January 27th, 2011
A public hearing was held on the abandonment of a portion of Gifford Street at Monday nightâ€™s town council meeting.
Gifford Street, though never developed by the town, crosses over Centre Street and runs behind Laurel Avenue.
Ryan DiFranco, of 18 Centre St., along with his neighbor at 20 Centre St. had done numerous improvements to the property even though it was town-owned land.
At Mondayâ€™s town council meeting DiFranco said he thought he was â€śimproving the neighborhoodâ€ť and did not think it would have offended anybody.
DiFranco said had he known that it would he would have approached the situation differently.
â€śI do apologize,â€ť he said, for taking steps â€śin the wrong way.â€ť
There were concerns expressed about whether DiFranco is allowed to park his work trailer on the property once it is abandoned.
The council made it clear, however, that that was an issue for the townâ€™s zoning officer and not for the council.
East Greenwich schools are cancelled today, but the school committee will hold its regularly-scheduled meeting this evening.
The latest storm to come through New England has resulted in canceled classes and activities today, Jan. 27 throughout the Chariho Regional School District.
Well, here we are. It's January and, yet again, we've got a nice, fresh batch of snow covering North Kingstown and Exeter.
Are you getting tired of the white stuff? If so, you're certainly not alone.
Residents from across the area have tried their hardest to bear the brunt of this stubborn winter ever since a snowstorm Christmas weekend coated Rhode Island with a foot of snow and, really, it hasn't let up.
But that's not slowing down the Standard Times.
This week, we've got all the local news you care about.
WARWICK â€” The wrestling state championships begin in less than a month at the Providence Career and Technical Academy and plenty of wrestlers, through their performances at in-state and out-of-state tournaments, have started to make their case as title favorite.
And with only a few big tournaments left this season (Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H. and the Methuen (Mass.) Invitational) Rhode Island wrestlers have represented themselves well on the New England stage.
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) advises that, despite the cold temperatures of the past week, there is no safe ice at monitored state parks at this time. Ice must have a uniform thickness of at least six inches before it is considered safe by DEM. It generally takes at least five to seven consecutive days of temperatures in the low twenties or below before ice may become safe.
MATUNUCKâ€“â€śOohsâ€ť and â€śaahsâ€ť rang out from the giant bubble sitting in the middle of the gymnasium at Matunuck Elementary School. The planetarium was back for its annual visit.
Apparently today's light dusting was too much, so a few games from around the area were postponed.
Here are today's postponements:
North Kingstown at Portsmouth - TBD
West Warwick at Rogers - Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. Bay View at East Providence - TBD
North Kingstown at Cumberland - TBD
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The Town Council voted unanimously at its Jan. 10 meeting to continue a public hearing on proposed amendments to the town ordinance regulating yard sales.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT â€“ The towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett and URI officials have objected to an East Greenwich's man proposal to start a round trip jitney service from the University of Rhode Island with stops at local bars and restaurants in Narragansett after a public hearing was held Jan. 4 before the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers in Warwick.