Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
JAMESTOWN â When East Providence native Thomas P. Tighe was searching for a job as a municipal police officer, his father-in-law clipped a newspaper ad advertising an opening in the Jamestown department.
âI didnât know where Jamestown was,â he says, laughing. âMy father-in-law, who worked at the radar station at Beavertail, had to give me directions.
CHARLESTOWN â The Town Council held a public workshop on Thursday, June 23 at Ninigret Park to provide residents with information about the townâs Wind Generation Ordinance. Town Council President Thomas Gentz was on hand to give an update on the project and introduce two other speakers.
While not too many people showed up because of the rainy weather, Gentz said that those who did come acquired some new knowledge about the ordinance.
âWe had about 12 citizens there,â he said, âand they asked a lot of good questions and they learned a lot.â
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Although the state General Assembly provided an additional $500,000 to South County Hospital to help cover the costs of services for people who do not have insurance or are unable to pay, the hospital still faces a significant budget shortfall.
When news broke last week that North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was considering taking a position in Cumberland, it spread like wildfire throughout NK.
This week, we update you with all the latest news on Thornton, who was just selected for the vacant Superintendent position in Cumberland. Will he stay or will he go? How is the NK School Committee handling the news?
By DAVID PEPIN
Fourth-graders at Eldredge Elementary School may have heard a few stories from their âSenior Buddiesâ at Greenwich Bay Manor about the old days, when household tasks required more labor than simply pushing a button or manipulating handheld electronic gadgets.
In that spirit, students showed their elder pals their inventive side recently on their final visit of the 2011-12 school year to the senior residence.
NARRAGANSETTâThe town council held a special meeting Monday evening to discuss the constituent parts of the Canonchet Farm Master Plan, and to determine the councilâs position on each.
CHARLESTOWN -- On Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., those who love the art and antiques will find an exciting new cultural event and sale happening in Ninigret Park. The antique and art sale is called the Sea Star Marketplace and is being put on by the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, a local nonprofit educational organization, as a fund-raiser.
Youâve gotta love the General Assembly.
Last year they said they balanced the budget without raising taxes. But you got whacked with a big tax bill for your car that was either the first one you had seen in years, or that was much larger than in previous years.
This year they said they balanced the budget without raising many taxes, except for a few items added to the sales tax.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â Monday, June 20 was not only the last day of spring, it was the last day of school for the students of Chariho Middle School.
As the buses drove off the school grounds filled with students for the last time until September, a large group of teachers and staff gave them a final farewell.
When news began to trickle out Monday afternoon that North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was a finalist for a vacant position with the Cumberland School District, there was a variety of different ways members of the school committee could have reacted.