March 24th, 2011
BY JONATHAN GIBBS
Looking at my five-year-old sonâ€™s fingers triggered a chain of thoughts about the Michael Woodmansee case in church this past Sunday. His are small fingers that have recently lost the dimple near the knuckle that seems to mark his passage out of toddlerhood into full-fledged boyhood. They were wrapped gently around the back of his motherâ€™s neck; and those fingers â€“ and that loving gesture â€“ struck me as heartbreakingly innocent. Unfortunately, I saw them as not just the perfect hands of my beloved son but as vulnerable entities as well.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town council approved the preliminary budget for next year at Monday nightâ€™s meeting amidst tension as councilman Jim Oâ€™Neill voted against it.
The total municipal budget is $89,774,895. From the municipal programs, the general fund received $73,372,050. The water fund is $963,949. The wastewater fund is $3,201,247. The solid waste fund is $719,603. The Peace Dale office building received $90,289. The neighborhood guild fund is $834,192. The senior services program received $726,208. The school fund received $58,434,545.
BY JAMES MEROLLA
There were 10,000 plugs, but no sockets, 10,000 jigs but no dances, and hundreds more gulps and spoons that had nothing to do with food.
Welcome to the very successful 8th Annual Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Associationâ€™s annual fishing show spectacular, with an angle for every angler and the allure of a million lures.
By DAVID PEPIN
East Greenwich School Superintendent Victor Mercurio will have a new entrance, administrative and guidance offices, and science labs to show off for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation when it visits East Greenwich High School April 14-18.
Downstairs, however, lies what could be the Achillesâ€™ heel of the schoolâ€™s effort to win accreditation for the next 10 years: the library and media center.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ At Mondayâ€™s North Kingstown Town Council meeting, members unanimously approved the purchase of a new rescue vehicle for the NK Fire Department.
HOPE VALLEY â€“ Westerlyâ€™s favorite chocolatier, Rudi Hauser, owner of Hauser Chocolates and President of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, will join televisionâ€™s Cooking with Class gourmet chef Frank Terranova and Dean of Cuisine Linda Musch, Director of Culinary Arts at the Chariho Career and Technical Center, to comprise the team of judges for this yearâ€™s Pasta Challenge at Westerly Armory.
JOHNSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host a special Eco-Depot collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) in Glocester on March 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The site is the Glocester Highway Department located at 91 Chestnut Hill Road. The collection is free and available for Rhode Island residents only.
Appointments are necessary for the Eco-Depot service to reduce waiting time in the drop-off.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Rhode Island men's basketball team saw its roller-coaster season end with a 66-54 loss to Central Florida in the quarterfinals of the CBI Tournament Tuesday night.
After leading 30-27 at the half, the Rams failed to find a way to stop Central Florida, which opened the second half with an 18-5 run.
Delory James led URI with 18 points, scoring nine of the team's first 13 in the game. No other Ram had double figures and URI hit just 20 of 48 from the floor and 6 of 18 3-pointers.
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry junior three-sport athlete Alex Zannella is a winner.
No, Zannella isnâ€™t a winner in the clichÃ©d, metaphorical sense of the term. The Oaker is a winner because heâ€™s a talented athlete, who works hard and frequently finds himself playing with like-minded players.
Whether it be on the baseball diamond, the football field or the hockey ice, Zannellaâ€™s teams have usually been successful and he is usually one of the big reasons for that success.
Work on the community garden at the Senior Center and in preparation for the larger community garden across from town hall will begin this week.
After putting the garden to bed in the fall it is time to start replanting. Just in time for daylight savings and just over a week before the first day of spring, work will begin this Friday and Saturday.