February 3rd, 2011
The weather outside is still frightful but that doesn't mean things aren't heating up news-wide in North Kingstown and Exeter.
In this week's Standard Times, get the latest information on the bomb scare that evacuated North Kingstown High School Monday morning, find out how local schools faired with recent roof inspections and get introduced to a local teenager who is making waves in a special NASCAR developmental program.
HOPKINTON - The dark and peaceful silence that enveloped the snow-covered meadows of rural Hope Valley was shattered early Wednesday morning when emergency vehicles sped toward Woody Hill Road. Word soon spread that, there, within the tiny hamlet of farms and forests, an apparent murder had occurred.
WAKEFIELDâ€“President Obama's budget is due within the next few weeks and recently he called for cuts to the country's community action programs.
"I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about,â€ť President Obama said on Jan. 25, â€ślike community action programs." While how much will be cut is still to be determined, it is news that a program which was not de-funded by Nixon, Gingrich, or Bush, now will be cut by a former community organizer who used his experience in Chicagoâ€™s blighted neighborhoods as supporting evidence for his leadership.
Coventry Police are investigating a string of vandalism incidents that occurred in town last week.
Several local residents in the area of Wood, Rathbun and South Main Street all got hit by the vandals.
Sgt. John Shields of the Coventry Police Department said that the calls started to come in to the station in the afternoon on the 20th. He said that all of the callers reported similar details for each of their separate cases leading police to believe that the incidents may have been committed by the same suspect or suspects.
With chill of winter encroaching, and the promise of more snow to come, children and parents alike are wondering what to do over winter break. The East Greenwich Parks and Recreation has given kids from grades 1-6 some fun options. They will be offering a February Vacation Program from the 22nd-25th of the month.
By ERIC RUEB
KINGSTON â€“ Ben Eaves pleaded for the basketball.
Camped out in the post with just under four minutes left against Fordham, he screamed â€śNikâ€ť at teammate Nikola Malesevic, who gave it up, slid off to the right corner, where Eaves threw a perfect one-handed pass out of the double-team. Malesevic released, the crowd stood up and when the ball snapped through the net, exploded in
Amazing what happens when you make a couple of shots.
Guess who's not playing today?
While the weather wasn't as bad as it's been in the past, it was bad enough, causing cancellations across the board.
The only game in town tonight takes place in Kingston, where the URI men's basketball team hosts Fordham at 7 p.m.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT â€“ Last Wednesday brought another overnight storm, giving Rhode Island almost a foot of snow into Thursday afternoon. Despite the onslaught of snow, the South Kingstown and Narragansett public services are managing the road conditions.
â€śIt was relatively uneventful. It was just a long storm,â€ť Jon Schock, director of public services for South Kingstown said.
La Salle Academy freshman Anthony Anderson, of Richmond, has won a Gold Key Award in painting in the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards competition.
JOHNSTONâ€”The odor beside Rhode Islandâ€™s Resource Recovery Corporationâ€™s (RIRRC) Johnston landfill differs with each season. Today, the air is filled with a sweetly rotten odor of mulch. Driving by piles of decomposing compost on the 110 acre property, one can literally watch it break down beneath its own steam. In December, there is a piney whiff of spruce. In the summer comes an olfactory overloadâ€“the pungent aftermath of summer seafood. But any odor is impermanent, diminishing if not disappearing beneath the landfillâ€™s smothering layers of earth and stone. From June 2009-June 2010, Rhode Island generated about 722,000 tons of garbage, actually lower than the million tons it buried in 2007. (Beside Johnstonâ€™s 210 foot high landfill, a rocky dynamited patch called Phase 6 will handle tons more.)