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December 26th

Budget legwork begun

December 26, 2010

In a joint session alternately amendable and contentious, the Town Council and School Committee laid the groundwork for the fiscal 2012 budget season in a wide-ranging meeting Wednesday.
The sparring over plans for the projected $6 million surplus in the 2008 $52 million school bond began in interest, with council members questioning the committee's plans to use a portion of it to pay for roof repairs.

Hopkinton Planning Board member officially resigns

December 26, 2010

HOPKINTON -- The Town Council officially accepted the resignation of Raymond Cox from the town's Planning Board. He had turned in his letter of resignation at a November meeting, but it did not become official until the council moved on it.

December 25th

Web Exclusive: Politics as Usual (Opinion)

December 26, 2010

It is small, and its residents are poor, but Central Falls has always maintained a unique identity and its people have persevered with the stubborn, defiant pride of the underdog. That demands respect.
Central Falls should not be abolished.
Central Falls should not become another neighborhood of Pawtucket.
Central Falls should not be split up among its neighbors like a family of orphaned children.
Central Falls should be saved.
But how?
With all due respect to Mark Pfeiffer, the state receiver, it should not be devoured by its bigger and only slightly less poor neighbor, Pawtucket.

December 24th

Web Exclusive: A Special look at Christmas

December 25, 2010

Christmas in the United States is really BIG. By big, I mean over the top, crazy, out of control enormous. Everyone comments on how it gets bigger and the preparations start earlier as the years pass. My first encounter with Christmas carols occurred in my car on exactly November 8th, a Monday morning driving into work. A few stray bars of “Jingle Bells” hit my ear drums and it was all over, Christmas had arrived a full two and a half weeks before Thanksgiving. Is this really and truly necessary?

Richmond police warn of catalytic converter thefts

December 24, 2010

Over the last month, Richmond police said several people living in Richmond, Hopkinton, and Charlestown have been victims of larceny from thieves crawling under their unattended motor vehicles and cutting away their catalytic converters.

Coventry native publishes book of photographs

December 24, 2010

Most humans are sighted. Stephanie Izzo sees.
Izzo, 28, a Coventry native who now lives in New York, has captured the essence of our littlest state in her self-published book, “Ocean Sites and City Lights: A Collection of Photographs.”
It is visionary, scenic, historic; 120 pages of beaches, lighthouses, skylines, architecture, urban vignettes. You will see our state as only she can, in a way you hadn’t before.

EGHS student posts App at Apple Store

December 24, 2010

Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that “killer app,” the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didn't wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but it's certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.

December 23rd

Special Editorial: Turbine response shows how important it is to be informed

December 24, 2010

Perhaps more so than the debate over the sheer size of a proposed 427-foot wind turbine in Stamp Farm on South County Trail, and maybe even more so than the safety concerns of its placement in a residential neighborhood and/or the effects such a structure will have on local property values, it seems as if many of the local residents who have recently spoken out against this project have all had one central complaint.
Their complaint, it seems, is that the changes to the town’s ordinance are moving too fast and that they weren’t informed soon enough and/or allowed to speak their mind.

Now’s the time to consider joining Fresh Air Fund

December 23, 2010

NARRAGANSETT – Each summer since 2008 Denis and Anne Martin have welcomed a child from Brooklyn, N.Y. as a part of the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that offers inner-city kids the joy of summer vacation
Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the friendly town program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. Children are selected to participate in the Fresh Air Fund’s programs based on financial need. Fresh Air youngsters are registered by more than 90 social service and community organizations in all five boroughs of New York City.

Chariho High School students create a "sticker shock"

December 23, 2010

WOOD RIVER JCT. – If you pick up a 30-pack of beer in the next few days or so, you might see an unfamiliar sticker attached to the package bearing the text, “Help prevent underage drinking. Out of their hands... Know the law! It is illegal to purchase or provide alcohol for anyone under 21!”

 

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