January 10th, 2011
CHARLESTOWN -- The Town Council is considering tonight the approval of a new summer event held by the Frosty Drew Observatory and Nature Center.
The topic of wind turbines will come before the North Kingstown Town Council tonight as the Council considers imposing a moratorium on all new wind energy projects.
The moratorium, which is expected to last anywhere between six months to a year, would not apply to the proposed project on Stamp Farm but would limit any new turbine proposals.
For more information on tonight's meeting, turn to this week's Standard Times.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“Narragansett has no single stream recycling program.Â But Rhode Islandâ€™s Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) hopes to create a single bin a pick-up system for 2011-12.Â Without outside funding, independent businesses are purchasing toters at a discounted price in order to expand and deepen the townâ€™s recycling program.
By ERIC RUEB
KINGSTON â€“ There wasnâ€™t much to say after the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s 72-45 loss to Xavier Sunday night.
In any game, coaches and players go out of their way to find a silver lining, something to grasp on to, something to make it easier to forget an otherwise sour day. Last Monday, the Ramsâ€™ left knowing they were blown out on the road by a Florida team that should find its way to the NCAA Tournament, a game that looked like an aberration from how the Rams have played this season.
It has not been a good first half for the URI men's basketball team. The Rams have struggled in every aspect of the game and trail Xavier 31-19, the lowest scoring first-half of the season.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9
Xavier at URI, 6:30 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. Barrington at Portsmouth Abbey, 4 p.m.
Bay View Invitational at Tootell Aquatic Center, 1 p.m.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ For the past 15 years, coastal erosion along Matunuck Town Beach caused by severe storms has concerned South Kingstown town officials due its threat to businesses and houses along the shoreline. To mitigate coastal erosion, the town Planning Department has developed a Matunuck Coastal Area Report detailing storm related shoreline impacts from 1939 to present and potential shoreline protection options, released this past Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â€“ If you come to the Providence Boat Show this year, you just might win a new Stingray.
And someday, you might win a car!
The Stingray in question is an 18-footer, outfitted with a MerCruiser engine and trailer, worth more than $20,000 in total, not the car made famous by movie and TV spies in the 1960s, but why quibble? Enter the show and have a chance. With that, who needs a car?
With decisions on what to do with the school budget surplus and the Meadowbrook Farm Elementary School roof and floor situation looming, the School Committee and the districtâ€™s School Building Committee will be getting together for a joint meeting next week.
The work session, with school project funding recommendations on the agenda for discussion, will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Greenwich High Schoolâ€™s guidance suite.
While the School Committee has already requested permission from the Town Council to use one third of the estimated $6 million surplus from the $52 million school bond on roof replacement at the high school and Frenchtown Elementary School, the school boards will be discussing other priorities Tuesday.
A potential $4 million worth of work at Meadowbrook, involving both replacement of the roof and replacement of a deteriorating floor system. is the most expensive piece of the puzzle. The daunting cost of the work has had school officials considering retirement of the 40-year-old building, but enrollment and classroom space studies have quieted talk of closing the school.
Building Committee Chairman Jay Gowell said his board has had difficulty in finding a consensus on what to do about Meadowbrook, while School Committee Chairwoman Deidre Gifford is hoping to make a decision on the school sometime this month.
Gowell said the original cost of the Meadowbrook roof replacement, $1 million, has ballooned to the $3-4 million range.