Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
JAMESTOWN â€“ Former Governor Bruce G. Sundlun, who died at his home last Thursday at the age of 91, is remembered here not for his business acumen, his courageous leadership of the state or his powerful patronage of the arts.
Sundlunâ€™s local legacy is that of a man deeply interested in his community, always willing to talk over matters of civic concern, available to serve as figurehead for the smallest island observances and as patrician figure frequently seen at town council meetings.
HOPKINTON - Independent candidate Frank T. Landolfi was elected to fill the vacant town council seat during a special election on Tuesday, July 26.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Senator Jack Reed, along with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, is lobbying support for legislation that would give Rhode Island commercial fishermen a voice on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), a board which establishes fishing regulations for the federal waters off the mid-Atlantic shore.
Bruce Sundlun was, perhaps, one of the biggest names in Rhode Island in the past 50 years and his death this week sent shockwaves around the Ocean State as friends, families and longtime political counterparts weighed in on the man who became a legend.
This week, the Standard Times takes a special look back at Sundlun as Martha Smith examined the former governor's Jamestown ties.
In addition, we've got all the latest news on both the Wickford Train Station project and newly-appointed Interim Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger's goals for the district.
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ While still at a standoff with NEASK over whether the Basic Education Plan and the Human Capital policies are a mandatory subject of bargaining, the school committee filed a complaint last Thursday in the Washington County Superior Court against NEASK and the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho Regional School Committee approved the new Consolidated Resource Plan for the upcoming school year at a meeting held in the Chariho High School library on Tuesday.
This week, it all starts to hit the fan.
Central Falls, the stateâ€™s smallest city, is going to be the test tube for the experiment of what the hell are we going to do about pension funds we canâ€™t afford to maintain anymore. Next to that will be the Petri dish growing a culture to determine whether bankruptcy is a solution for fiscally crippled municipalities.