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May 30th, 2011
NARRAGANSETTâAs Memorial Day approaches, the fishing community gathers to commemorate fellow fishermen who have been lost at sea. The ninth annual âSeafood Harvest Festâ on Wednesday evening brought together former and current fishermen for an evening of conversation and food.
âThis event has always been a success,â said Mike Marchetti, a local fisherman. âItâs always packed and there is great food. Itâs a really great gig.â
EXETER â Even now, 44 years after he patrolled the jungles of Vietnam â a place that steamed in the daytime, becoming, cold and wet at night â Ken Fernstrom remembers the daily quest to survive.
âI think about it on a daily basis,â he says. âEverything is still crystal clear.â
Fernstrom, who served 18 years on the Town Council (he thinks that's a record for length of tenure on Exeter's governing body), was 18 in 1967 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Infantry.
CRANSTON – After months of speculation and public outrage at the news of convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee’s early release from prison, Woodmansee has agreed to remain locked up after he’s released from prison Sept. 1.
At a press conference at the ACI last Friday, the state Department of Corrections announced that Michael Woodmansee agreed to voluntarily commit himself to a locked ward at the state mental institution at Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston.
NARRAGANSETTâThe town council approved the appointment of Steven Wright to the position of Beach Superintendent this Monday evening with a vote of four to one. The position will run actively from May 15 to September 30. Wrightâs main charge will be the upkeep of daily operational activities and the management of beach staff at a pay rate of $4500 per month.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Ted Johnson, 78, spent exactly three years, three months and three days in the Navy on a heavy cruiser out of Norfolk, Va. The USS Newport News CA-148 was the flagship of the 6th Fleet.
âWe went to ports that some others didnât go to,â Johnson recalls. One of his most prominent early duties was to formally welcome dignitaries visting the Admiral.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâThe ocean is a vast and multicolored canvas upon which humans use different paint strokes in order to classify and document its usages. In any given area, the seascape is used for everything from launching kayaks to dredging the oceanâs bottom to construct underwater natural gas lines. No one document, however, exists to catalog all of these usages at any particular time.
JAMESTOWN â Bruce Livingston limps a bit as he shows visitors around his waterfront home and onto the deck. âYou can sit out here, drink your coffee and fish right off the porch,â he proclaims.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â South Kingstown teachers stood up in solidarity against the school committee and Superintendent Tuesday night, filling the Broad Rock Middle School with passion, determination and frustration. After the school committee adopted two policies and tabled one policy concerning teacher evaluation, transfers and layoffs and the Code of Professional Responsibility, teachers did not hold back their disfavor and the trust between teachers and the school department began to ebb.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Warren Becker, who will turn 85 in a few weeks, is quick to point out thereâs no such thing as an ex-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine is the byword of this proud military branch.
In World War II, he explains, âI was a seagoing Marine, attached to Navy cruisers. I went to South America and around Cape Horn into the Pacific but not the actual war zone.â
KINGSTON â Dr. Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J. urged the University of Rhode Island undergraduate class of 2011 graduating from the Kingston campus last Sunday to stand, to stand tall in their honor and dignity and to stand for change.
On the crisp cool Sunday afternoon on the University quadrangle in the center of the campus, 3,283 students, including 2,003 Rhode Islanders obtaining their bachelorâs degrees gathered at URIâs 125th undergraduate commencement ceremony with family, friends, and professors to receive their diplomas and walk into the real world.