April 12th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Veronica DelBois is a typical, everyday working mother.
With three kids and a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, DelBois is always on the go, taking care of others while doing her part to make her world, and the world of those around her, just a little bit better.
With an infectious laugh and a warm, gentle smile, DelBois is the very definition of success in todayâ€™s rigorous economic climate.
Itâ€™s when she sits down to think of what it took for her to get here that the tears start to flow.
â€śVeronica, you have to move.â€ť
By DAVID PEPIN
National Reading Week brought plenty of guests to Meadowbrook Farms School last week, from local officials and media members to Olympic gymnasts and â€śThe Amazing Raceâ€ť contestants.
But the schoolâ€™s biggest â€śgetâ€ť may have been Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who left behind budget crunching and tax debates to play storyteller for a first-grade class.
CHARLESTOWN -- With a six-month moratorium on wind energy facility applications in effect, a proposal to install turbines in Ninigret Park to offset municipal energy costs will not go forward as planned.
The Town Council voted to March 14 to institute the new moratorium, which went into effect the next day, after also approving a new ordinance on wind energy. This is the second moratorium of its kind in Charlestown. Last November, a similar one was approved by the council after its member were sworn-in. That one, however, was only for four months.
WEST GREENWICHâ€“The Exeter-West Greenwich school committee voted Tuesday night to approve a traditional calendar for the 2011-12 school year, including both a February and an April vacation and a start date before Labor Day.
There were two versions of the school year calendar that were not approved. One calendar had the school year starting after Labor Day with one vacation week in March; the other had the school year starting before Labor Day with one vacation week in March.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - Both the Chariho baseball and boys tennis team went winless last week.
Monday, both teams picked up their first win.
The baseball team got a great pitching performance from Cory Eaton while the bats did plenty of damage in an 11-6 win over Tiverton and while that game was going on, the tennis team took care of business against a struggling Pilgrim team, winning 7-0.
For a full story on both games, pick up the 4/14 edition of The Chariho Times.
HOPE VALLEY â€“ If you visit the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association's (WPWA) campus on Arcadia Road in Hope Valley this summer you will notice lots of changes.
The Exeter-West Greenwich School District will be holding an all-day referendum on the 2011/2012 school operations budget and charter amendments, Monday, April 11 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Exeter residents can vote at the Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road; Exeter and West Greenwich residents can vote at the West Greenwich Fire Station #1, 830 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ Chariho Regional School District Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci will conduct an Open Forum with the community on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chariho Regional High School library.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Rev. W. David Dobbins Jr., interim rector of St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church, confessed that the planning group for last weekâ€™s Lenten luncheon seriously underestimated the number of participants.
â€śWe heard about attendance at the other lunches and talked about setting up for 80 but we thought that must be an exaggeration. So we prepared for 60.â€ť
HOPKINTON -- The town is one step closer to having bingo games available again for residents as the Town Council will vote on a related ordinance at its upcoming April 18 meeting.
The council closed the public hearing on a zoning ordinance Monday, April 4 that defines bingo halls and makes it so that the town can offer bingo only under specific circumstances.