January 17th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will be holding a community forum in North Kingstown tomorrow night as part of her Commissionerâs 2010-2011 Listening and Learning Tour.
As part of her tour, Gist will visit every school district and hold a community forum where sheâll discuss the strategic plan thatâs transforming education in the state and take questions from the public.
CHARLESTOWN â The Charlestown Police Department was recently chosen, along with Bristol and Smithfield, to attend a workshop to learn an approach to policing that is said to reduce the crime rate in town.
KINGSTON â For 25 years the University of Rhode Island has been honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full week of events devoted to King's message of peace and equality. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, URI is having a week of service challenge in which students are asked to do 2,011 total hours of community service in one week.
NARRAGANSETTâOn Dec. 29 the Narragansett Times reported on the town's current water status and the recent legislation that places regulations on water use in order to conserve the state's water supplies ("Lower water rates bring new efforts for conservation"). Currently, the town's citizens have the second lowest water rates in the state. Senator Susan Sosnowski was asked about these rates, the developments in the state government regarding water, and the impact of the legislation on the state in the future.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â The Chariho Regional School District superintendent's proposed budget of $54.37 million for fiscal year 2011-12 represents a 3.3 percent increase over the current year's voter-approved budget of $52.62 million.
NARRAGANSETTâPaul Raymond, the head of Quest Montessori School and a prospective property-owner in the town said in an interview that he is up against âsignificant obstaclesâ in the stateâs current system of regulatory controls.Â Recently, his proposal to re-zone a portion of Boston Neck Road as âcommercialâ has stalled and his schoolâs future in the town is threatened.Â After months of architectural designs, engineering plans, wetland protection zones, and traffic reports were approved by the planning board, the council has twice delayed re-zoning the property.
NARRAGANSETT/WAKEFIELDâAt the beginning of Snow, a novel by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's book, he writes of a Turkish passenger, "The silence of snow, thought the man sitting just behind the bus driver. If this were the beginning of a poem, he would have called the thing he felt inside the silence of snow."
CRANSTON â The easy portion of the Coventry High wrestling teamâs schedule is about to end and the iron of Rhode Island wrestling is about to test just how much the Oakers have improved this season.
Coventry, which has spent the first half of the season wrestling Division I-South teams, wrestled its only match of the week Friday at Cranston East and rolled to a comfortable win over the rebuilding Thunderbolts.
The West Warwick Wizards now stand all alone atop the Division II standings.
Junior guard Max Motroni poured in a game high 33 points, to go along with nine assists and seven rebounds to lead his team to a 95-86 victory over the North Providence Cougars.
Teammates John Morrison chipped in 25 points and senior forward Chuck Dalton came through with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Community College of Rhode Island unveiled its fall 2010 Dean's List today and several local students from the Standard Times' readership area made the cut.