Rhode Island's waters.
HOPKINTON â€“ One of the new Town Council's first actions was to move forward with advertising that it is looking for people interested in joining the Charter Review Committee.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ PBS's â€śSesame Streetâ€ť and â€śThe Electric Companyâ€ť are taking lessons from southern Rhode Island school districts to help increase its focus for the next two years on science and inquiry.
Sara Sweetman, director of education for the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-NET), has been working behind the scenes with Sesame Workshop since February, first in a series of seminars in New York and then continuing with regular conversations with the group that produces â€śSesame Streetâ€ť and â€śThe Electric Company.â€ť
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ An all-day kindergarten program will be offered in the Chariho Regional School District starting in the 2011-12 school year.
Unanimous approval of a plan to institute a full day of kindergarten was one of the first actions by the newly elected Chariho Regional School Committee, which voted on the item at its Nov. 23 meeting.
The board was faced with several options by the administration, one of which would have implemented the program with minimal costs by eliminating or phasing out the regular-education preschool class.
The 800-pound “political football” in the firehouse is about to get much more attention.
By a 3-0 vote with two abstentions, the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners Thursday night asked the newly elected Town Council to conduct a study of whether the historically independent fire district, which collects its own taxes to fund its operations, should be merged into town government.