February 18th, 2011
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.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Town taxpayers had much on their minds at Monday night's town council meeting, expressing their disappointment in snow removal along streets in the town and also their hope for the reopening of the Dugway Road Bridge.
While East Greenwich schools could not boast increases across the board, the October 2010 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test scores continue to rank local students among the stateâ€™s best.
In proficiency test results in reading, math and writing for students in Grades 3 through 8 and 11, released last week by the state Department of Education, East Greenwich consistently performed well above the state average, even when scores dropped from last yearâ€™s figures.
â€śThereâ€™s some encouraging progress, but there are still things we need to work on,â€ť said school Superintendent Victor Mercurio.
Itâ€™s mid-February and you know what that means: Love is in the air.
As North Kingstown and Exeter celebrated Valentineâ€™s Day this week, itâ€™s only fitting the day spill over onto the pages of the Standard Times.
This weekâ€™s Standard Times features a fun story by Martha Smith on how love has changed the lives of a handful of senior citizens from North Kingstown. In addition, weâ€™ve got photos from the big day in NK as local children put together hand-made Valentineâ€™s Day cards for their loved ones.
KINGSTON â€“ There was a lot Cathy Inglese could have been talking about for the 30-plus minutes following the University of Rhode Island womenâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s 64-43 loss to Fordham Wednesday night.
She could have been yelling about the fact the Rams shot just 35.4 percent from the floor, or that they were outrebounded 37-28, or that they were outscored 51-23 in the final 25:10 of the game. She may have been discussing geopolitics, fashion trends or how the fans must have felt to watch a truly awful performance.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ South County will become more energy efficient with the $240,000 in funding the Attorney General Patrick F. Kilmartin directed for the completion of the 100 kilowatt wind turbine at Fisherman's Memorial State Campground and the construction of a wind turbine at the East Matunuck State Beach facility.