January 22nd, 2011
WESTERLY -- South County Habitat for Humanity has announced that it is seeking applicants for an existing two-bedroom Habitat unit in a duplex.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT â As snow and sleet hailed down on Rhode Island Tuesday morning, travel slowed and cars slipped, causing 19 motor vehicle accidents in South Kingstown and four in Narragansett. There were no serious injuries.
The four Narragansett accidents occurred in the center of the town according to police, near Mumford Road, Highland Avenue and South Pier Road.
NARRAGANSETTâFor four straight weeks Rhode Islanders have seen their gas prices increase at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 per gallon, according to gasoline price website RhodeIslandGasPrices.com. Other websites including www.rhodeislandgasprices.com/ show constantly updated charts of the stateâs cheapest and most expensive station rates.
A dozen or so local students will be among the technological gurus that will be converging at Roger Williams University this weekend.
The youngsters are part of a growing population of robotics enthusiasts that will be taking part in the annual Lego League Robotics Challenge. This yearâs event, the Body Forward Championship Tournament, will be held on Saturday, January 15th.
When her old clubâs membership began to dim, Dorothy Trehy didnât let the light of volunteerism go out.
One of the founders of the East Greenwich Civic Club, and its final president in 1989-90, Trehy experienced some of the frustration of watching the changing times erode the membership of her group, which from 1977 to 1990 staged the Luminaria Caravan during holiday season as a fundraiser for numerous local organizations.
âWe couldnât find people willing to take office,â she says resignedly, remembering the days when the event would draw crowds to large houses, local churches and the former Royal Crest nursing home, now Atria Harborhill.
WAKEFIELDâSouth County Hospital, already in the forefront of implementing new and innovative surgical technologies, is adding MAKOplasty, a procedure treating osteoarthritis in middle age and older patients, to its repertoire.
NARRAGANSETTâA Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully rescued four mariners on Wednesday from the sinking fishing vessel Johanna Lenore, 40 nautical miles south of Montauk, N.Y.
Crewmembers Benjamin Payne, Travis Tillet, and Jonathan pickett as well as Captain Jeffrey Wise were transported off the Lenore, a 75 foot commercial sterm trawler out of Point Judith, before it sank.
South Kingstown Public Schools: Closed
The Prout School: Closed
Windswept Montessori School: Closed
Monsignor Clarke School: Closed
South Kingstown Senior Service Center: Closed; No elderly meals
South Kingstown Adult Day Center: Closed
South Kingstown PD: Parking ban until 6 p.m. Friday
Narragansett Public Schools: Closed, 12 month employees report
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library: Closed
Narragansett PD: Parking ban until 6 a.m. Saturday
NARRAGANSETTâThe Historic District Commission, which has been active for one year but was established in the summer of 2009, met and reelected its current leadership on Jan. 11. Keith Lescarbeau remained Chairperson while Cheryl Lescarbeau continued on as Secretary and Larry Vranka as Vice-Chair. Mike Deluca continued to serve as Liaison Department Director and Denise Buonnono remains the Clerk of the Commission. Keith Lescarbeau, a contractor and owner of Abcore Restoration, was tapped to be on the commission the old fashioned way.
âWe found Keith through an advertisement in the newspaper,â Mike Deluca said. âWe had eight original applicants (seven positions with one alternate) and we appointed all of them."
I have always been a First Amendment purist, especially when it comes to freedom of speech and (obviously) freedom of the press.
But I donât think that calls for civility in our political rhetoric violate, or even restrict, the First Amendment.
Calls to ban or, even worse, punish harsh or uncivil political discussion would cross that line. But a voluntary admonition to tone it down and not be vicious or hateful is definitely inbounds.
Not all that long ago, politics was fun. It was fun for those who participated in it and it was fun for those, like journalists, who watched it.