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Future workers lacking skills

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The jobs are there. Rhode Islanders with the necessary skills aren't.

U.S. Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I., 2nd District) and two local business leaders brought that message to New England Institute of Technology Monday as they promoted President Barack Obama's latest job initiative, to provide two million people with training leading directly to new jobs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bad decisions could have lasting effect

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Allowing the underaged to drink in your home could possibly land you behind bars, a state Superior Court judge warned residents last week.

The effects on the young people who drink could also last long after the buzz fades, Associate Justice Daniel Procaccini told the audience at a Swift Community Center forum addressing changes in the state's social host legislation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town gets good grades from Moody's

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Even in a difficult budget year, East Greenwich is still feeling the love from Moody's.

The investment analyst, reporting on the town's recent issuance of $39 million in revenue bonds for the construction of Cole Middle School, reaffirmed the town's bond rating of AA1, just one notch below its highest rating of AAA.

The town also boosts an AA+, also the second-highest rating, from Standard & Poor's.

For more on the story, check out the Feb. 2 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Longtime SRIN photographer Ray Clayton inducted into Rhode Island Press Association Hall of Fame

January 27, 2012

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers is proud to announce that longtime staff photographer Ray Clayton has been named one of three entrants into the Rhode Island Press Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Clayton, who worked for SRIN for nearly 40 years as a fulltime photographer and freelanced for the Standard Times up until his death last December, will join East Bay Newspapers sports writer/photographer Manuel C. “Manny” Correira and retired Providence Journal business editor Joseph L. Goodrich as the latest inductees into the coveted hall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

BREAKING NEWS: Former Pendulum publisher William A. Foster dies at 88

January 25, 2012

William A. Foster, former publisher of the East Greenwich Pendulum for two decades before retiring in 1984, died at his Florida retirement home in Bradenton, Fla. on Monday. He was 88.

A native of Framingham, Mass., Foster earned his degree in Journalism from Northeastern University and spent his first 20 years in the field with a series of advertising and public relations positions with Westinghouse, W.R. Grace.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Watson enters rehab after arrest

January 25, 2012

For the second time in less than a year, State Rep. Robert A. Watson is facing a charge of marijuana possession after a car stop.

Watson, deposed by the House Republican caucus as majority leader after last April’s arrest in East Haven, Conn., was arrested close to midnight Saturday in South Kingstown in the parking lot of Washington County Veterinary Hospital, 4263 Tower Hill Road, after a driver plowing snow in the lot reported Watson’s car – with the front driver’s side tire missing – almost hit him, according to South Kingstown police.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School contract talks hit a snag

January 25, 2012

Before they could even begin, contract talks between the School Committee and the East Greenwich Education Association, the NEARI-affiliated union representing the district's teachers, have hit a snag.

In a release put out Monday afternoon by the School Department, the administration and School Committee expressed disappointment in the union for declining their invitation to begin negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expires Aug. 31.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Refurbishment of Odeum taking shape

January 25, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — At first glance, the goal for a March 31 reopening of the Greenwich Odeum seems just a dream.

No lights in the theater. No seats. A chaotic mess on stage. And on a subfreezing January morning outside, it’s not much warmer inside.

But if you look closely, you can see a few signs that argue otherwise.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Plans for new service center still in works

January 25, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The Flood Auto Group’s planned Quick Lane auto service center, at the northeast corner of South County Trail and Frenchtown Road, received a better reception from the Planning Board last Wednesday than it did in its first pre-application hearing in November.

The proposed seven-bay oil change and tire center, along with a car wash, still needs plenty of work, with board members citing the intensity of development on the site and difficulty visitors will have making left turns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIMI to return to full operation after accident

January 25, 2012

The East Greenwich/Warwick office of Rhode Island Medical Imaging is expected to be back in full operation by today after a car crashed into the facility last Thursday morning.

The driver, Denny Witkowski of 42 Lyman Ave,, Warwick, was not injured in the accident, in which his car crashed through the wall of the facility.

Witkowski told police he was pulling into a parking space in front of the building when he mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal, sending the car crashing into the X-ray room. He was not charged by police.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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