May 23rd, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â With local small businesses in mind, the Economic Development Committee met with the Town Council Tuesday night to discuss the townâs tax exemption and stabilization program, hoping to make it easier for small businesses to apply for tax credits.
The Town Council originally approved the tax exemption guidance statement on Feb. 28 during a town meeting. The EDC later reviewed the statement at a work session on March 20. Based on that review, the EDC prepared proposed revisions to the statement, including emphasizing small businesses, reducing the taxable investment for program eligibility and making it more flexible and simple.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Debbie Goodwin followed her father in some major aspects of life: she took up an instrument and, as a teen, joined her dad in the Lafayette Band; she chose the same career path, too, logging 22 years in the U.S. Navy; and like, her dad, she met her spouse in the service, too.
It is a military family with a musical flourish.
Her dad, the late Robert Rice, retired as a Navy Lieutenant Commander; her mom, Nettie, was in the Navy Nurses Corps for eight years during World War II. Debbieâs husband, Tom, retired after a combined 29-and-a-half years in the Navy and Marine Corps.
NARRAGANSETTâGovernor Lincoln Chafee met with local business owners and residents Wednesday morning to discuss his recently proposed budget. Chafee explained the state of Rhode Islandâs economy at the Village Inn Restaurant in the Pier, detailing the motivation behind difficult budget cuts.
EXETERâLast Thursday evening, the Exeter Town Council held a special public hearing on its proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year and it appears that every member of the public that attended seemed to support the proposal as written.
So, at the very least, three local residents are on board so far.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Usually April showers bring May flowers, but this year rain came in May, delaying the gardening season and putting a damper on local garden farmers.
âThereâs been nine days of a measurable amount of precipitation thus far. Even though there was a rain deficit, the rain is more steady than normal,â Bill Simpson, spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Taunton said.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâIn his latest attempt to reduce the 2011-2012 school budget, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton presented a new list of recommended cuts totaling $771,566 Tuesday afternoon during the School Committeeâs Budget Subcommittee meeting. If approved, these cuts would result in the elimination of 10 class sections at NK High School, two third-shift custodians at the high school and cause a six percent reduction in funding for the athletic department.
HOPKINTON â A 30-year-old male resident was arrested for first-degree child abuse Monday after he allegedly struck the victim with a belt, causing contusions and bruising on her body.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - When Bud McLeod was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2006 he was told he had only five to 10 more years to live. Now, rather than sitting idly by, McLeod is trying to find a cure with the help of others like him.
McLeod is starting the first Leukemia and Lymphoma Caring and Sharing Group in South County, hoping it can be an outlet for other cancer patients to discuss their prognosis and what can be done to help them beyond what the medical community has already done.
NARRAGANSETTâNarragansett Police Department responded to a robbery of the Washington Trust Company bank at 885 Boston Neck Road. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m.
The suspect walked into the bank and approached the bank teller with a note in his hand demanding money. He left with an unknown amount of money and officers have not determined from the bankâs video that the suspect was armed.
By DAVID PEPIN
Happy hearts, happy alumni, happy teachers.
They added up to plenty of smiles Saturday morning at the 25th anniversary celebration of Happy Hearts Learning Center, 2608 South County Trail, as the preschoolâs current crop of pupils ages 2 to 5 mixed with their older predecessors, including a few young adults, and past and present faculty members.