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A look back at the flood of the century

April 4, 2011

WAKEFIELD–When four feet of water rushed into the back of Damon’s Hardware on Main Street last March, co-owner Toni Chappell said she was horrified.

Since 1945, the plumbing and hardware store has been situated next to the Saugatucket River, where sump pumps have been able to control the overflow of water due to rain floods. However, on March 31 last year, Rhode Island experienced the worst flooding it has seen in a century, causing the Saugatucket River to overflow its bank.

Packed house for CRMC meeting

April 3, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Matunuck Beach Road property owners filled the town council chamber Tuesday night for a chance to tell Coastal Resource Management Council to do what they should have done 15 years ago: stop coastal erosion along Matunuck Beach.
The Town Council and local state representatives Sen. Susan Sosnowski, Shoreham and Rep. Donna Walsh and representatives for federal senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed met with the CRMC during a work session to discuss solutions to prevent coastal erosion along Matunuck Beach Road that is impacting roads, businesses and residents.

SK breaks statewide trend, grows nearly 10 percent

April 2, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – According to new census figures released Wednesday, South Kingstown has seen the largest population growth in South County, adding 2,718 residents or a growth rate of 9.7 percent. The new figures brings South Kingstown’s population up to 30,639.
Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred contributed the population increase to the change in housing development and construction.

Cupcake Madness winners announced

April 1, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Friends of Hazard Castle hosted a very successful Cupcake Challenge last Sunday at The Towers in Narragansett.
Below are the winners and participants.

Challenge 1 - Cupcake from the book Its Raining Cupcakes - Winner -
Fatulli's Gourmet Bakery & Deli

Challenge 2 Rhode Island Historic Landmak - Winner - Sliver Spoon Bakery

Challenge 3 Signature Cupcake - Winner - Stephanie's Sweet Treats

Challenge 4 Best Frosting - Winner - City Girl Cupcake

Challenge 5 Naturally Wired
Best Organic - Winner - Stephanie's Sweet Treats
Best Gluten Free - Winner Silver Spoon Bakery

‘The Tank’ is back: Bess Eaton returns to Wakefield

April 1, 2011

WAKEFIELD – A town tradition is now back serving up coffee, donuts and bagels with the opening of Bess Eaton last Friday at the corner of Main Street and Kingstown Road.

After Tim Hortons closed this past November, manager Mary Haverly saw it as an opportunity to bring the local Bess Eaton back to Wakefield.
“We knew it was missed. We loved it and we knew it would be successful,” Haverly said. “It was successful in the past and even as I owned Tim Hortons for six years, people kept asking for Bess Eaton coffee.”

Capital Reserves Committee talks future school projects

April 1, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Capital Reserves Committee met on Tuesday evening to outline upcoming renovations at the Narragansett High School. These major projects include a new glass envelope for the school’s greenhouse and a new floor for the high school gymnasium.

“This committee’s purpose is to understand the capital plan as presented to the school department, and make recommendations to the town council in financing all three schools,” said Katherine E. Sipala, Superintendent of Schools in Narragansett.

Police resources much better now for finding kids

March 31, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - If Jason Foreman went missing today, the search for the lost boy might have been different.
South Kingstown retired Captain H. Ronald Hawksley, a lead detective in the case that put Michael Woodmansee, who killed five year old Jason Foreman in 1975 behind bars said police have better resources now in searching for missing children and they would not have made the same mishaps.

Narragansett fisherman perishes in house fire

March 30, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–A Narragansett man died Monday morning after a fire engulfed the inside of his home at 45 Durkin Drive. David W. Jordan, a 57 year-old lobsterman, was said to be trapped inside of his one floor ranch home.
Narragansett Fire Chief Jim Cotter said that a relative called Jordan’s house but received no answer. The relative then went to Jordan’s home and after seeing flames, called 911.

Business owners discuss Narragansett’s economic future

March 28, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–As Robert Leaver set up the bulletin boards across the assembly room, Narragansett business owners quickly learned that this was not a typical public forum. Leaver, spearhead of the New Commons consultancy firm, conducts public forums as innovative brainstorming sessions. Wednesday evening was an opportunity for local business owners to develop ideas about making Narragansett a more economically profitable town.

SK focuses on teacher, student assessment

March 27, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At its work shop session Tuesday night, the school committee focused on how students are assessed, how their needs are met and how it relates to NECAP scores.

“We must be committed to doing whatever it takes to help each student succeed-every child, every day,” Assistant Superintendent Mary Kelley said.

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