July 16th, 2011
By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The voice answering the phone at The Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home in Wickford is deep, warm and confident. It belongs to the youngest managing funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island, Andrew Correia.
He is 23 and, in every way, remarkable.
â€śSince I was a young boy I have always been interested in the funeral profession: the pomp and circumstance, the beautiful black cars from the fleet, and the mystique of it all,â€ť he says. â€śIâ€™ve worked at funeral homes since high school. Iâ€™ve always been an old soul.â€ť
HOPKINTON - There will be a special election held on July 26 to choose a new member of the Hopkinton Town Council. One seat on the town council is currently vacant, and has been since the resignation of council member Jonathan Osborne in April.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The town council seeks a meeting with the school committee to discuss next yearâ€™s financial outlook after the school committee accepted the Reconfiguration Committeeâ€™s recommendation to make four equal neighborhood schools and move the pre-school program.
The council voted to direct six possible dates to convene with the school committee through the end of August.
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.