February 21st, 2011
The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didnât seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ainât going to happen.
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
WESTERLY â Designed plays look nice on dry-erase boards, but itâs the top-level players who make the decision and are usually the reason a play works, fails or is changed in favor of something completely different.
Monday night, in the latest installment of the best Division II boys basketball rivalry, West Warwickâs Max Motroni knew with his team trailing by a point with 16 seconds left in the game that coach Richard Grenier wanted him to drive to the hoop. Motroni saw the lane was closed and proceeded to bury a 25-foot 3-pointer.
PROVIDENCE â The West Warwick gymnastics team produced the best team scores in Division II on the vault and the floor exercise at Sundayâs RIIL State Gymnastics Championships at the Murray Center.
The Wizards also only finished .1 of a point behind undefeated Exeter-West Greenwich leaving the uneven bars between the Wizards and a Division II title.
The Knights, ended up winning the uneven bars by 3.65 points to catapult past the Wizards with a team score of 128.025 to the Wizards 124.675 to claim the D-II title. The Wizardsâ score was their season best.
The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The museum's goal has been to focus on the intersection between art and science, two forces whose modern disciplines unleash curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication toward new thinking.
The School Committee offered the public its first look Tuesday night at a fiscal 2012 budget proposal that calls for a 3.86 percent increase over the current yearâs budget.
Superintendent Victor Mercurio proposed a $33,038,352 budget, an increase of $1,227,275 from the 2010-11 figure, after receiving budget requests from school administrators and department heads in workshop sessions over the past two weeks.
By Jessica Selby
They are still just learning the tricks of the trade, but last week they had to perform like professionals.
Andrew Jennings and Robert McConnell, seniors enrolled in the automotive program at the Coventry High School Regional Career and Technical Center, had to diagnose a malfunctioning motor, analyze an alignment matter, identify a faulty brake system and detect the electrical troubleshooting system on several vehicles. The tasks were all part of the annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, which was held at the New England Institute of Technology Automotive facility last Friday.
Last week was quite a news week. To skim three stories off the top for examination, we had the ridiculous, the sublime and the elucidating. There are some periods in human history in which world events can shine a light on the human condition through our behaviors. They allow us to examine our strength of spirit, our quest to know ourselves better and our tendency toward incredible pettiness.
EXETER âNine years ago, voters approved a $55 million public safety bond that included $6.4 million to build a new Rhode Island State Fire Academy. The site was to be located on the old Ladd School property in Exeter and now, almost a year after the ground breaking ceremony, phase one of the construction is moving on track and the Academy is slated to be completed in the spring.
The project was designed by Providence-based firm Robinson Green Beretta and Under Iron Construction of Warwick, is overseeing the site work.
ASHAWAY â As he and his students will tell you, Ashaway Elementary School Principal Steven Morrone typically isn't speechless in the morning.
But, to be fair, the morning of Monday, Feb. 14 wasn't typical in the least.
As he walked into the cafeteria of the elementary school, Morrone was flanked by members of the Chariho Regional School Committee, district administrators and teachers, his family, and the entire student body.
The second-year principal, who could see that everyone was excited and clapping, began clapping, too, as he was obviously unaware of what was going on.
WAKEFIELDâSouth County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.
Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstoreâs lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.