March 29th, 2011
CHARLESTOWN â The latest news-centric blog, Progressive Charlestown, to cover the town came to be when its owners were looking to stimulate political discussion amongst residents.
But Will Collette and Tom Ferrio sat on the idea until earlier this year as they wanted to make it an independent blog not tied to the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee. The decision to remove that link to the political committee came this past January, prior to the official launch of the website.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Did you know that the sixth leading cause of death in America is Alzheimerâs Disease? And, itâs the only disease in the top 10 that canât be predicted, cured or even slowed.
According to the Alzheimerâs Association of America, 5.4 million Americanâs are living with this disease and, since 2000, deaths from other major diseases have dropped, while deaths from Alzheimerâs have risen 66 percent. More shocking is that every 69 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimerâs.
WEST WARWICK â The West Warwick boys volleyball team had three returning varsity players and two green freshmen setters on the court in Thursdayâs Injury Fund contest against Division II-North squad Tolman.
The Tigers, meanwhile, started a seasoned senior setter and an array of talented hitters.
NARRAGANSETTâAs Robert Leaver set up the bulletin boards across the assembly room, Narragansett business owners quickly learned that this was not a typical public forum. Leaver, spearhead of the New Commons consultancy firm, conducts public forums as innovative brainstorming sessions. Wednesday evening was an opportunity for local business owners to develop ideas about making Narragansett a more economically profitable town.
NORTH KINGSTOWN âEarly Saturday morning, members of the North Kingstown Facilities Man-agement and Planning Subcommittee along with members of the public, Town Council and School Committee, toured the former Wickford Elementary School building, 99 Phillips St., to get a better un-derstanding of the proposed renovations as detailed in the recent Rowse Report.
CHARLESTOWN â Police are seeking a suspect who is alleged to have committed armed robbery at the Sunoco Station on South County Trail last Thursday night.
As we continue our Womenâs History Month celebration of extraordinary women who left indelible marks on our local history, we focus today on a trio of women who defined public service.
I was fortunate enough to know the first, Cora Lamoureux, longtime town clerk of West Greenwich, and wish I had known the others. Ruth Arnold and Susan Carpenter, the first two librarians of the Willett Free Library, in Saunderstown, logged a combined 90 years at the circulation desk. Astonishing.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â At its work shop session Tuesday night, the school committee focused on how students are assessed, how their needs are met and how it relates to NECAP scores.
âWe must be committed to doing whatever it takes to help each student succeed-every child, every day,â Assistant Superintendent Mary Kelley said.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and local legislators Senator Susan Sosnowski and Representative Teresa Tanzi have introduced legislation that would prevent future murderers like Michael Woodmansee from ever being eligible for time off for good behavior.
WARWICK - Continuing his commitment to accessibility, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) hosted a "town mall" meeting at the Warwick Mall, where he discussed his work in Congress to address key issues facing Rhode Islanders and the nation and offered an opportunity for individuals and families to express their specific concerns.