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December 17th

State mandate goals achievable for town under its new Comprehensive Plan draft

December 17, 2010

A draft of the town’s upcoming comprehensive plan leaves plenty of room for the town to achieve its state-mandated goal for affordable housing stock...provided it’s willing to build several large clusters.
By allowing the construction of 100 percent affordable housing clusters on available land, the town can create up to 1,049 affordable housing units, well above the 555 target established by Rhode Island Housing.

Dire predictions for town budget during Narragansett joint work session

December 17, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—“It is not a pretty picture,” according Finance Director Donald Goodrich who presented budget estimates to a joint town council and school committee work session Monday evening. State aid to the town in 2010-11 was $6,458,074. In the recent recession years, there has been a 7.8 percent reduction in funds from Providence bringing the new, lower than expected estimate of $5,949,416 for 2011-12. State aid had already been cut 3.17 percent in the 2010-2011 year.

December 16th

Pondering winters: It seems the cold has finally set in

December 17, 2010

Winters in East Greenwich. It seems we had more snow in the 40s when I was coming of age here. There was usually enough snow to build a snowman. The children of my neighborhood would slide down the hill into what we knew then as MacGiveney’s Hollow from Bridge Street. At the other end of town, I’ve been told that they blocked off some of the bigger hills like King or Queen street and let the youngsters sled there.
It seems to me that every boy then wore a mackinaw, a longish jacket resembling a Navy peacoat but in some version of dark plaid. Our macs had shiny sleeves from our rubbing our runny noses on them. We had caps, mostly tokes or billed hats with earflaps. We knew not the cold until we had turned blue and just couldn’t take it any longer.

Cyber bullying addressed by TalkWorks program

December 17, 2010

It’s tough to find a more simple explanation of the appeal of cyberbullying than one Christine Caron received last Tuesday from a fourth-grader at Eldredge Elementary School.
Her question to the class about why students engage in online and cellphone bullying, insults and namecalling brought this response:
“Because I don’t have to look them in the face.”

Karate kid Shannon mixes Christian music, and Mojo with Dojo for a winning combo

December 17, 2010

WARWICK, R.I. – Susie Shannon is a remarkable combo of Mojo and Dojo.
Shannon, just 9, a 4th grader at Hoxie Elementary School in Warwick, will test for her brown belt in karate next month; but on Tuesday, she released her debut album of Contemporary Christian music called, “I Live For You.”
“I couldn’t do this without my parents helping me to do my best and my friends from ShoDan Karate, especially Renshi Jay, teaching me to have the confidence to go for my dreams,” said Susie.

Sen. Whitehouse-introduced CALM bill signed into law

December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama yesterday signed into law legislation to crack down on excessively loud television commercials.

See what you're missing in this week's Standard Times

December 16, 2010

It's the hottest topic in Rhode Island politics... what can the Ocean State expect from Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee?
For North Kingstown and Exeter residents, the answer is simple ... turn to this week's Standard Times.
This week's paper features an exclusive interview with the soon-to-be governor, long before any other local news sources can ask him the questions you care most about.
In addition, this week we profile long-time North Kingstown Director of Social Services Kathy Carland as she prepares for retirement.

Future journalists hone their skills at Prout School

December 16, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Whether it’s the latest music review, a letter to future freshman or an editorial about parking woes, the new Prout School student newspaper, The Crusader Chronicle offers students a creative outlet to having their voices heard.

Jigger’s Diner set to reopen

December 16, 2010

Iva Reynhaut is pretty excited to be cooking downtown once again.
The owner and cook at Jigger’s Diner, 145 Main St., couldn’t wait to share the news after the Town Council voted Monday night to put her back in business.
Reynhaut will be back behind the counter and grill at the historic, award-winning eatery after the council unanimously approved her request for the victualling license she lost when the state Division of Taxation shut her business down on Aug. 17 for nonpayment of state taxes.

December 15th

Skippers topple SK

December 16, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The North Kingstown boys basketball team forced 28 turnovers and used strong runs at the end of the first half and start of the second half to take care of rival South Kingstown 71-46 Wednesday night.
The Rebels had just finished off a 9-2 run to cut an early deficit to 17-15 with 5:15 left in the half after a Chase Almond jumper, but the Skippers caught fire the rest of the half, outscoring SK 14-4 to take a 31-19 lead at the break.

 

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