Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
With the state's economic stakes raised so high, Dawson Hodgson is not exactly getting a leisurely-paced orientation into the ways and mores of the R.I. General Assembly this year.
â€śI picked a heck of a year to go into the Senate,â€ť Hodgson, (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich), said jokingly after holding a constituent forum at Town Hall Monday afternoon.
The town managerâ€™s budget would raise the motor vehicle and property taxes rates as well as make cuts to departments.
He is recommending the tax rate be adjusted to the highest allowed by Senate Bill 3050, a 4.25 percent total increase and close to $800,000 in cuts town wide, as well as level funding to the school department.
The $2 million capital budget would go almost entirely to the town and the schools would be encouraged to go out to bond on their own to pay for extensive capital improvement needs.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- Voters in Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton will have the final say on the Chariho Regional School District budget this Tuesday, April 5 as part of the all-day referendum.
WAKEFIELDâ€“When four feet of water rushed into the back of Damonâ€™s Hardware on Main Street last March, co-owner Toni Chappell said she was horrified.
Since 1945, the plumbing and hardware store has been situated next to the Saugatucket River, where sump pumps have been able to control the overflow of water due to rain floods. However, on March 31 last year, Rhode Island experienced the worst flooding it has seen in a century, causing the Saugatucket River to overflow its bank.
With warmer weather on its way, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will sponsor a free sun safety screening on April 7 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street, Providence. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Matunuck Beach Road property owners filled the town council chamber Tuesday night for a chance to tell Coastal Resource Management Council to do what they should have done 15 years ago: stop coastal erosion along Matunuck Beach.
The Town Council and local state representatives Sen. Susan Sosnowski, Shoreham and Rep. Donna Walsh and representatives for federal senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed met with the CRMC during a work session to discuss solutions to prevent coastal erosion along Matunuck Beach Road that is impacting roads, businesses and residents.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a $4.5 million grant last week South County Commuter Rail.
The final pair of memorable women in our Womenâ€™s History Month series were, appropriately enough, historians.
I was fortunate enough to known both of them.
The first was Princess Red Wing, a wonderfully colorful character, who helped preserve Native American history and culture by speaking to schoolchildren as well as dignitaries throughout the world.
Although her bloodlines included the Wampanoag and the Mashantucket Pequots, she identified primarily with the Ninigret Narragansetts and gave generations of their children Indian names.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ According to new census figures released Wednesday, South Kingstown has seen the largest population growth in South County, adding 2,718 residents or a growth rate of 9.7 percent. The new figures brings South Kingstownâ€™s population up to 30,639.
Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred contributed the population increase to the change in housing development and construction.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When the Rev. Betty-Rae Hopkins, portraying Mary Magdalene, sang of God growing the tree that â€śHe knew would be used to build the old rugged cross,â€ť you could have heard a pin drop.
Her beautiful soprano voice â€“ full of emotion â€“ soared and whispered, captivating a packed fellowship hall in the First Baptist Church of North Kingstown last Wednesday, at the most recent of the town-wide ecumenical Lenten luncheons.
â€śIt was magnificent,â€ť declared Shirley Burnham, a church member, when the program had ended.