July 15th, 2011
By LILLIAN DUNNING
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”It was a triumphant weekend for the Wickford Art Association.
By the close of the 49th annual Wickford Art Festival on Sunday evening, exhibitors, attendees and organizers all shared a sense of relaxed satisfaction in the success of this yearâ€™s event.
A yellow-shirted Festival Staff member commented that â€śA lot of people have been coming up to the Information Booth with compliments, saying itâ€™s the best year yet. When they take the time to seek you out and tell you this, you know they really mean it.â€ť
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Many parents enjoy reading bedtime stories to their children. Yet, naval officer and Narragansett resident Robert Flynn took reading to his children one step further; he actually wrote and published a book for them and for any other child who wishes to read about the adventures of Lucky McGuire, the spirited navy jet with big dreams.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Wakefield attorney, Debra L. Chernick, was lost for words until her life partner resolved a household catastrophe one year ago and she blurted out that he was as wonderful as any para-hubby could be.
From her experience and this domestic interaction came the word Chernick was looking for to resolve and give meaning to a situation that many couples face; Para-Kin.
According to the word's creator, â€śparaâ€ť means to support or to stand next to, such as para-legal or para-medic might do professionally.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Environmental Day is coming to the Narragansett Town Beach. This Saturday, July 16, the Town of Narragansett and Rhode Island Rivers Council will be sponsoring multiple activities on the beach in order to raise awareness about the oceanâ€™s resources and how to use them in a safe, environmentally conscious manner.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met with the Narragansett town council in a work session in order to discuss the future implementation of the recently created economic development plan.
â€śWe look at this as an investment plan,â€ť said Edward Mazze, Chair of the EDC. â€śWithout the support of the town council, we will be stuck in neutral.â€ť
CHARLESTOWN - There is an analogy that people often use to describe something that is out of control. When a certain situation has a person overwhelmed or befuddled, but still provides entertainment value, they will say it is like the circus.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Three weeks of speculation over whether or not Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton would indeed leave the North Kingstown School Department came to a conclusion Monday night as the NK School Committee announced it had formally received Thorntonâ€™s letter of resignation and, in a quick move meant to speed up the process of finding his replacement, the committee appointed Dr. Philip Auger on an interim basis.
HOPKINTON - For the last two weeks, Town Manager William McGarry has been a very busy man. Aside from his daily business as Town Manager, where he works at the Crandall House on Route 3, he has been acting as Hopkinton Police Chief. While this may seem like a daunting undertaking to most, McGarry is no stranger to the dual responsibility.
By DAVID PEPIN
So whereâ€™s that new 1,500-square-foot addition to the East Greenwich Housing Authority offices at 146 First Ave?
If youâ€™re driving past, you canâ€™t tell which half of the yellow one-story wood building has just been completed and which half dates back to its 1848 origin as part of the townâ€™s poor farm.
And thatâ€™s just fine with Executive Director Marcia Sullivan.
With just a couple of minor details remaining in the interior and some landscaping of the grounds to be completed, the $300,000 project, paid for with competitive federal stimulus funds, has helped the agency deal with what Sullivan feels were its two biggest concerns: privacy and handicapped access.
Prior to the addition, the building lacked a conference room and safe, secure areas in which officials could talk business with clients and contractors.
â€śBasically, all the frontline staff was in one room when I got here three years ago,â€ť Sullivan remembers.
With a spacious new office of her own and a conference room featuring the original 1848 ceiling beams, Sullivan feels the revamped building is much more conducive to the sometimes sensitive business conducted inside.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the deadline for the school department and the teacherâ€™s union to reach an agreement nears, tension between the two parties mounts with what seems to be different perspectives of what is going on at the negotiating table. At issue now is whether the school department is allowing for collaborative negotiations.
After reading the school committee letter sent through the school departmentâ€™s listserv on Monday, July 11 NEASK President Christine Heid was shocked.