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February 21st, 2011
The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didnât seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ainât going to happen.
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The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The museum's goal has been to focus on the intersection between art and science, two forces whose modern disciplines unleash curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication toward new thinking.
The School Committee offered the public its first look Tuesday night at a fiscal 2012 budget proposal that calls for a 3.86 percent increase over the current yearâs budget.
Superintendent Victor Mercurio proposed a $33,038,352 budget, an increase of $1,227,275 from the 2010-11 figure, after receiving budget requests from school administrators and department heads in workshop sessions over the past two weeks.
By Jessica Selby
They are still just learning the tricks of the trade, but last week they had to perform like professionals.
Andrew Jennings and Robert McConnell, seniors enrolled in the automotive program at the Coventry High School Regional Career and Technical Center, had to diagnose a malfunctioning motor, analyze an alignment matter, identify a faulty brake system and detect the electrical troubleshooting system on several vehicles. The tasks were all part of the annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, which was held at the New England Institute of Technology Automotive facility last Friday.
Last week was quite a news week. To skim three stories off the top for examination, we had the ridiculous, the sublime and the elucidating. There are some periods in human history in which world events can shine a light on the human condition through our behaviors. They allow us to examine our strength of spirit, our quest to know ourselves better and our tendency toward incredible pettiness.
EXETER âNine years ago, voters approved a $55 million public safety bond that included $6.4 million to build a new Rhode Island State Fire Academy. The site was to be located on the old Ladd School property in Exeter and now, almost a year after the ground breaking ceremony, phase one of the construction is moving on track and the Academy is slated to be completed in the spring.
The project was designed by Providence-based firm Robinson Green Beretta and Under Iron Construction of Warwick, is overseeing the site work.
ASHAWAY â As he and his students will tell you, Ashaway Elementary School Principal Steven Morrone typically isn't speechless in the morning.
But, to be fair, the morning of Monday, Feb. 14 wasn't typical in the least.
As he walked into the cafeteria of the elementary school, Morrone was flanked by members of the Chariho Regional School Committee, district administrators and teachers, his family, and the entire student body.
The second-year principal, who could see that everyone was excited and clapping, began clapping, too, as he was obviously unaware of what was going on.
WAKEFIELDâSouth County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.
Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstoreâs lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â When youâre fed up with freezing temperatures, icy roads and blackened snow piled high, itâs nice to think about warm-weather activities as a distraction.
Some people pore over seed catalogs, planning their spring gardens. Barry Gross is enmeshed in plans to refurbish the old Johnsonâs Boat Yard site that heâs owned since 1992. Heâs already started, dredging three years ago to increase the capacity to 60 slips plus 24 moorings in Mill Cove.
Now, under the new name Northwick Boat Yard, the Narragansett-based realtor and developer is upgrading the facilities again.
NARRAGANSETTâThe Charter Review met Wednesday and is approaching the end of their work. The commission, whose last entity met in 1998, expects to have a final draft ready for the council for their May meeting. Discussion at this week's meeting dealt with purchasing powers and ethics.