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December 29th

URI graduate student enrollment on the rise

December 29, 2010

KINGSTON – The state's single public university, the University of Rhode Island is seeing the biggest increase in graduate school applications and enrollment in 10 years. The graduate school also learned that two of its doctoral programs rank in the top 10 nationally and a third is ranked in the top 20.

Experts bust four fitness myths

December 29, 2010

It’s that time of year again. The turkey leftovers have quickly disappeared and the break room at work is looking awfully bare without its mountain of Christmas cookies. With the holiday treats and desserts, it’d seem as if you were preparing for hibernation. But as you look down at the numbers on the scale and observe the extra pounds you gained these past couple of months, it seems like the perfect time to join that health fitness club. As New Year’s approaches, you may decide to make it a resolution to lose weight in the next year. So how do you make your resolution a reality? By staying clear of the follow fitness myths.

Affordable housing shortage hurts town in different ways

December 29, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—Data is always tricky. It can be manipulated and exaggerated. But recent data it is worth looking into especially considering you are the one paying for the Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released five-year American Community Survey (ACS) whose estimates and data confirm a persistent housing affordability crisis for Rhode Islanders. HousingWorks RI, a Providence-based non-profit that analyzes housing data, has analyzed data that indicates that Rhode Island is the most housing cost-burdened state in New England.

Care packages for soldiers

December 29, 2010

The students at Washington Oak Elementary School have teamed up with members of the Sons of Italy to show their support to troops serving overseas this holiday season.
The students in Jessica O’Connell’s second grade class at the school worked on creating holiday cards for soldiers serving overseas as a classroom project. O’Connell instructed the children on card making strategies and discussed with them possibilities for inscriptions.
Under their teacher’s guidance, the students each made a card to send to the soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.

December 28th

Fifth Annual Warm Shelter Penguin Plunge

December 28, 2010

WESTERLY -- On Jan. 1, 2011 the brave, daring WARM Shelter supporters will gather at the Andrea Hotel in Misquamicut Beach and dive into the icy Atlantic to raise funds for WARM in its efforts toward ending hunger and providing shelter for people in the community experiencing homelessness.

Reporter partakes of pancakes, immersed in sweet tradition

December 28, 2010

Being a reporter for a local weekly newspaper requires immersion in the community’s events, celebrations and rituals.
In six months, I’ve racked up quite a few of them, from parades to dinners to Main Street Strolls. I’ve even stood on the processing line in Municipal Court after receiving a traffic ticket.
But before last Friday, I had yet to do breakfast at Jigger’s Diner.
I could cry lack of opportunity, since I’d only been here a few weeks when state officials closed it down this summer for falling well in arrears on state taxes. But while interviewing people for my story about the closing, they inevitably bounced a question back at me:
“Have you ever eaten breakfast at Jigger’s””
To that, I could only plead nolo. While I grew up just a few miles up Post Road to the north, I had never set foot in the diner. While I’ve enjoyed the few meals I’ve eaten in diners, I’m not really the go-out-for-breakfast type – mine usually consists of popping waffles in the toaster or microwaving pancakes (I generally don’t leave the house without having eaten breakfast, and mercifully, I keep quickie doughnut breakfasts to a bare minimum).
The only freshly made pancakes I’ve eaten the past several years have been at The Pancake Man in Yarmouth during Cape Cod vacations (if I don’t catch them during their summer vacation). They’re a very rare luxury item at my house, given my opting for convenience after waking up and my wife’s work schedule, which often sees me leaving before she arrives home (and I would not ask her to cook after work, anyway).
When the Town Council voted last Monday night to reinstate Jigger’s owner Iva Reynhout’s victualling license, allowing her to reopen after she had come to terms with the state Division of Taxation to resolve her debt, the questions came again.
In the end, I give Council Vice President Henry V. Boezi the credit for luring me into a visit. After the meeting, he made a pretty convincing argument for me to venture out from my North Providence home without filling my belly first.

DEM says foreign trawlers don’t over-fish

December 28, 2010

NARRAGANSETT– According to Department of Environmental Management marine biologists, Atlantic herring have arrived in RI state waters this December, as expected. Commercial fishing for herring has been traditionally pursued by local vessels. However, this fishery is also being targeted opportunistically by mid-water pair trawl vessels from other states, particularly when northern herring management areas are closed once allowable quotas have been harvested.

December 27th

Web Exclusive: RIRRC Starts 2011 with Eco-depot and E-Waste Collection

December 28, 2010

Out with the old and in with the new. If you had to make room for your new possessions after the holidays and find you have a carload of materials to discard, mark your calendar for January 8. On that date, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will hold a free Eco-Depot and e-waste collection from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Central Landfill in Johnston.

EGHS student’s App posts at Apple Store

December 27, 2010

Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that “killer app,” the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didn’t wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but it’s certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.

Stop strangers from buying homes the current owners can afford

December 27, 2010

“Why should a stranger be able to buy a home at a price the current homeowner can afford?”
So many times I am sitting at a closing table of a homeowner losing their home to short sale or foreclosure and their home is being sold at market value or even less. They see a stranger sitting across from them buying their home at a price they can afford if only they were offered the chance. All because they could not receive a loan modification or some program to help them stay in their home.
On behalf of many Americans who have lost the dream of homeownership, we need a plan to keep the homeowner in their home.

 

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