May 11th, 2011
From the 'junkyard' to nationals, the Wickford Middle School Science Olympiad team has been on quite a ride this spring.
After coming in first at last month's state tournament, the team led by teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier earned its first-ever trip to nationals and will compete next week against the best and brightest scientific minds in the country on the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This week, we introduce you to the members of that team and profile their journey to the top of the state and beyond.
COVENTRY â€” The harsh reality for the Coventry baseball team is this: It doesnâ€™t matter what the playoff-chasing Oakers do against I-South leaders North Kingstown and East Greenwich.
What matters for the Oakers is winning games against Tiverton, Chariho and Portsmouth to earn a spot in the playoffs.
EXETERâ€”Like a master chef holding a potful of an untested recipe, Exeter Town Council assistant Ken Findlay sat in front of his laptop computer Thursday night with the proposed FY 2012 budget for the Town of Exeter at his fingertips and did his best to see which combination of cuts and increases would please the greatest number of town council members during a special budget workshop meeting.
Tomorrow night, though, is the real test as that recipe goes out for public consumption for the first time.
PROVIDENCE - After it came to light that convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee could be released from prison 12 years earlier due to good time behavior, state lawmakers rushed to make sure that it would never happen again. Last Thursday they did just that.
RICHMOND -- Everything seemed normal when Susan Hassard went to her daughter's house last Thursday, April 28 to bring her to South County Hospital.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When I was contemplating who would be a good subject to recall as we approach Motherâ€™s Day, Adelaide Lynch instantly came to mind.
Known to everyone as Adie, she was a tiny force of nature in Wickford, a kindly woman who was passionate about animal rights, an early practitioner of power walking and an enthusiastic and celebrated bridge player.
KINGSTON – With final exams under way at the University of Rhode Island and with students studying with their heads in their books, about 400 students rushed the student library Sunday night, closing down the study area. The event was organized by a Facebook group, URI Library Rage Class of 2011.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- The Chariho Regional School Committee voted 8-0-1 to approve a contract for $8,295 between the district and ClerkBase, a program that will allow live online streaming of board meetings and, possibly, other events. School Committee member William Day, of Richmond, abstained from the vote.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”There are a lot of things that catch your eye when you first enter the lobby area of the new TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel in Quonset but thereâ€™s one thing in particular that says a lot about the hotelâ€™s future goals.
Located steps away from the entrance/exit door is a map of Rhode Island that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. Smack dab in the middle of that map is the new hotel. Thatâ€™s fitting because, if all goes according to plan, the new Marriott will be at the center of development in one of the stateâ€™s fastest growing business communities.
HOPKINTON -- The Town Council voted unanimously at the May 2 meeting to maintain the services of Bacon & Company LLC to perform the Hopkinton's financial audits for the next three years.
Town Manager William McGarry said he received a report on the matter from the town treasurer, who received quotes from two accounting firms. And the low bid for all three years, he said, was from Bacon & Company.