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March 9th, 2011

All day kindergarten unlikely

March 9, 2011

ANGELENA CHAPMAN
achapman@ricentral.com

School Committee Vice Chair Nancy Sprengelmeyer came out against all-day kindergarten in a letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, despite thinking it is “absolutely the best” for children.
Despite being in support of all-day kindergarten from an educator’s point-of-view, Sprengelmeyer testified against it for financial reasons.
In a Feb. 9 letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives that is signed by Sprengelmeyer and Superintendent of Coventry Public Schools Michael Convery they write that it would be “fiscally impossible” to implement such a program at this time.
The bill, H 5049, was introduced by Rep. Roberto DaSilva (D-East Providence, Pawtucket) and Rep. Raymond Johnston, Jr. (D-Pawtucket).
It would require all districts in the state to have all-day kindergarten, or in other words to increase the hours a kindergartener must attend class. It would require students to be in class five and a half hours per day.
The letter to representatives on behalf of Coventry states that, “While both the Coventry Public Schools’ administrative team and its School Committee members unanimously support the concept of all-day kindergarten, the cost to implement this program would be a fiscally-impossible undertaking at this time.”
The letter says it would be “cost-prohibitive without a guarantee of a State-funding source.”
At their Tuesday night meeting Sprengelmeyer asked Rep. Lisa Tomasso, who was in attendance, about the status of the bill.
Tomasso told the school committee that she did not see the bill coming to the floor because representatives were realizing the impact of sending a bill to communities with “a fiscal note attached.”
At the Feb. 14 town council meeting where Sprengelmeyer shared the letter with council members, Councilman Raymond Spear called it “another unfunded mandate.”

Cole school neighbors file suit vs. town

March 9, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

The lawyer for two homeowners who claim their houses have been damaged by construction of the new Cole Middle School is awaiting responses from the town and the East Greenwich School District to their claim.

March 8th

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Walmart Donates $5000 to Sargent Rehabilitation Center

March 9, 2011

On February 17 twelve representatives from several local Walmart stores visited and toured Sargent Rehabilitation Center. Local Walmart Store Managers, Market Assistant and Good Works Coordinators … staff who identify non-profit organizations and programs in the community that Walmart wishes to support with a monetary contribution…came bearing a gift. Sargent Center was presented with a $5000 contribution to support services for children and adults with disabilities.

Richmond council nixes late payment notices

March 8, 2011

RICHMOND – Delinquent property taxpayers won't be seeing additional late payment notices this year as the Town Council voted recently to stop sending out the quarterly reminders. Instead, taxpayers will receive what they have in the past, which is their tax bill followed by a late payment reminder in December.

Do you have information on the Michael Woodmansee case?

March 8, 2011

South Kingstown reporter Kathleen McKiernan would like to hear from Narragansett Times readers and community members who may have information on the Michael Woodmansee murder case and are willing to be interviewed. Please contact her by email at kmckiernan@ricentral.com or call 789-9744 ex. 138.

SK Teacher’s Union held Have a Heart Fundraiser last month

March 8, 2011

PEACE DALE – To help those in need during these economic times, the South Kingstown Teacher’s Union held its annual Have a Heart Fundraiser last month to support the local community.
The elementary school teachers, including West Kingston, Peace Dale, Matunuck, Wakefield and the Hazard Preschool raised $1,621 for the Johnnycake Center.

March 7th

West Side Story coming to NKHS this weekend!

March 8, 2011

At North Kingstown High School, nobody finds the drama of the TV show “Glee” over-the-top. Not compared to the real-life challenges of preparing to present “West Side Story” later this winter. Besides the usual seasonal illnesses, rehearsals have been disrupted by several snow days and additional occa-sions when afterschool activities were cancelled due to bad weather.
“None of that is going to stop us from putting on the best high school musical you ever saw,” said di-rector Norma Caizza. “It's already so professional; you won't believe these are student performers.”

Wilson grows up, sort of, as a South County illustrator, comic writer

March 7, 2011

Editors note: Will Wilson first contributed a comic strip, called Brothers Watt, to The Narragansett Times back in 2005. He is back with a new and different take on Matunuck, Jamestown, Block Island and life in general.

WAKEFIELD–Local strip comic cartoonist Will Wilson has just released his second book entitled, Ordinary Bill, Pretending to Be Adults, and is scheduled to appear at Sweet Cakes Bakery in Peacedale this Sunday, March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book signing. I recently sat down at a local pub with this young artist to discuss life in the cartoon world.
“We can do this either way,” said the tall, wiry redheaded Wilson, referring to the copious amount of beer we would or would not consume in the course of our meeting. I could tell by his tone that he was serious and if I had been up for it we may have potentially found ourselves confused and in Mexico the following morning.

March 6th

Web Special: NK Students named to honor roll

March 7, 2011

The following North Kingstown High School students achieved an academic average of 90 or better, with no failures for the second quarter of the 2010 - 2011 school year:

Ritrovos - A fine restaurant serving a variety of clienteles

March 6, 2011

BY JONATHAN GIBBS

When you have young, energetic children, an involved, time-consuming job and a host of hobbies (such as finding a house and finding yourself), opportunities to get out amongst other humans and consume food without having to prepare it yourself can be few and far between. Introducing an 18-month-old and a five-year-old into a public space in which you want them to remain seated and restrained amidst a multitude of projectiles both hard and soft and a roomful of others understandably more interested conversing with their companions can, at best, result in awkward moments and an inability to finish, much less enjoy, one’s meal. Nonetheless, offered the invitation to try one of the area’s newest restaurants, Ritrovo, we jumped at the opportunity.

 

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