March 8th, 2011
RICHMOND â Delinquent property taxpayers won't be seeing additional late payment notices this year as the Town Council voted recently to stop sending out the quarterly reminders. Instead, taxpayers will receive what they have in the past, which is their tax bill followed by a late payment reminder in December.
South Kingstown reporter Kathleen McKiernan would like to hear from Narragansett Times readers and community members who may have information on the Michael Woodmansee murder case and are willing to be interviewed. Please contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 789-9744 ex. 138.
PEACE DALE â To help those in need during these economic times, the South Kingstown Teacherâs Union held its annual Have a Heart Fundraiser last month to support the local community.
The elementary school teachers, including West Kingston, Peace Dale, Matunuck, Wakefield and the Hazard Preschool raised $1,621 for the Johnnycake Center.
At North Kingstown High School, nobody finds the drama of the TV show âGleeâ over-the-top. Not compared to the real-life challenges of preparing to present âWest Side Storyâ later this winter. Besides the usual seasonal illnesses, rehearsals have been disrupted by several snow days and additional occa-sions when afterschool activities were cancelled due to bad weather.
âNone of that is going to stop us from putting on the best high school musical you ever saw,â said di-rector Norma Caizza. âIt's already so professional; you won't believe these are student performers.â
Editors note: Will Wilson first contributed a comic strip, called Brothers Watt, to The Narragansett Times back in 2005. He is back with a new and different take on Matunuck, Jamestown, Block Island and life in general.
WAKEFIELDâLocal strip comic cartoonist Will Wilson has just released his second book entitled, Ordinary Bill, Pretending to Be Adults, and is scheduled to appear at Sweet Cakes Bakery in Peacedale this Sunday, March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book signing. I recently sat down at a local pub with this young artist to discuss life in the cartoon world.
âWe can do this either way,â said the tall, wiry redheaded Wilson, referring to the copious amount of beer we would or would not consume in the course of our meeting. I could tell by his tone that he was serious and if I had been up for it we may have potentially found ourselves confused and in Mexico the following morning.
The following North Kingstown High School students achieved an academic average of 90 or better, with no failures for the second quarter of the 2010 - 2011 school year:
BY JONATHAN GIBBS
When you have young, energetic children, an involved, time-consuming job and a host of hobbies (such as finding a house and finding yourself), opportunities to get out amongst other humans and consume food without having to prepare it yourself can be few and far between. Introducing an 18-month-old and a five-year-old into a public space in which you want them to remain seated and restrained amidst a multitude of projectiles both hard and soft and a roomful of others understandably more interested conversing with their companions can, at best, result in awkward moments and an inability to finish, much less enjoy, oneâs meal. Nonetheless, offered the invitation to try one of the areaâs newest restaurants, Ritrovo, we jumped at the opportunity.
NARRAGANETTâNo Rhode Island community was entirely immune from the housing bubble and current foreclosure crisis. HousingWorks RI, a non-profit that supports dedicating a stream of funding for affordable housing around the state, released its second annual special report on foreclosures in Rhode Island. The report looks at the number of foreclosures from January 2009 through December 2010 in each of Rhode Islandâs 39 cities and towns and its impacts.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has begun notifying home-owners in several coastal communities with cesspools that new waste disposal requirements are now in affect. Under the Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007, certain cesspools must be abandoned and the homes to which to be-long must be upgraded with a new onsite wastewater treatment system or be connected to available municipal sewer lines.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The Planning Board held a work shop session Tuesday night, focusing on the comprehensive plan and wind energy conversion system updates.
The comprehensive plan is an update to the community Plan developed in July 1992 with approval by the State of Rhode Island on March 11, 1996. South Kingstown has routinely amended the Comprehensive Community Plan as warranted. This update includes certain elements mandated by state regulation, including land use, housing, economic development, natural and cultural resources, services and facilities and open space and recreation.