By JONATHAN GIBBS
When one summons a sensory image of what Christmas is supposed to look, smell and sound like, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Naray in Kunar Province may be among the last to come to mind. Hard by the Pakistan border, it is muscled with angular mountains that seem to rise straight up out of the earth as if some malevolent force was trying to punch through the ground.
RICHMOND -- Members of the Town Council were unhappy with several elements of the first draft financial audit received at last Tuesday night's meeting.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ It was 7:30 a.m. on Monday and I had enlisted in boot camp. Jumping jacks, mountain climbers, knee highs, hurdles and jump squats with a young fit couple standing before me blowing whistles. Youâ€™d think Iâ€™d go AWOL, but this wasnâ€™t the typical military boot camp. Instead of being surrounded by grunting young men with buzzed haircuts, I was accompanied by fun, enthusiastic women trying to reach their fitness goals. I had committed myself to an hour of intense exercise with the South County Adventure Boot Camp for Women, a four-week program of fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training led by certified adventure fitness trainer and director, Ryan Bate.
Ryan Bate, who has a bachelorâ€™s degree in community health education from Rhode Island College and who is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine began the boot camp last April with his wife, Danielle Bate.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and the RI Department of Labor and Training's Business Workforce Center have partnered to host a job fair at the Wakefield Mall, Thursday, Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There will be 21 employers looking for applicants, including Dunkin Donuts, Wendy's, Friendly's, Cracker Barrel, Papa Gino's, AMF Bowling, Wal-Mart and Savers. Local businesses include Brewed Awakenings.
The executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, Joe Iacoi said he contacted the Department of Labor and Training last month to meet the needs of the displaced Tim Horton workers in South County.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ At the Welcome House of South County human service workers not only have to worry about their own personal issues like paying the bills and taking care of their children, they worry about the livelihood of the people they help and serve.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The town council honored veterans who served during and after World War II on the eve of the anniversary of the nationâ€™s entrance into World War II 69 years ago. Veterans who served their country received a certificate of appreciation from the town which included a special embroidered white star removed from a retired flag which once flew over Narragansett Town Hall.
WOOD RIVER JCT. -- Students attending any school within the Chariho Regional School District are invited to attend a make-up clinic at Chariho High School today from 4 to 8 p.m. This is an opportunity for students that missed their school community flu event.
ASHAWAY -- The 13th Annual Ashaway Holiday Stroll returns to town this Saturday.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Silver Lake Avenue Bridge is now open for traffic. The town public services department completed the reconstruction project on Nov. 19.
Public Services Director Jon Shock said although the bridge is open there are still minor repairs to be finished. However, concrete structural repairs were made, along with repainting the steel rims and adding anti-scouring for the Saugatucket River, which has a high velocity. The project was completed on time.
A new solicitor was hired at a special meeting held by the town council on Monday night.
Frederick G. Tobinâ€™s appointment was affirmed and approved by the council 4 to 0.
Councilwoman Laura Flanagan was absent.
In addition to Tobin, the town manager recommended as a part of the resolution that Edwards, Angell, Palmer and Dodge stay on as assistant solicitors for â€śdesignated tasks.â€ť This was approved as part of the same resolution.