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RI Museum of Science & Art to host ‘Metamorphosis' at Slater Mill

February 21, 2011

The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The museum's goal has been to focus on the intersection between art and science, two forces whose modern disciplines unleash curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication toward new thinking.

Wakefield Books opens its doors

February 20, 2011

WAKEFIELD–South County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.

Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstore’s lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.

Charter Review expects final draft ready for May

February 19, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The Charter Review met Wednesday and is approaching the end of their work. The commission, whose last entity met in 1998, expects to have a final draft ready for the council for their May meeting. Discussion at this week's meeting dealt with purchasing powers and ethics.

RI fishermen seek local market success

February 18, 2011

The Senate Task Force on Fisheries, led by Rhode Island senator Susan V. Sosnowski, met Wednesday evening to discuss the issues concerning the creation of local seafood markets.

One might think that seafood is a significant staple of the Rhode Island economy, yet no current infrastructure exists for the marketing of local seafood products. A varied group of speakers from fishermen to local businessmen to scientists detailed their approaches and concerns about creating sustainable, local seafood markets.

Project Sweet Peas to benefit from Polar Plunge this Saturday

February 18, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The first annual Polar Plunge organized by Project Sweet Peas will take place at George’s of Galilee Beach this Saturday. Although the town of Narragansett is not unfamiliar with such frigid rituals, this time the goal is more than mere novelty.

Towers Committee talks 2011 restoration, budget, events

February 18, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Towers Committee met on Feb. 15 to discuss their events schedule, their budget, and new plans for the historic landmark.
The building is undergoing restoration and the Town Council has already approved the final proposal for $177, 590 to Abcore. This phase will include replacement of a stairway, landings, elevator, hallway, and other projects around the property. The committee also hopes to refurbish display cases, install shelving, and install furniture in the Towers office.

SK taxpayers, town officials clash over snow removal

February 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Town taxpayers had much on their minds at Monday night's town council meeting, expressing their disappointment in snow removal along streets in the town and also their hope for the reopening of the Dugway Road Bridge.

AEP funding arrives for local wind turbines

February 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – South County will become more energy efficient with the $240,000 in funding the Attorney General Patrick F. Kilmartin directed for the completion of the 100 kilowatt wind turbine at Fisherman's Memorial State Campground and the construction of a wind turbine at the East Matunuck State Beach facility.

Brown students study ecological impact of living close to water

February 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE–During the fast-paced lame duck session which saw the end of the Democratic Party's control of the House, climate change legislation which would have curbed industrial greenhouse gas emissions across the economy was squashed. As recently as Tuesday a climate change denier from Oklahoma, Senator Inhofe, and the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency squared off at the Republican-led EPA hearings. But while Congress debates, the science is in, carbon is rising, and the clock is ticking. Town planning departments across the state map flood zones and develop strategies for withstanding future floods which result from a changing climate. Meanwhile, undergraduate and graduate students at Brown's Center for Environmental Studies are working to analyze local events including past floods and are developing strategies for a sustainable environment.

Two decades of change for Domestic Violence Resource Center

February 15, 2011

WAKEFIELD – In the past two decades, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County has seen significant changes in how the public and police deal with domestic violence cases due to more education and awareness of the issue.

 

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