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Accident claims two teens over weekend

February 22, 2012

EAST GREENWICH - Thomas Mears had just put his one-year-old daughter back to bed at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning, and was about to fall back asleep himself when he heard the horrible noise not far from his home at Shippeetown Road.

“If you put your head against a board and somebody hit a baseball bat across it, that's what it sounded like,” said Mears, East Greenwich Fire District captain. “I just started getting dressed and ran out. I knew it was going to be bad.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EGFD makes case for new station in town

February 22, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The cost of building a new East Greenwich Fire District Station 1 may still be too rich for some residents, but the price of land for its new home seemed right for most of them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Emergencies not only challenge for firefighters at current station

February 22, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Think knocking down a brush fire or dousing a burning structure in East Greenwich is a challenge?

Try maneuvering the firefighting apparatus out of Station 1 downtown on Main Street, where East Greenwich Fire District personnel have to contend with not only pedestrians and sometimes speeding traffic, but the structure of the 98-year-old building as well.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG Interfaith Food Bank receives healthy donation

February 22, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — While the current state of the economy may be a drain on local food banks, local volunteers and a supermarket chain are attempting to keep a local bank replenished.

The East Greenwich Interfaith Food Bank, based at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, received a $4,280 donation from Stop & Shop's Frenchtown Road branch, which has been active in several local food bank initiatives.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local's life a true balancing act

February 22, 2012

On the night of Feb. 20, 2003, East Greenwich’s Tracy King was working as a bouncer at the Station Nightclub for the Great White concert, escorting around WPRI-TV cameraman Brian Butler for him to get video of the show.

In the nine years since the tragic fire that claimed Tracy, 38, and 99 others at the Station, Evelyn King – Tracy’s wife – and her children have been taking things one step at a time and one day at a time to try and progress through life without him, with some days being naturally better than others.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

French class 'rocks' EGHS last Wednesday

February 22, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Seldom does a French lesson get students out of their seats and dancing.

But that's what happened last week in the East Greenwich High School Auditorium, with some help from Grand Derangement, a band from the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia, whose diverse music ties in with the history element of French language classes.

About 850 French language students from around the state, in two shifts, were bused to the school for the concert, an annual event sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French Rhode Island.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Field maintenance memorandum almost set

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The Town Council took a step closer Monday night toward finalizing a memorandum of understanding with the East Greenwich School District regarding the upkeep and cost of maintaining athletic fields used by the schools.

Town Manager William Sequino Jr. and School Superintendent Victor Mercurio have spent nearly a year working on an agreement to formalize arrangements between the two entities, in which the town Parks and Recreation Department has maintained fields and the schools have paid for supplies used in their upkeep.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Scout's site to help report bullying

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Ana Opishinski is taking the battle against bullying out of school and putting it online.

“It’s a community issue. You can’t just rely on school,” the East Greenwich High School senior says of the problem that prompted her to create her new website, Bully Tracker, as her Girl Scouting Gold Award project.

The site, which she put online last week at www.ribullytracker.org, is designed to help compile statistics on bullying activity throughout the state and help public safety officials target areas and demographics where extra attention is needed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NECAP scores trend upward

February 15, 2012

The East Greenwich School District continues to shine on standardized testing, as evidenced by last fall’s New England Common Assessment Program results for students in grades 3 through 8 and 11.

At all six of the town’s schools, measures of student proficiency in reading, mathematics and writing (grades 5, 8 and 11) topped state averages for proficiency by healthy margins, state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist reported in figures released last Friday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Access plan for new McDonald's creates puzzle

February 15, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — What looked like a one-item special meeting agenda last Wednesday with a routine bit of housekeeping turned into one of the more contentious Planning Board meetings in recent months.

With board members split on whether to reconsider one condition of a plan approved in December, FKL New London LLC, developer of a planned McDonald's at 2500 New London Turnpike, will go back to the drawing board on an access plan for the restaurant to be built near Exit 7 of Route 95 in the extreme northwest corner of town near its border with Coventry and West Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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