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Clergy asking state to help poor

January 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Not all of the lobbying at the Statehouse is done by people in dark suits on the House and Senate floors, committee rooms and legislative lounges.

A group of the state's religious leaders, spanning faiths from Judeo-Christian to Eastern, some in colorful liturgical robes, gathered in the main rotunda last Wednesday to stage the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's fourth annual “Fighting Poverty with Faith” vigil.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two members of EGPD promoted

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Two veteran East Greenwich Police Department officers received promotions in rank during ceremonies at Monday night's Town Council meeting at Town Hall.

Lt. Stanley Cirella was promoted from sergeant, and Sgt. Robert Siple was promoted from patrolman as they were sworn in by Town Clerk Leigh A. Botello, saluted by Police Chief Thomas Coyle and had their new badges pinned on by family members.

For more on the story, check out the Jan. 12 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local leaders want state to do more with reform

January 5, 2012

The heavy lifting’s not over on Smith Hill.

While the state General Assembly took a major step toward easing the state's pension crisis with the reforms passed in November's special session, following up on those measures in the 2012 session will be crucial, state Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35) and state Rep. Robert Watson (R-Dist. 30) said last Friday, four days before the new session began.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An artsy day

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Only a caring teacher, in the guise of helping the only boy surrounded by five girls, can sound perfectly natural when saying, “Robert, I think you might want your horns a little bigger.”

That would be monster horns; made to resemble a beast from “Monster’s, Inc.” On Robert’s funky fleece hat, which he was making to adorn his mannequin head.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School officials, union strike deal

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — School officials and the union representing support staff have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with the help of mediation.

The three-year agreement, giving paraprofessionals two-percent annual raises in exchange for increased health care co-payments, will save the school district $51,742 over the life of the contract, Maryann Crawford, director of administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night.

The union’s contract expired last June, and a mediator was called in after the two sides reached an impasse, she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Drug report doesn't tell all

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Aside from one teen drinking party that produced 26 arrests, there's little change in the raw numbers compiled in the East Greenwich Drug Program's Mid-Year Report for the period of July 1 to Dec. 19, 2011.

However, Bob Houghtaling, town substance abuse prevention coordinator, admits he worries about a subject not reflected yet in the numbers: abuse of prescription medications.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Redistricting change only minimal for EG

January 5, 2012

A relative status quo in state Senate redistricting is fine by East Greenwich officials.

Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich) will take it, too, considering the alternatives he faced. Still, the first-term senator will have plenty of new voters to introduce himself to if he hopes to win re-election.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Donation helps Christmas tradition continue on

December 29, 2011

A group of residents of Stone Ridge Estates continued a Christmas luminaria tradition dating back to 1976 with this year's presentation.

This year's program, which serves as a fundraiser for the East Greenwich Human Services Holiday Food Basket Program, was made possible by donations from residents and a $1,080 donation from Jim Matthews of Matthews Oil.

An estimated 2,600 luminaria were used to decorate curbs, walks and driveways, with donations, participants and luminaria varying somewhat year to year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Village Cafe offers patrons new option for breakfast

December 29, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Anne Steger is hoping to fill a downtown area restaurant gap…and end the tenant-go-round at 431 Main St.

Last Thursday, The Village Café opened at a spot which has seemed somewhat jinxed this year. Steve Filippou’s Twisted Dogs closed there last month after a run of less than two months, while The Sweet Nest, a cupcake shop, lasted only two months earlier this year.

But with the recent closings of downtown diners Jigger’s and Audra’s, Steger is hoping Main Street denizens looking for a new breakfast spot will find their way to her place.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Past year played out true to form

December 29, 2011

Let us lift up our glass, filled with holiday cheer, to the winners, the losers, the events of the year.

What was hot, what was not; the skinny, the dope, the Tweet, from Liz Taylor, to Lohan’s jailer, to the failed Lebron-led Miami Heat.

From “The King’s Speech” to nonsensical ravings of warlock Charlie Sheen,
From the newly-married Royal Prince William, to that divorced Palin teen.
From Navy Seals to shady deals to gas prices higher than the cost of wheels; Aptly-named Weiners to Liberal leaners and everything in-betweeners…

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