May 1st, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ At Rhonda Barnerâ€™s new shop, Mr. Willoughbyâ€™s Country Store, the economic trend is neither bullish nor bearish. It is bunnyish.
And if your idea of a country store is spinning wheels, butter churns and jars of homemade jelly, think again. Things are really hopping in this updated idea of rustic chic.
Opening earlier this month, Mr. Willoughbyâ€™s, a tiny boutique located on the side of a large storefront, features an inventory of country-style decorative pieces such as stuffed rabbits, sheep and cows as well as wreaths and candles.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ Graduation might still be two months away for the Chariho Regional High School's class of 2011, but parents in the community are working to make sure a safe post-graduation event remains in effect for outgoing students.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ While the South Kingstown schools stands to lose funding in state aid, the school committee has taken action by approving a resolution that proposes changes in the state education funding formula.
South Kingstown will lose 5 percent in state aid. According to the update on the Governorâ€™s recommended budget on March 9, South Kingstown will receive $8.4 million in 2012, which is 14.18 percent of the budget. South Kingstown is losing $371,606 in funding.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ A shabby little green-trimmed house that historians trace to the founding family of North Kingstown is being moved from a waterfront site on Cold Spring Lane to Smithfield where it will be restored and occupied.
It will join two large colonial homes in a Limerock-area compound owned by a pair of devoted preservationists.
Identified as the Updike-Lawton House by an official at the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, the early Cape Cod-style cottage was built by descendents of Lodowick Updike.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ The public is invited to attend Rachel's Challenge, a national, award-winning program presentation that inspires, equips and empowers every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
JAMESTOWN â€“ When Judith Bell retired after 24 years as director of the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the ad for her replacement might just as well have read, Wanted: Legend in Training.
The woman who stepped forward to fill her shoes â€“ and was chosen unanimously by the hiring committee and the library board â€“ has had lots of small-town experience but is poised to guide the Jamestown facility into the modern electronic era of e-reading.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Frustrations over the proposed 2012 budget for the North Kingstown School District boiled over Tuesday night as School Committee members Larry Ceresi and Lynda Avanzato openly questioned whether or not the NK Town Council did everything it could to avoid potentially level-funding the district for the next fiscal year.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ As school administrators and committees work to devise an adequate bully prevention policy, teachers are taking action inside the schools to help guide students through those troubling hallways.
At Curtis Corner Middle School, 7th grade English language arts teacher Kristen Precious is one teacher who is taking her lesson plan one step further to teach students about bullying through the books she assigns to the topics they write on.
HOPKINTON -- The Town Council voted unanimously at its April 18 meeting to approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow bingo games to be held in town under specific circumstances provided they are not held in a "bingo hall."
WAKEFIELDâ€“As the Democrats and Republicans in Washington debate over how to decrease the federal deficit, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) visited local seniors at the South Kingstown Senior Center Monday to discuss the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare.