March 17th, 2011
By DAVID PEPIN
In the days following the collapse of the World Trade Center, East Greenwich Fire District personnel wanted to join the rescue, cleanup and recovery effort at Ground Zero.
They never made it to New York City, but Ground Zero has recently come to them.
It was a big week for local news stories in North Kingstown this week as a 26-year old man from Glocester was killed in an industrial accident in West Davisville, NK itself got a new fire chief and two local senators put their name on a controversial bill to reintroduce the much discussed E-Verify program back into Rhode Island.
Read all about it, and much more, in this weekâ€™s Standard Times.
HOPE VALLEY -- Maureen Taylor will return to town on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m., to discuss her book, The Last Muster, Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. The program is a joint effort of the Langworthy Public Library, the Richmond Historical Society, and the Hopkinton Historical Association and will be held at the Chapel at Wood River, 85 Nooseneck Hill Road, Richmond. The program is free and open to the public. Debra Nunes, director of the Langworthy Public Library, advises everyone interested to “arrive early--this will be a popular event.”
NARRAGANSETTâ€”In December of 2010, Town Manager Grady Miller proposed that the town award a contract for $35,000 to a firm, New Commons, for an economic development study.
The goal is to determine the future direction of the townâ€™s economic development with the goal of expanding the townâ€™s tax base and providing more quality job opportunities for residents.
WEST GREENWICHâ€”The Exeter West Greenwich School Committee approved the adoption of the final budget for 2011-12 school year on Tuesday night, at a total operational cost of $30, 828, 944.
The school committee unanimously approved the final 2011-12 school year budget, with the cost to Exeter at $10,365,920 and the cost to West Greenwich at $12,411,315.
HOPE VALLEY -- Come celebrate the first day of spring with the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association while learning about some of our state's most spectacular little treasures - native wildflowers.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Gov, Lincoln Chafee met with a small gathering of university administrators and media on Wednesday, to discuss his intention to increase $10 million in public higher education in Rhode Island for FY 2012. Chafeeâ€™s budget contributes $154 million in operational funds and would restore a total of 82 academic positions that have disappeared at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island.
NORTH KINGSTOWN - Residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the proposed development at Oatleyâ€™s Restaurant on Ten Rod Road and the adjacent property Rolling Greens Golf Course, as well as voice their opinion, at the next North Kingstown Planning Commission meeting, this Tuesday evening.
The applicants are Mark Hawkins of M.L. Hawk Realty, LLC, owner of the golf course and Oatleyâ€™s owner Vaughn Oatley. The pair previously came before the Planning Commission in December during a public hearing where many spoke out in opposition.
WEST WARWICK â€” Offense mightâ€™ve carried the Coventry hockey team to a 16-1-0-1 record and the Division II-Central title.
But itâ€™s been senior goalie Spencer Patti and the Oakersâ€™ stingy defense that has Coventry on the precipice of its first Division II title since 2003.
After scoring nearly five goals a game during the regular season, Coventry has managed to score just three goals in every playoff game. Itâ€™s on the other end of the ice where teams have found the Oakers tough to beat.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A mere one point was all the difference.
For the second consecutive year, the West Warwick Wizardsâ€™ cheerleading squad finished second overall in the Medium Division at the R.I.I.L. team cheerleading competition this past weekend.
With 157.5 total points, the Wizards finished just behind the Portsmouth Patriots, who captured the trophy with a score of 158.