July 2nd, 2011
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.
BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
JAMESTOWN â When East Providence native Thomas P. Tighe was searching for a job as a municipal police officer, his father-in-law clipped a newspaper ad advertising an opening in the Jamestown department.
âI didnât know where Jamestown was,â he says, laughing. âMy father-in-law, who worked at the radar station at Beavertail, had to give me directions.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Although the state General Assembly provided an additional $500,000 to South County Hospital to help cover the costs of services for people who do not have insurance or are unable to pay, the hospital still faces a significant budget shortfall.
CHARLESTOWN â The Town Council held a public workshop on Thursday, June 23 at Ninigret Park to provide residents with information about the townâs Wind Generation Ordinance. Town Council President Thomas Gentz was on hand to give an update on the project and introduce two other speakers.
While not too many people showed up because of the rainy weather, Gentz said that those who did come acquired some new knowledge about the ordinance.
âWe had about 12 citizens there,â he said, âand they asked a lot of good questions and they learned a lot.â