February 8th, 2011
The East Greenwich Board of Fire Commissioners and local firefighters have agreed on a new three-year contract with an 18-month pay freeze and a 20 percent co-pay.
East Greenwich Firefighters Association Local 3328, affiliated with the International Association of Firefighters, ratified the new pact by majority vote three weeks ago, said Lt. Bill Perry, union president.
The commissioners then approved the contract at their meeting last Thursday.
The North Kingstown Home Depot will be holding their second annual Free Kidâ€™s Activities Camp during February school vacation, Feb. 21 to 25, beginning at 10 a.m.
Thereâ€™ll be story time daily followed by hands-on activities. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Parents must be present with children at all time and is offered to children ages five and up.
The following is the weekâ€™s schedule:
Feb. 21- Kidâ€™s Workshop. Build a project using tools with the Home Depot team.
Feb. 22- Painting Pots. Your child can design a clay pot for you to enjoy for years.
The director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was at Monday nightâ€™s town council meeting to discuss the replacement of the bridge on Laurel Avenueâ€”renamed last year the Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge.
Michael Lewis, RIDOTâ€™s director, was back at a Coventry town council meeting for the second time in less than a year.
For months, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School repair dilemma has vexed the School Committee.
On Monday night, the Town Council faced its turn, with a divided council deciding it needed two more weeks to ponder that and other school-related repair issues totaling $3.8 million.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Within the past week there have been several incidents within southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island where recreational or small fishing vessels sunk at their pier or mooring due to excess weight from snow and ice.
With school vacation right around the corner and families looking for great deals to fill the time, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin warns consumers not to be fooled by offers of free or greatly discounted vacations.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”A local professor and businessman, John K. Dunn, 58, of 365 Boston Neck Road, was arrested on Jan. 28 by Rhode Island State Police on three felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. Dunn entered no plea and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
On Feb. 2, Dunn, in consultation with university officials, was relieved of his teaching duties and has been placed on an â€śalternative work assignment.â€ť
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”For most people, finding the career thatâ€™s right for them is a task that takes a lifetime. For North Kingstown teenager Brandon Martinez, all it took was one afternoon at an automotive swap meet in Thompson, Connecticut.
He was seven years old.
When the world's most popular social networking site, Facebook, debuted in 2003, things were different. It started out small as it was open to a select group of colleges and universities. It grew quickly, though, and expanded to more colleges as months passed. And, soon enough, it was open to community colleges, then high schools, and, finally, every person with an Internet connection.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“Jeffry Ceasrine wouldnâ€™t trade his job for any other. Narragansett, beneficiary of the 22 years that the Town Engineer has dedicated to the planning, construction and maintenance of the townâ€™s infrastructure, should thank him.
â€śWe usually get unhappy calls when something is broken,â€ť said Ceasrine with a laugh.
â€śI didnâ€™t even know I was getting the award.â€ť