May 24th, 2011
RICHMOND -- The Town Council is marinating on an idea to pull back the newly changed term lengths for elected officials from four years to two years.
KINGSTON,âUniversity of Rhode Island senior Meg Frost is determined to learn all she can about Hispanic culture.
She has already traveled to Costa Rica twice, spent a semester in Spain, and worked at a think tank analyzing Central American politics. Now sheâs headed to Colombia as a Fulbright Fellow to teach English to college students, take classes, and engage in a community service project.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâWhen Lynn Moran sits in the conference room of her office at the Meadows Commercial Office Building located at 1130 Ten Rod Road, she is not far from reminders of the past, present and future.
CHARLESTOWN â The Town Council is seeking resident feedback and assistance in dealing with a land purchase proposal for 81 acres off King's Factory Road.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â With local small businesses in mind, the Economic Development Committee met with the Town Council Tuesday night to discuss the townâs tax exemption and stabilization program, hoping to make it easier for small businesses to apply for tax credits.
The Town Council originally approved the tax exemption guidance statement on Feb. 28 during a town meeting. The EDC later reviewed the statement at a work session on March 20. Based on that review, the EDC prepared proposed revisions to the statement, including emphasizing small businesses, reducing the taxable investment for program eligibility and making it more flexible and simple.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Debbie Goodwin followed her father in some major aspects of life: she took up an instrument and, as a teen, joined her dad in the Lafayette Band; she chose the same career path, too, logging 22 years in the U.S. Navy; and like, her dad, she met her spouse in the service, too.
It is a military family with a musical flourish.
Her dad, the late Robert Rice, retired as a Navy Lieutenant Commander; her mom, Nettie, was in the Navy Nurses Corps for eight years during World War II. Debbieâs husband, Tom, retired after a combined 29-and-a-half years in the Navy and Marine Corps.
NARRAGANSETTâGovernor Lincoln Chafee met with local business owners and residents Wednesday morning to discuss his recently proposed budget. Chafee explained the state of Rhode Islandâs economy at the Village Inn Restaurant in the Pier, detailing the motivation behind difficult budget cuts.
EXETERâLast Thursday evening, the Exeter Town Council held a special public hearing on its proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year and it appears that every member of the public that attended seemed to support the proposal as written.
So, at the very least, three local residents are on board so far.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Usually April showers bring May flowers, but this year rain came in May, delaying the gardening season and putting a damper on local garden farmers.
âThereâs been nine days of a measurable amount of precipitation thus far. Even though there was a rain deficit, the rain is more steady than normal,â Bill Simpson, spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Taunton said.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâIn his latest attempt to reduce the 2011-2012 school budget, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton presented a new list of recommended cuts totaling $771,566 Tuesday afternoon during the School Committeeâs Budget Subcommittee meeting. If approved, these cuts would result in the elimination of 10 class sections at NK High School, two third-shift custodians at the high school and cause a six percent reduction in funding for the athletic department.