February 19th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When youâ€™re fed up with freezing temperatures, icy roads and blackened snow piled high, itâ€™s nice to think about warm-weather activities as a distraction.
Some people pore over seed catalogs, planning their spring gardens. Barry Gross is enmeshed in plans to refurbish the old Johnsonâ€™s Boat Yard site that heâ€™s owned since 1992. Heâ€™s already started, dredging three years ago to increase the capacity to 60 slips plus 24 moorings in Mill Cove.
Now, under the new name Northwick Boat Yard, the Narragansett-based realtor and developer is upgrading the facilities again.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The Charter Review met Wednesday and is approaching the end of their work. The commission, whose last entity met in 1998, expects to have a final draft ready for the council for their May meeting. Discussion at this week's meeting dealt with purchasing powers and ethics.
NORTH KINGSTOWN - According to the North Kingstown Town Ordinance, the NK School Committee had to submit a budget to the Town Council by the end of Tuesdayâ€™s School Committee meeting. After lengthy discussions, the committee approved, five to two, a bottom line of $58,805,460. Committee members William Mudge and Joe Thompson cast the dissenting votes.
As some of you are well aware, it can be very trying to remain knowledgeable and, perhaps above all, aware of the many doings of the government. Many times, it can feel like a second job trying to keep up with all the happenings in your town or region, never mind the entire state or country. Trust us, we know this all too well.
The Senate Task Force on Fisheries, led by Rhode Island senator Susan V. Sosnowski, met Wednesday evening to discuss the issues concerning the creation of local seafood markets.
One might think that seafood is a significant staple of the Rhode Island economy, yet no current infrastructure exists for the marketing of local seafood products. A varied group of speakers from fishermen to local businessmen to scientists detailed their approaches and concerns about creating sustainable, local seafood markets.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“The first annual Polar Plunge organized by Project Sweet Peas will take place at Georgeâ€™s of Galilee Beach this Saturday. Although the town of Narragansett is not unfamiliar with such frigid rituals, this time the goal is more than mere novelty.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“The Towers Committee met on Feb. 15 to discuss their events schedule, their budget, and new plans for the historic landmark.
The building is undergoing restoration and the Town Council has already approved the final proposal for $177, 590 to Abcore. This phase will include replacement of a stairway, landings, elevator, hallway, and other projects around the property. The committee also hopes to refurbish display cases, install shelving, and install furniture in the Towers office.
The heavily damaged home at 174 Ayrault Road stands as a monument to loss.
On the evening of Feb. 8 at about 8:30, its owner, Donald M. Lynch, 71, returned home from dinner to find heavy smoke coming from within his house.
WEST GREENWICHâ€”As Exeter-West Greenwich High School Principal Brian Butler walked through the halls of his school last fall during the week of testing for the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), he noticed something was a little bit different.
His students, who had one year earlier struggled to reach proficiency levels in reading, math and writing, were taking right up to the final minute to finish the tests and, from that observation alone, Butler could tell they were taking it more seriously than they had in prior years.
This January marked Bill and Pauline Anderson Strozierâ€™s 62nd wedding anniversary.
The Coventry couple was married on January 15th, 1949 at a Lutheran Church in Providence. Bill was 25 and Pauline was 23. Today, Bill is 87 and Pauline is 85, but the couple said it seems like just yesterday that they met.
They talked about the day in great detail. Pauline said that her father brought Bill home with him on February 8th, 1948.