April 15th, 2011
NARRAGANSETTâFirefighters responded to a lightning strike at Bonnet Place, 1004 Boston Neck Road, in the north-end of Narragansett early Wednesday morning.
The fire was called in at 8:03 a.m. and NFD Rescue number 3 was the first to respond at 8:12 a.m. Engines from South and North Kingstown responded, and three Ladders from Narragansett also arrived on the scene. Multiple chiefs and deputies were on hand for assistance.
Lightning struck the cupola on the roof of Bonnet Place, igniting a fire. The fire was contained at 9:07 a.m. and did not spread to the rest of the structure.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Researchers, business executives, government and military officials gathered at URI on Monday to discuss strategies for protecting the flow of information in the cyber world and identifying potential threats. Information systems across the country are penetrated by hackers daily, exposing citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies to dangerous breaches of security.
WEST GREENWICHâOver the past two months, Exeter-West Greenwich Superintendent Dr. Thomas Geismar has said, repeatedly, that the amount the school district has proposed in its budget for the 2011-2012 school year was as small as possible and, after much debate, Geismar explained to both the school committee itself and the town councils of Exeter and West Greenwich that there were no more cuts to make.
NARRAGANSETTâThe morning fog lifted above the Narragansett Pier School this past Sunday, revealing clusters of bicyclists and walkers readying themselves for the journey through town. Families and friends conversed about their lives but more importantly about the walk for MS upon which they were about to embark.
The voters have spoken and the results are in.
After a district-wide all-day referendum, taxpayers from Exeter and West Greenwich had the final say Monday as the proposed school budget for the 2011-2012 school year was rejected and, instead, an amended budget that would allow the school district nearly $1 million less than asked for was accepted.
Read all about the vote in this week's Standard Times.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â It will be all cameras, lights and action in South Kingstown for three days in May after the town council authorized the temporary use of Bayfield Farm by the movie production company, Moonrise Kingdom at Monday nightâs town council meeting.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâVeronica 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 todayâs rigorous economic climate.
Itâs when she sits down to think of what it took for her to get here that the tears start to flow.
âVeronica, you have to move.â
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 âThe Amazing Raceâ contestants.
But the schoolâs biggest âgetâ 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 GREENWICHâThe 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.