March 21st, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry junior three-sport athlete Alex Zannella is a winner.
No, Zannella isnâ€™t a winner in the clichĂ©d, metaphorical sense of the term. The Oaker is a winner because heâ€™s a talented athlete, who works hard and frequently finds himself playing with like-minded players.
Whether it be on the baseball diamond, the football field or the hockey ice, Zannellaâ€™s teams have usually been successful and he is usually one of the big reasons for that success.
Work on the community garden at the Senior Center and in preparation for the larger community garden across from town hall will begin this week.
After putting the garden to bed in the fall it is time to start replanting. Just in time for daylight savings and just over a week before the first day of spring, work will begin this Friday and Saturday.
By DAVID PEPIN
A simple sheet of paper may be a potent new tool for the East Greenwich Police Department to help deal with children with autism or Aspergerâ€™s syndrome.
Sgt. John Carter, the departmentâ€™s juvenile officer, has completed a sheet that parents can submit to police, who will put the information in their database so in the event that officers are called to their home, police will know about the children.
PROVIDENCE -- Legislation has been introduced that could easily solve one of the routine headaches faced by the Chariho Regional School District every year.
Julianne Jennings, an anthropology student with Native American heritage, has taken aim at Rhode Island's founder, Roger Williams, and is working to post a plaque that states his involvement in the selling of slaves after Providence was burned in March of 1676. The Narragansett Indians are not involved with the plaque which would be placed on South Main Street in Providence in commemoration of the Native Americans who were sent to the Caribbean plantations to work as slaves after their defeat.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ There have always been amazing women living among us in the community, quietly working in ways that earned praise. In honor of Womenâ€™s History Month, Iâ€™ll spend the next few columns writing about them.
Some are women I knew through long-ago interviews; others are connected in more obscure ways. They are all gone now. I hope remembering them will bring smiles to the faces of readers who havenâ€™t seen these memorable names in awhile.
This week weâ€™ll celebrate two women who were ahead of their time in running businesses that filled needs nobody else seemed to recognize.
CHARLESTOWN -- The Town Council also announced last Monday night the resignation of Bernard Bishop from the town Parks and Recreation Commission. He sent in his letter of resignation March 2 via e-mail, in which he outlined his reasons for leaving.
â€śI have enjoyed my time on the commission throughout the years with the exception of the past 12 months," he wrote,likely referring to the back-and-forth on how to move forward with the town beach facilities.
(Calls to Bishop were not returned.)
OUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Like newspapers across the country trying to be viable in an online world, the South Kingstown High Schoolâ€™s newspaper, â€śThe Rebellionâ€ť is also looking for ways to become relevant as an online news source as many of its readers turn to the internet.
EXETER â€“ When Governor Lincoln Chafee rescinded the E-Verify program established by his predecessor, Don Carcieri, as one of his first official acts in office back in January, it was a controversial move that several senators throughout the state objected to.
Now, local Senators Francis T. Maher, Jr., (Dist. 34, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond and West Greenwich) and Sen. James Sheehan (Dist. 36, North Kingstown and Narragansett) have decided to do something about it.
WESTERLY â€“ Westerly Area Youth Lacrosse (WAYL) recently received two grants that will help the area's new non-profit lacrosse organization with funding and equipment for its upcoming 2011 Spring season.