Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Readers of the Standard Times have known for years that their local newspaper has the best local sports coverage in all of Rhode Island.
But how does it rank on a New England and national level?
Pretty good, apparently.
Standard Times editor Paul J. Spetrini and sports reporter Eric Rueb were recently honored with a handful of regional and national awards for their coverage of the death of Exeter-West Greenwich football and softball coach Mike Messier last winter.
Ah, spring. Nice weather, the smell of fresh cut flowers and ... snow?
While it's certainly true that we've yet to break free from the cold temperatures of a stubborn winter, things are sure heating up in NK and Exeter this week.
For one thing, the NK Town Council recently accepted a preliminary budget, one which makes some controversial cuts.
And Exeter? Well, when the EWG School Committee isn't busy debating the merits of a new school-year calendar, it's preparing for next month's all-day referendum.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“At the end of the March 15 meeting of the North Kingstown Planning Commission, it was determined that the public hearing on the Oatelyâ€™s Restaurant/Rolling Greens development would be continued until tonight at 7 p.m. at Beechwood Center.
The applicants are Mark Hawkins of M.L. Hawk Realty, LLC, owner of Rolling Greens Golf Course and Oatleyâ€™s owner, Vaughn Oatley, an abutter to the golf course on the proposed devel-opment.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Due to the efforts of state Senator Susan Sosnowski, fisherman will now be able to offer input into the development of offshore energy projects with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEMRE).
The state senate recently passed Sosnowskiâ€™s, D-South Kingstown, New Shoreham, resolution in which she requested BOEMRE to include official representation of offshore fishermen on the Rhode Island Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ For the second year in a row, Chariho Regional High School students are looking to â€śStrike a Chordâ€ť with a concert to support Doctors Without Borders.
BY JONATHAN GIBBS
Looking at my five-year-old sonâ€™s fingers triggered a chain of thoughts about the Michael Woodmansee case in church this past Sunday. His are small fingers that have recently lost the dimple near the knuckle that seems to mark his passage out of toddlerhood into full-fledged boyhood. They were wrapped gently around the back of his motherâ€™s neck; and those fingers â€“ and that loving gesture â€“ struck me as heartbreakingly innocent. Unfortunately, I saw them as not just the perfect hands of my beloved son but as vulnerable entities as well.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town council approved the preliminary budget for next year at Monday nightâ€™s meeting amidst tension as councilman Jim Oâ€™Neill voted against it.
The total municipal budget is $89,774,895. From the municipal programs, the general fund received $73,372,050. The water fund is $963,949. The wastewater fund is $3,201,247. The solid waste fund is $719,603. The Peace Dale office building received $90,289. The neighborhood guild fund is $834,192. The senior services program received $726,208. The school fund received $58,434,545.
BY JAMES MEROLLA
There were 10,000 plugs, but no sockets, 10,000 jigs but no dances, and hundreds more gulps and spoons that had nothing to do with food.
Welcome to the very successful 8th Annual Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Associationâ€™s annual fishing show spectacular, with an angle for every angler and the allure of a million lures.
By DAVID PEPIN
East Greenwich School Superintendent Victor Mercurio will have a new entrance, administrative and guidance offices, and science labs to show off for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation when it visits East Greenwich High School April 14-18.
Downstairs, however, lies what could be the Achillesâ€™ heel of the schoolâ€™s effort to win accreditation for the next 10 years: the library and media center.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ At Mondayâ€™s North Kingstown Town Council meeting, members unanimously approved the purchase of a new rescue vehicle for the NK Fire Department.