WAKEFIELD â From Kenya to Haiti to Nepal, the Wakefield Baptist Church will feature more than 275 nativities from around the world to remind people what Christmas is about during its Festival of the Nativity on Dec. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church at 236 Main St. in Wakefield.
âIt's to remember what Christmas is about. It's a good way to get into the Christmas spirit,â Nancy Bancroft, congregation member and coordinator of the festival said.
HOPKINTON – A man who touched his head to a power line last Sunday morning as he was trimming branches was listed in improving condition the next day.
NARRAGANSETTâThey do not pulse or sting, but they do glow. From Narragansett Bay to Argentina comb jellies shimmer with refracted light from their ever-moving bodies. And they can be spotted through the dark night waters as a result of bioluminescence. Comb jellies are a type of ctenophore (ten-o-for) and natural to Rhode Islandâs waters. They are not dangerous to humans but their early reproduction cycles, which new studies show are a result of climate change, could affect the microscopic and fish life of Narragansett Bay. The jellies early births have encouraged researchers to learn more about this invertebrateâs life cycle in Rhode Island's waters.
HOPKINTON â One of the new Town Council's first actions was to move forward with advertising that it is looking for people interested in joining the Charter Review Committee.
NARRAGANSETT â PBS's âSesame Streetâ and âThe Electric Companyâ are taking lessons from southern Rhode Island school districts to help increase its focus for the next two years on science and inquiry.
Sara Sweetman, director of education for the University of Rhode Islandâs Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-NET), has been working behind the scenes with Sesame Workshop since February, first in a series of seminars in New York and then continuing with regular conversations with the group that produces âSesame Streetâ and âThe Electric Company.â
WOOD RIVER JCT. â An all-day kindergarten program will be offered in the Chariho Regional School District starting in the 2011-12 school year.
Unanimous approval of a plan to institute a full day of kindergarten was one of the first actions by the newly elected Chariho Regional School Committee, which voted on the item at its Nov. 23 meeting.
The board was faced with several options by the administration, one of which would have implemented the program with minimal costs by eliminating or phasing out the regular-education preschool class.
The 800-pound “political football” in the firehouse is about to get much more attention.
By a 3-0 vote with two abstentions, the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners Thursday night asked the newly elected Town Council to conduct a study of whether the historically independent fire district, which collects its own taxes to fund its operations, should be merged into town government.
NARRAGANSETT- Just in time for the holiday season, BayScape Nursery has opened its new retail location at 933 Boston Neck Road.
Owners Barry Mills and Ed Fishell, both natives of Narragansett who were raised just down the road in Mettatuxet, opened the doors to the public last Friday. Construction on the new building, adjacent greenhouse and surrounding property took just over nine months to complete. Bayscape was originally located about a mile north behind the Saunderstown post office.
"It's a more convenient location for everyone," said Fishell during a recent interview. "We are much more visible now and more people will see what we have to offer here. Plus it means a lot to Barry and I that we grew up so close to the place.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâAs the new president of South Kingstown Town Council, Ella Whaley plans to reach out to community members and bridge the divide amongst town organizations.
Whaley has been an elected official in South Kingstown for 12 years, first working on the school committee for eight years and then working on the town council. After being elected for her third term to the council this year, the council elected her as president at the swearing-in ceremony Monday, Nov. 22.