January 14th, 2011
The new year has started and for one committed group of student athletes a new tradition has begun.
The Coventry High School indoor track team participated on Jan. 1 in the polar bear plunge that takes place locally and all across the country.
Their group specifically, took part in the Newport Polar Bearâ€™s Plunge raising money for A Wish Come True.
The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees the glass as half full.
Patricia Raskin, host of the â€śPatricia Raskin Positive Livingâ€ť radioÂ show on WPRO 630 AM, canâ€™t sit still without filling that glass to the top, while bringing a tray of other filled glasses for guests.
Raskin, an East Greenwich resident, is launching a new radio show on AM 790 WPRV, called â€śPositive Business with Patricia Raskin,â€ť which airs on Jan. 7. The West Hartford, Conn. native puts such a positive spin on things, it can get dizzying.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As the Tuesday nightâ€™s snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on South Kingstown, it forced schools and businesses to close, making it a lot easier for those who have to get rid of the snow to do their job.
â€śAt this point, crews came in about midnight and worked right through,â€ť Jon Schock, the townâ€™s Public Services Director said Wednesday morning. â€śMany roads are passable. There are very few cars on the roads, which helps with plowing.â€ť
COVENTRY â€” Thereâ€™s no question Coventry senior guard Nate Stitchell is the Oakersâ€™ best and most indispensable player.
It also comes as no surprise that the Oakers will only go far in the Division I tournament and the Open tournament as Garrett Douglassâ€™s outside shot and Aaron Greenwoodâ€™s inside game will take them.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“Education Commissioner Deborah Gist spent Thursday touring the town's schools and meeting for an hour with 50 teachers. The Board of Regents, meeting in Narragansett High School, voted to have a public hearing on their suggested three-tier diploma system. The system would award a Rhode Island diplomaâ€“the same diploma students now receiveâ€“with two additional tiers for high performers.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“Due to its efforts to improve cardiac care and save lives, South Kingstown and its EMS Department became the third Rhode Island community to be awarded and recognized as a HeartSafe community at Monday nightâ€™s town council meeting by the American Heart Association.
It was one and done for the Chariho Regional School District, which was entirely closed on Wednesday because of the massive blizzard but is back in business today after a one-hour delay.
There is a parking ban tomorrow morning, Thursday at 7 a.m. Coventry public schools as well as Sylvan Learning of Coventry: Canceled Classes
All East Greenwich schools and town government offices closed, as did the second shift for Stanley-Bostitch. The Warwick Mall was also closed.
North Kingstown and Exeter may have gotten off easy two weeks ago when a quick blizzard passed through the area and left a foot of snow that was picked up without much incident but today, Mother Nature returned with quite a vengeance as well over 15 inches of snow fell across Rhode Island and left areas as far south as Westerly and as far north as Cumberland coated in the white stuff.
So, how did you deal with the storm? Were the roads up to snuff on your commute? Leave a comment and let us know.