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January 21st, 2011

EG’s Trehy inspires others to volunteer

January 21, 2011

When her old club’s membership began to dim, Dorothy Trehy didn’t 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.
“We couldn’t find people willing to take office,” 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.

Robotic arm aids surgeons at South County Hospital

January 21, 2011

WAKEFIELD–South 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.

Lenore sinks; all four crew members rescued by Coast Guard

January 21, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–A 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.

Closings for S. Kingstown and Narragansett

January 21, 2011

South Kingstown

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

Narragansett Public Schools: Closed, 12 month employees report
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library: Closed
Narragansett PD: Parking ban until 6 a.m. Saturday

Narragansett Historic Commission re-elects leadership

January 21, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The 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.
“We found Keith through an advertisement in the newspaper,” Mike Deluca said. “We had eight original applicants (seven positions with one alternate) and we appointed all of them."

January 20th

POLITICS AS USUAL: Talk Radio-where political opponents turn into enemies

January 21, 2011

I have always been a First Amendment purist, especially when it comes to freedom of speech and (obviously) freedom of the press.
But I don’t 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.

Walsh named vice chairwoman of natural resources board

January 20, 2011

PROVIDENCE - Rep. Donna M. Walsh has been appointed vice chairwoman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, House Speaker Gordon D. Fox announced this week.

School budget is presented to council

January 20, 2011

The school committee met with the town council Monday night to again discuss projected budget needs for fiscal year 2011-2012.
Superintended of schools Michael Convery and the school department’s finance director Robin Reasor presented on behalf of the schools.
In addition to a list of items cut from the schools over the last few years, salary projections, detailed student enrollment projections their presentation included a capital budget request fiscal year 2011-2012.

Roof, floor at Meadowbrook vexes board

January 20, 2011

While a technology upgrade to East Greenwich High School received the School Committee’s blessing last night, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School question continues to hang over the heads of school officials.
As a Jan. 31 joint meeting with the Town Council looms ahead, the school board opted not to vote Tuesday night on a $3.9 million overhaul of Meadowbrook as it awaits a more detailed report from engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Hager and architecture firm SMMA on flooring, roofing and HVAC concerns.

As unemployment rate dips, gas prices rise

January 20, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—For 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 state’s cheapest and most expensive station rates.

 

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