August 12th, 2011
HOPE VALLEY - It all started with one bird.
When Marc Johnson needed a companion to keep him company in his lonely pottery studio in Cambridge, Mass., in the late â80s, he sought a friend.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Ten years ago when two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, Joe Patrick volunteered to help the victims and first responders. Patrick stood in line for two days with steel workers, working 12 hour shifts, carrying debris from Ground Zero. He volunteered for a restaurant to bring lunch and dinner to the first responders and he attended the funerals of first responders to show their families that someone knew. Yet, Patrick did not think he did enough. Now as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, Patrick will walk to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to Shankesville, Pennsylvania, to Ground Zero in New York to honor the befallen victims of Sept. 11, 2001.
EAST MATUNUCK â When Drew Wheelan opened up the BirdSong Gallery on Succotash Road near East Matunuck State Beach it was a little bit serendipitous and a little bit of poor timing.
NARRAGANSETTâThe roof of the old Lighthouse Inn Restaurant at Point Judith collapsed Sunday, forcing the town to close the Rose Nulman Park, on which the building currently stands. The park has been a gathering point for tourists and residents alike who want to take in the impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean, yet the building itself has been closed since 1987.
EXETER â In summer, Mondays on Route 2 become a trip down memory lane with a classic car show beginning at 5pm. Scores of people bring their mobile monuments of history to the front lawn at Oak Harbour Village where they can show off their cars, talk about the work theyâve done and swap stories.
RICHMOND - Broadening the tax base has been a concern of Richmond residents and officials for many years. The majority of the tax burden in the rural town falls squarely on the shoulder of individual homeowners. However, progress is being made, one step at a time.
Sometimes, even when you're staring at the bottom of a pool, a change of scenery still makes waves. For Saunderstown-born Elizabeth Beisel, 18, a member of the US Women's Swimming and Diving Team, such change has meant an up-shift of gears.
Indeed Beisel, a 2010 graduate of North Kingston High School who is currently competing at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai through July 31, recently completed her first year of school as a Gator at the University of Florida, where the already-energetic Rhode Islander injected even more life into her swimming career.
A small, radical band of zealots is attempting to take over the United States government and may be in the process of crashing the nationâs economy.
The federal government has had its ups and downs since 1789 but seldom has its foundations and operations been as threatened as they are right now. Serious people are now giving serious thought to whether the Congress of the United States can function properly any longer. And, as often happens, the spark that is setting it off is over a usually trivial, routine matter that suddenly becomes momentous.
By LINDSAY OLIVIER
NORTH KINGSTOWN â It might be hard to imagine but the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is a little over a month away.
Now, for the first time, North Kingstown will represent Rhode Island in hosting one of the nation's most well-known memorial events.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
SAUNDERSTOWN â Graham Gardner confesses that before he received an invitation to present an original design at the prestigious Newport Flower Show, heâd been flying under the radar.
A one-man operation, he typically has a dozen clients with ongoing design projects heâs preparing and fine-tuning.
âI had no real name before then,â he says. âWhen the flower show called and I realized they were going to do PR, I had to choose something.â