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March 15th, 2011

Chafee speaks on budget at URI

March 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Gov, Lincoln Chafee met with a small gathering of university administrators and media on Wednesday, to discuss his intention to increase $10 million in public higher education in Rhode Island for FY 2012. Chafee’s budget contributes $154 million in operational funds and would restore a total of 82 academic positions that have disappeared at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island.

March 14th

Oatley’s development will be discussed at next PB meeting

March 15, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the proposed development at Oatley’s Restaurant on Ten Rod Road and the adjacent property Rolling Greens Golf Course, as well as voice their opinion, at the next North Kingstown Planning Commission meeting, this Tuesday evening.
The applicants are Mark Hawkins of M.L. Hawk Realty, LLC, owner of the golf course and Oatley’s owner Vaughn Oatley. The pair previously came before the Planning Commission in December during a public hearing where many spoke out in opposition.

School budget comes in 3.86 % above 2011

March 14, 2011

BY DAVID PEPIN

The School Committee is hoping to squeeze one more new position into the fiscal 2012 budget it sent on to the Town Council Tuesday night.

Narragansett’s own Sammis reveals new sculpture

March 14, 2011

TIVERTON--A brand new sculpture created by world-renowned artist and Narragansett’s own Mimi Sammis was unveiled at the Four Corners Art Center in Tiverton on Monday, March 7. The sculpture, titled (Rebirth Woman of Peace), was dedicated to the memory of another one of Sammis’ sculptures that was stolen and defaced roughly one year ago on March 9, 2010.

Woodmansee protest held Saturday in South Kingstown

March 14, 2011

WAKEFIELD - They want protection for their children, safety for their community and most of all justice for Jason. Hundreds of protesters, from across the state from South Kingstown to Scituate converged on Main Street in Wakefield Saturday morning for a peaceful protest, their message was heard and felt far beyond the small community: Do not release Michael Woodmansee.

March 13th

North Kingstown resident finds success on robotics team

March 14, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Who said girls can’t do what boys do?
Whoever it was clearly never met North Kingstown resident Megan Nadeau, a seventh-grade student from St. Mary's Bay View Academy that recently helped her St. Mary Academy Robotics Team capture first place in the First Lego League (FLL) Rhode Island Robotics Championship 2011, held in January at Roger Williams University.

Lincoln, Civil War takes the RI stage

March 13, 2011

BY JAMES MEROLLA

Mary Todd Lincoln came to Cranston last week. So did Lincoln’s Vice President Hannibal Hamlin.
They were accompanied by three other members of the Attleboro GOP in authentic 1860s array to discuss Abraham Lincoln in the marvelous confines of the impressive Governor Sprague Mansion.
The decorated visit put the ‘civil’ in Civil War.

Good food for good prices at Small Axe Cafe

March 13, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – Looking for tasty, reasonably priced meals in a quiet, mellow location? Head to the Small Axe Cafe.

Optimism wanes between teachers and school board

March 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN--Feelings of positivity and optimism in the relations between teachers and the school committee waned Tuesday night as teachers from across the district expressed their disappointment in the school committee’s decision to send 144 teachers non-renewal letters.
There was much tension between the school committee and superintendent and the teachers as many teachers attended the committee meeting to express their concerns, causing the meeting to be held in the high school auditorium instead of the library to accommodate the crowd.
“We know the economic times are tough and we know the state aid is limited and we understand the need for flexibility, but laying off 144 teachers is excessive,” Martha Spiewak, a math teacher at South Kingstown High School said. “It is counterproductive to be so callous of the employees.”

March 12th

Future of rail service in RI explored

March 13, 2011

PEACEDALE—The Friends of Kingstown Station held their annual meeting at the Peacedale Library on Monday night, giving an update on the possibility of rail service coming to Wickford Junction.
Speaker Steve Devine, Chief of Intermodal Planning of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), presented a program update called “Beyond Wickford Junction,” which focused on the progress of a train station coming to Wickford.
“We're not building any more highways,” Devine said. “As the congestion worsens in the state, our big macro-goal is to find other ways of transportation.”

 

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