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January 25th, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Former Pendulum publisher William A. Foster dies at 88

January 25, 2012

William A. Foster, former publisher of the East Greenwich Pendulum for two decades before retiring in 1984, died at his Florida retirement home in Bradenton, Fla. on Monday. He was 88.

A native of Framingham, Mass., Foster earned his degree in Journalism from Northeastern University and spent his first 20 years in the field with a series of advertising and public relations positions with Westinghouse, W.R. Grace.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Watson enters rehab after arrest

January 25, 2012

For the second time in less than a year, State Rep. Robert A. Watson is facing a charge of marijuana possession after a car stop.

Watson, deposed by the House Republican caucus as majority leader after last April’s arrest in East Haven, Conn., was arrested close to midnight Saturday in South Kingstown in the parking lot of Washington County Veterinary Hospital, 4263 Tower Hill Road, after a driver plowing snow in the lot reported Watson’s car – with the front driver’s side tire missing – almost hit him, according to South Kingstown police.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School contract talks hit a snag

January 25, 2012

Before they could even begin, contract talks between the School Committee and the East Greenwich Education Association, the NEARI-affiliated union representing the district's teachers, have hit a snag.

In a release put out Monday afternoon by the School Department, the administration and School Committee expressed disappointment in the union for declining their invitation to begin negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expires Aug. 31.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Refurbishment of Odeum taking shape

January 25, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — At first glance, the goal for a March 31 reopening of the Greenwich Odeum seems just a dream.

No lights in the theater. No seats. A chaotic mess on stage. And on a subfreezing January morning outside, it’s not much warmer inside.

But if you look closely, you can see a few signs that argue otherwise.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Plans for new service center still in works

January 25, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The Flood Auto Group’s planned Quick Lane auto service center, at the northeast corner of South County Trail and Frenchtown Road, received a better reception from the Planning Board last Wednesday than it did in its first pre-application hearing in November.

The proposed seven-bay oil change and tire center, along with a car wash, still needs plenty of work, with board members citing the intensity of development on the site and difficulty visitors will have making left turns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIMI to return to full operation after accident

January 25, 2012

The East Greenwich/Warwick office of Rhode Island Medical Imaging is expected to be back in full operation by today after a car crashed into the facility last Thursday morning.

The driver, Denny Witkowski of 42 Lyman Ave,, Warwick, was not injured in the accident, in which his car crashed through the wall of the facility.

Witkowski told police he was pulling into a parking space in front of the building when he mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal, sending the car crashing into the X-ray room. He was not charged by police.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NEIT's Flynn invited to State of Union

January 25, 2012

Erin Flynn, a 25-year veteran administrator at the New England Institute of Technology, was invited to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday as the guest of U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I., District 2).

Flynn has partnered with Langevin on one of his key workforce development efforts, the High School Cyber Foundations Competition, which Langevin introduced to his home state as a model for introducing young people to expanding industries like cybersecurity.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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