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Wakefield Mall Waldenbooks closing in January after 31 years

December 31, 2010

WAKEFIELD – Although bookstore locals will lament the loss of Waldenbooks, which will close Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the Wakefield Mall, they can breathe a sigh of relief as Wakefield Books will likely take its place.
Waldenbooks began its closing store sale after its employees were notified of the closing. Borders, the company that owns Waldenbooks, did not renew the store’s lease at the mall.
As the bookstore, known for its customer-friendly employees, featured huge sales just before the holidays, some customers were saddened by the news of its closing.

SK officials resolved to do their part in 2011

December 31, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As 2011 approaches, it's time to make up for the past by making a New Year Resolution and hoping that, over the next 12 months, you will follow it through.
Members of the South Kingstown Town Council and School Committee are no different.

Local hot spots ready to party

December 31, 2010

WAKEFIELD – With the New Year only a few hours away, many local restaurants and bars are having specials for their customers to toast the night away and ring in 2011 in the best, and most fun, way possible.
As midnight fast approaches, here are a few suggestions on how you can celebrate locally with friends and family.
Casey's Bar and Grill on Old Tower Hill Road in Wakefield will be having many dinner specials to celebrate the New Year.

Chatting with the three barbers of Jordan’s New Style

December 30, 2010

WAKEFIELD—Three barbers at Jordan’s New Style snip, clip, and chat on Wakefield’s Main Street.

The previous barbershop relocated after a flood destroyed what had been a cozy basement spot filled with pool tables and the usual haircut mischief. The shop’s owners decided not to sign a new lease and instead moved to a new spot on Columbia Street.

They left but the barber pole stayed.

Adam Lavelle, 19, grew up in the Chariho region and learned to cut hair with his friends. He’ll buzz skulls, trim chin spinach, and give you a “freshy.” But don’t be frightened, parents; that is just Adam’s slang for trimming your neck hair. By his senior year of high school he knew it is what he wanted to do with life.

URI graduate student enrollment on the rise

December 29, 2010

KINGSTON – The state's single public university, the University of Rhode Island is seeing the biggest increase in graduate school applications and enrollment in 10 years. The graduate school also learned that two of its doctoral programs rank in the top 10 nationally and a third is ranked in the top 20.

Experts bust four fitness myths

December 29, 2010

It’s that time of year again. The turkey leftovers have quickly disappeared and the break room at work is looking awfully bare without its mountain of Christmas cookies. With the holiday treats and desserts, it’d seem as if you were preparing for hibernation. But as you look down at the numbers on the scale and observe the extra pounds you gained these past couple of months, it seems like the perfect time to join that health fitness club. As New Year’s approaches, you may decide to make it a resolution to lose weight in the next year. So how do you make your resolution a reality? By staying clear of the follow fitness myths.

Affordable housing shortage hurts town in different ways

December 29, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—Data is always tricky. It can be manipulated and exaggerated. But recent data it is worth looking into especially considering you are the one paying for the Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau released five-year American Community Survey (ACS) whose estimates and data confirm a persistent housing affordability crisis for Rhode Islanders. HousingWorks RI, a Providence-based non-profit that analyzes housing data, has analyzed data that indicates that Rhode Island is the most housing cost-burdened state in New England.

DEM says foreign trawlers don’t over-fish

December 28, 2010

NARRAGANSETT– According to Department of Environmental Management marine biologists, Atlantic herring have arrived in RI state waters this December, as expected. Commercial fishing for herring has been traditionally pursued by local vessels. However, this fishery is also being targeted opportunistically by mid-water pair trawl vessels from other states, particularly when northern herring management areas are closed once allowable quotas have been harvested.

Tiered diploma system among topics of upcoming open forum with Deborah Gist

December 27, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Rhode Island’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be visiting Pier Middle School on Jan. 6 and will hold an open forum at Narragansett High School for the public as well as a meeting with the Board of Regents. She will meet with the public at Narragansett High School from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will hold a forum. She will facilitate a discussion of a recent proposal to institute a tiered diploma system for secondary school graduates which would take into account the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test.

Festival of Lights stirs the Christmas spirit

December 27, 2010

ATTLEBORO – It was a Christmas winter wonderland as more than 300,000 colored lights illuminating over 10 acres. I made my way through the winding paths of twinkling lights through the hanging tree branches leading to the story of Saint Nicholas and the birth of Jesus Christ. As part of my holiday tradition every year, I was visiting the Festival of Lights at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass.

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