January 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â€“ The daffodil is the first flower of spring, letting us know that life re-emerges after very harsh treatment through the dead of winter.
Such evident symbolism has been the decades-old landmark of the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Daffodil Days, which recruit volunteers now through March when these flowers spring to life.
A school bus carrying 25 children and a passenger vehicle collided in North Kingstown this afternoon.
There was a report of one injury in the accident and the children themselves were transferred to another bus.
Pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times for more details.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Department of Education is upping its standards again for graduating students to receive a high school diploma, placing more emphasis on NECAP scores while developing differential diplomas. With the Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist coming to the South Kingstown High School Wednesday, Jan. 19 to hold a public hearing on changes to the graduation requirements for the classes of 2012 and beyond, the townâ€™s school committee focused on these changes at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
Trees lay dormant in winter. Giving Trees do not.
Though Christmas has come and gone, the employees of Arkwright Advanced Coatings, Inc. come to their cafeteria, pour their coffee, heat their soup and discuss how to improve what they want to give to local families in need.
Coventry High School will be holding itâ€™s first ever Community Night for incoming freshman this Wednesday.
Lynn Burke, Assistant Principal for Student Services, is calling it a vehicle for communicating with the eighth grade students who will be starting high school this fall.
The School Building Committee, by less than a clear consensus Tuesday night, recommended that the School Committee spend $4 million in school bond funding on comprehensive roof, floor and ventilation repairs at Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will be holding a community forum in North Kingstown tomorrow night as part of her Commissionerâ€™s 2010-2011 Listening and Learning Tour.
As part of her tour, Gist will visit every school district and hold a community forum where sheâ€™ll discuss the strategic plan thatâ€™s transforming education in the state and take questions from the public.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The Charlestown Police Department was recently chosen, along with Bristol and Smithfield, to attend a workshop to learn an approach to policing that is said to reduce the crime rate in town.
KINGSTON â€“ For 25 years the University of Rhode Island has been honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full week of events devoted to King's message of peace and equality. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, URI is having a week of service challenge in which students are asked to do 2,011 total hours of community service in one week.
NARRAGANSETTâ€“On Dec. 29 the Narragansett Times reported on the town's current water status and the recent legislation that places regulations on water use in order to conserve the state's water supplies ("Lower water rates bring new efforts for conservation"). Currently, the town's citizens have the second lowest water rates in the state. Senator Susan Sosnowski was asked about these rates, the developments in the state government regarding water, and the impact of the legislation on the state in the future.