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February 15th, 2012

Field maintenance memorandum almost set

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The Town Council took a step closer Monday night toward finalizing a memorandum of understanding with the East Greenwich School District regarding the upkeep and cost of maintaining athletic fields used by the schools.

Town Manager William Sequino Jr. and School Superintendent Victor Mercurio have spent nearly a year working on an agreement to formalize arrangements between the two entities, in which the town Parks and Recreation Department has maintained fields and the schools have paid for supplies used in their upkeep.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Scout's site to help report bullying

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Ana Opishinski is taking the battle against bullying out of school and putting it online.

“It’s a community issue. You can’t just rely on school,” the East Greenwich High School senior says of the problem that prompted her to create her new website, Bully Tracker, as her Girl Scouting Gold Award project.

The site, which she put online last week at www.ribullytracker.org, is designed to help compile statistics on bullying activity throughout the state and help public safety officials target areas and demographics where extra attention is needed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NECAP scores trend upward

February 15, 2012

The East Greenwich School District continues to shine on standardized testing, as evidenced by last fall’s New England Common Assessment Program results for students in grades 3 through 8 and 11.

At all six of the town’s schools, measures of student proficiency in reading, mathematics and writing (grades 5, 8 and 11) topped state averages for proficiency by healthy margins, state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist reported in figures released last Friday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Access plan for new McDonald's creates puzzle

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — What looked like a one-item special meeting agenda last Wednesday with a routine bit of housekeeping turned into one of the more contentious Planning Board meetings in recent months.

With board members split on whether to reconsider one condition of a plan approved in December, FKL New London LLC, developer of a planned McDonald's at 2500 New London Turnpike, will go back to the drawing board on an access plan for the restaurant to be built near Exit 7 of Route 95 in the extreme northwest corner of town near its border with Coventry and West Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Plans for 'Paz' film now in the works

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — These are busy days for local film producer Chad A. Verdi, who is juggling the demands of three films in various stages of development, marketing and exhibition.

First, there is “Loosies,” a pickpocketing tale in current release in both theaters and at home with On Demand, which may finally receive a Rhode Island theater run.

Second, preparations are under way for an October theatrical release of “Infected,” a horror film featuring some of the cast and crew involved with “Inkubus,” released last October, Verdi’s first production with Main Street-based Woodhaven Films.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EGFD to meet about station relocation Sat.

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH - The East Greenwich Fire District will hold a special meeting to discuss a possible relocation of Station 1 on Saturday at 10 a.m. at New England Institute of Technology, 1408 Division Road.

Chief Peter Henrikson will present a report he, Deputy Chief Russell McGillivray and district staff have prepared on the feasibility of moving the station from its current 98-year-old headquarters building at 284 Main St. to a new building, to be built on a state-owned lot at the corner of Post Road and Cedar Avenue.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local college student immerses himself in New Orleans

February 15, 2012

Yes, the Superdome that had been torn up is gleaming again, conventions and celebrations have returned, and the good times are rolling again in New Orleans 6½ years after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the city.

But there's a lot more to the story, as Mike McDevitt discovered over the holidays.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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