April 6th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The Fournier Estates, apartment complex on High Street was deemed uninhabitable after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon and displaced four families.
At 1:38 p.m., Sunday, units from the Union Fire District, the Emergency Medical Services and police responded to the fire on 480 High Street, where flames engulfed Apartment A2 and damaged Apartments A1, A3 and A4. The fire was extinguished by 1:55 p.m.. Union Fire District Chief Robert Perry said between 45 to 50 firefighters from all of the fire units, including Peace Dale, Wakefield, Forestry and West Kingston responded with the state fire marshall arriving too.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- Taxpayers in the Chariho Regional School District's three towns of Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton approved the proposed $54.31 million budget on a vote of 494-288.
The Westerly Community Credit Union is sponsoring three scholarships for local area high schools: Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Stonington and Westerly. Two scholarships are for the amount of $2500 and one is for $500.
NARRAGANSETT â With 31 years of experience in the Rhode Island restaurant industry, Toni Owens is bringing her skills to the Trio Restaurant on Kingstown Road as the new restaurant manager.
Owens comes to the Narragansett restaurant after managing the Dunes Club, a 125-seat restaurant for four years and the Coast Guard House for 16 years.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host a special collection of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste at Second Beach in Middletown on April 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For people who live on Aquidneck Island, this will be a convenient date to avoid the trip to Johnston for special wastes disposal.
Eco-Depot collections are free and are available to Rhode Island residents only. To avoid waiting in lines, appointments are necessary if dropping off HHW. No appointment is required for recycling electronic waste.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Becky Williams threw seven innings of two-hit, one run ball and the Chariho offense came up with plenty of big hits in a 9-1 win over East Providence Monday afternoon.
One of the few games in the state to be played, the Chargers were more than ready for their season opener.
Williams showed why she is one of the state's best, striking out nine and keeping the Townies hitless through the first four innings. The senior also helped out at the plate, hitting an inside-the-park two-run home run in the sixth that gave Chariho a 6-0 lead.
The Chargers bats awoke early.
With the state's economic stakes raised so high, Dawson Hodgson is not exactly getting a leisurely-paced orientation into the ways and mores of the R.I. General Assembly this year.
âI picked a heck of a year to go into the Senate,â Hodgson, (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich), said jokingly after holding a constituent forum at Town Hall Monday afternoon.
The town managerâs budget would raise the motor vehicle and property taxes rates as well as make cuts to departments.
He is recommending the tax rate be adjusted to the highest allowed by Senate Bill 3050, a 4.25 percent total increase and close to $800,000 in cuts town wide, as well as level funding to the school department.
The $2 million capital budget would go almost entirely to the town and the schools would be encouraged to go out to bond on their own to pay for extensive capital improvement needs.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- Voters in Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton will have the final say on the Chariho Regional School District budget this Tuesday, April 5 as part of the all-day referendum.
WAKEFIELDâWhen four feet of water rushed into the back of Damonâs Hardware on Main Street last March, co-owner Toni Chappell said she was horrified.
Since 1945, the plumbing and hardware store has been situated next to the Saugatucket River, where sump pumps have been able to control the overflow of water due to rain floods. However, on March 31 last year, Rhode Island experienced the worst flooding it has seen in a century, causing the Saugatucket River to overflow its bank.