Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
While a technology upgrade to East Greenwich High School received the School Committeeâ€™s blessing last night, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School question continues to hang over the heads of school officials.
As a Jan. 31 joint meeting with the Town Council looms ahead, the school board opted not to vote Tuesday night on a $3.9 million overhaul of Meadowbrook as it awaits a more detailed report from engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Hager and architecture firm SMMA on flooring, roofing and HVAC concerns.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”For four straight weeks Rhode Islanders have seen their gas prices increase at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 per gallon, according to gasoline price website RhodeIslandGasPrices.com. Other websites including www.rhodeislandgasprices.com/ show constantly updated charts of the stateâ€™s cheapest and most expensive station rates.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With 24 students qualified for an All-State ensemble and three students selected to perform with the All-East honors ensemble, it would be no surprise if the next Charlie Parker, Johann Sebastian Bach or Louis Armstrong comes from the South Kingstown High School band.
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest thing anyone has to ever go through and, right now, Barbara Bates is learning that lesson first hand. Bates, whose husband Bob was killed Friday afternoon at the Middle of Nowhere Diner in Exeter, recalls the man she loved in this week's Standard Times.
In addition, find out what Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist had to say about the North Kingstown School District, find out how both NK and Exeter are handling this winter's harsh weather and learn all about a proposed marijuana center that may be coming to town.
The following is a list of meetings that will take place this week in North Kingstown and Exeter.
MONDAY, JANUARY 24
* North Kingstown Town Council Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., Beechwood House
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
* North Kingstown School Committee Business Meeting, 7 p.m., North Kingstown High School
* Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee Education Meeting, 6 p.m., Junior-Senior High School Library
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ After detailing the budget for municipal services, police, open space and parks and recreation, the town council and the school committee finally met last Thursday to hash out the details of the school budget in a public hearing as proposed in town manager Stephen A. Alfredâ€™s six-year capital improvement plan.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the first board-certified surgeon at South County Hospital, Dr. John J. Walsh is one of few who witnessed and experienced the changes at the hospital from when it grew from a 46 bed, single building to a 100-bed acute-care facility. Yet after 57 years at South County, spanning six decades, Walsh, an emergency room physician has retired at age 89 this past Dec. 31.