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February 1st, 2012

'Country guy' changed community journalism

February 1, 2012

The world of community journalism was a little different in Bill Foster’s day.

“He wasn’t a high-stepping, suit-wearing professional. He was a country guy,: remembers Allan Clarke, Pendulum columnist, who began working here in 1970 under the tutelage of Foster, who bought the paper in 1964 and owned it through 1984, when he sold it to ABC/Capital Cities.

Foster died on Jan. 23, at the age of 88, in Bradenton, Fla.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Plans for new fire station in the works?

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWCH — Imagine downtown East Greenwich without a fire station.

It's possible; and it may be for the better, East Greenwich Fire District Chief Peter Henrikson believes.

A combination of two factors should prompt the district to take a look at relocating Station 1 to a new site at the southwest corner of Post Road and Cedar Avenue. Henrikson told the Board of Fire Commissioners last Thursday.

For more on the story, check out the Feb. 2 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Global Game Jam a hit at N.E. Tech

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Spoiler alert: The following story contains graphic violence; computer programmed graphic designs, that is.

For 48 hours last weekend, starting Friday, one of three New England Institute of Technology campuses on Division Road became a host site for the 2012 Global Game Jam, a two-day international gamer event. Nine teams in East Greenwich – along with 244 ‘jam’ sites worldwide, were given a certain theme and had two days to produce an original video game based on that theme, playable online all over the world by Sunday afternoon.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee looks at budget ideas

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The School Committee continued its first pass at the fiscal 2013 budget with secondary, athletic and administration budget proposals Tuesday night.

Computers and technology occupied much of the discussion as East Greenwich High School Principal Michael Podraza, Cole Middle School Principal Alexis Meyer, Athletic Director Chris Cobain and Administration Director Maryanne Crawford presented preliminary budgets. The full district budget proposal will receive a public hearing in late February and be presented to Town Manager William Sequino Jr. in early March.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Future workers lacking skills

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The jobs are there. Rhode Islanders with the necessary skills aren't.

U.S. Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I., 2nd District) and two local business leaders brought that message to New England Institute of Technology Monday as they promoted President Barack Obama's latest job initiative, to provide two million people with training leading directly to new jobs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bad decisions could have lasting effect

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Allowing the underaged to drink in your home could possibly land you behind bars, a state Superior Court judge warned residents last week.

The effects on the young people who drink could also last long after the buzz fades, Associate Justice Daniel Procaccini told the audience at a Swift Community Center forum addressing changes in the state's social host legislation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town gets good grades from Moody's

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Even in a difficult budget year, East Greenwich is still feeling the love from Moody's.

The investment analyst, reporting on the town's recent issuance of $39 million in revenue bonds for the construction of Cole Middle School, reaffirmed the town's bond rating of AA1, just one notch below its highest rating of AAA.

The town also boosts an AA+, also the second-highest rating, from Standard & Poor's.

For more on the story, check out the Feb. 2 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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