July 4th, 2011
By KENDRA LEIGH MILLER
Special to the Times
NORTH KINGSTOWNâItâs been just over two decades since Joanne Sbrega first opened The Little Miracle Early Leaning preschool but after years of teaching and seeing more than 800 children come through the doors, her journey has officially ended.
The last field day and graduation at the pre-school, located at 860 Quidnessett Drive in North Kingstown, took place Friday morning with plenty of ice cream, huge blow-up bouncy toys and shared, fond memories.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â If you enjoy seeing the 40-plus American flags flying in Wickford during this yearâs Fourth of July celebration, you can thank Bill Pennoyer who started the tradition in 2004, aided by Updikeâs Newtown Cub Scout Pack 1.
Bill, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is 68 and is passionate about Old Glory.
HOPE VALLEY - Officers from the Richmond Police Department challenged several legendary sports figures on Sunday at Dow Field in Hope Valley.
The Bill Lee & Celebrities All-Star Softball team came to town to share the diamond that day, bringing with it such well-known stars as David Bavaro, Steve King, Patrick Pass and Jim Bowman of the Patriots; Jim Corsi and Dennis âOil Canâ Boyd of the Boston Red Sox; Bobby Miller of the Boston Bruins; and Jim Rourke of the Cincinnati Bengals.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGTSTOWN â People attending the townâs fireworks display on July 4 at the town beach will be facing a number of challenges.
The band pavilion is under construction, the old meal site is being demolished and both the Beechwood House and the 17th Century Lodewick Updike House, sitting on the lot next door, are ready to roll to their new locations.
CHARLESTOWN â Along with the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, alluring beaches, and thick forests, one of the best and most breathtaking pieces of Charlestown resides right above our heads.
The townâs gorgeous dark skies have become more than a reason to stop by the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory. According to Observatory Director Francine Jackson, the skies have actually drawn people to visit and even reside in Charlestown.
By PAUL J. SPETRINI
NORTH KINGSTOWNâTuesday night, the North Kingstown School Committee held a special business meeting in which it elected member Kim Page as chairperson and Richard Welch as vice chairperson of the committee but the most newsworthy item of the night for the school district wasnât what was happening in NK, it was what was happening 35 miles away.
By a 6-1 margin, the Cumberland School Committee voted to select NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton for its vacant Superintendent position.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â With the school committee deciding on how to reconfigure the school district and the state facing unfunded pension liabilities, the council agreed to contact local representatives and the school department to voice their concerns.
WAKEFIELD â The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County presented its most recent Music at Lily Pads event on Saturday night, June 25. Singer and songwriter Vance Gilbert was the headlining act, and while he played his signature bluesy sounding folk songs, he entertained the crowd just as well with his stories, jokes and conversation.
Well, after three-plus years here at The Chariho Times, itâs time that I, Andrew Martin, move on to greener â or southern, rather â pastures.
As of June 25, I will officially be a resident of Raleigh, N.C., while simultaneously handing in my passport from the state of Rhode Island. Yeah, I know, you donât need a passport to live here, but it certainly feels that way.
To say we all live on our own planet in R.I. would be an understatement. A massive understatement.
It's called Character Ed, and it does contain some valuable life lessons.
But for fifth- and sixth-graders at Eldredge and Hanaford elementary schools, Bob Houghtaling is hoping to draw some character out of the students in preparation for the challenges they will soon be facing at Cole Middle School.