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Dire predictions for town budget during Narragansett joint work session

December 17, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—“It is not a pretty picture,” according Finance Director Donald Goodrich who presented budget estimates to a joint town council and school committee work session Monday evening. State aid to the town in 2010-11 was $6,458,074. In the recent recession years, there has been a 7.8 percent reduction in funds from Providence bringing the new, lower than expected estimate of $5,949,416 for 2011-12. State aid had already been cut 3.17 percent in the 2010-2011 year.

Future journalists hone their skills at Prout School

December 16, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Whether it’s the latest music review, a letter to future freshman or an editorial about parking woes, the new Prout School student newspaper, The Crusader Chronicle offers students a creative outlet to having their voices heard.

RI HOPE reaches out to flood victims

December 15, 2010

BY KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN

CRANSTON – RI HOPE (Helping Other People in Emergencies), a new community program organized to help Rhode Islanders affected by the March flood is setting out to neighborhoods to provide outreach services. The program is a federal response to the presidential declaration of a disaster in Rhode Island.

Narragansett Elementary kids appear in The Nutcracker

December 15, 2010

NARRAGANSETT--Aran Flaherty, Katia Konopelko, Morgan D'Ambra, Emma Landy, Brendan Flaherty, Natalie Landy, and Charlotte D'Ambra of Narragansett Elementary School have been practicing once a week in Providence for Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker. And while this is a first time for many of the children, Aran said she had danced before.

O’Neill resolution stirs debate

December 15, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After Councilman James O’Neill proposed a resolution to Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee regarding his future financial policies, the town council heatedly debated the merits of the resolution at Monday night’s meeting.

Friends of Canonchet Farm founder Lee dies in car accident

December 15, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–Charles Lee,69, of 320 Ocean Road, was killed on Dec. 10 when his car swerved off Route 6 in Killingly, Conn. Lee was Vice President of the non-profit group Friends of Canonchet Farm whose aim was independent stewardship of the Narragansett property. Richard Vangermeersh, treasurer of the Friends of Canonchet, said that Lee was a Type 1 diabetic and that he had “a problem, a fear of driving at night.” Last year while visiting Bristol’s Audobon site, Vangermeersh (also a diabetic) says that Lee collapsed as a result of low blood sugar. Police have not yet confirmed the cause of Lee’s crash.

Anytime Fitness offers affordable, results-oriented training

December 13, 2010

NARRAGANSETT--Joseph Penrose and Alex LaVallee co-own and recently opened Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour gym on Nov. 1. The gym is one of three such centers in Rhode Island and is open seven days a week throughout the year. It is guarded by security cameras and accessed through the use of a individualized security card. But if you enter, prepare to be energized.
“Fitness is not a sprint it’s a marathon,” LaVallee said, laughing. “That’s a good quote,” Penrose said.

Big John Leyden’s Christmas Tree Farm celebrates 40 years in business

December 13, 2010

WEST GREENWICH – With over 100,000 Christmas trees and 14 varieties, Big John Leyden’s Christmas Tree Farm in West Greenwich has been a part of the holiday tradition for many families for 40 years now.

“We have real trees for real people. It’s about tradition, tradition, tradition,” John Leyden, founder and owner of the tree farm said in front of the television cameras from CBS morning news show.

Holiday Faire show and sale at Kentara Green

December 12, 2010

NARRAGANSETT– This weekend, local artist Joya Maxwell will open her heart and home for the second annual Holiday Faire on Kentara Green in Narragansett. In collaboration with The Splendid Loon’s Nina Briggs and Susan Letendre Imports, Maxwell’s two day event will offer an intimate holiday shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for the art lover.
The open house will feature a unique assortment of fine art, ceramic bead necklaces, porcelain and silver pendants, whimsical holiday pins, and fair-trade goods including stained glass jewelry and hand weavings from the indigenous people of Guatemala and Mexico. The venue will provide visitors an opportunity to experience one of Narragansett’s historic homes by renowned architects McKim, Mead and White.

Council meets with state legislators to discuss transportation, environment

December 11, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council met with the local state legislators Wednesday night, Dec. 8 during a work session meeting to discuss municipal issues related to the state, specifically concerning the state departments of transportation and environmental management.
From the General Assembly, representatives Michael Rice, Donald Lally, Jr., Donna Walsh, representatives elect Teresa Tanzi and Spencer Dickinson and Senator Sue Sosnowski attended the meeting with the town council.

 

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