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EG has a way to beat the heat

July 22, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

Despite the National Weather Service’s forecast of 90-degree-plus temperatures today and tomorrow with accompanying humidity that will drive the heat index over 100, it is possible to play it cool in East Greenwich.
The town is making Swift Community Center, 111 Peirce St, available as a cooling center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the summer months.

EG’s Summer’s End to feature Pagnano

July 21, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

The featured performer for this year’s Summer’s End concert can boast of having spent the past 15 years working with a music legend…and having received his big break in show business from a boxing legend.
John Pagano, a Providence native whose repertoire ranges from pop chestnuts to rhythm and blues, will be performing with the R.I. Philharmonic at the town’s annual concert, to be held Friday, Sept. 2, at Eldredge Field. Rain date for the show is Saturday, Sept. 3.
Pagano, who began his career in the ’80s as an R&B singer, has been a featured vocalist since 1997 with Burt Bacharach, the pianist and songwriter responsible for many entries in the canon of pop music standards over the past 50 years. Along with two female singers and an 11-piece orchestra (including his brother Vinny, its drummer), they have toured throughout much of the world, most recently a six-date swing through Italy.
“The girls cover many of his hits, and I do all the male songs,” says Pagano, who usually performs “This Guy’s In Love with You,” “What the World Needs Now (Is Love Sweet Love),” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Any Day Now” and “God Give Me Strength.”
Now living in southern California, Pagano returns roughly every three months to visit his family, and tries to work in a shown or two while he’s in the area.
Before meeting Bacharach, and before recording a CD on MCA, however, came his “discovery” by that noted musical talent scout…Mike Tyson (yes, the former world heavyweight champion).
“I played in a band called Xpo around Albany with my brother. Mike trained about a half-hour away, and he came and saw us and took a liking to my band and my voice. He said I ought to sing the national anthem at one of his fights,” Pagano remembers.
In 1989, Pagano stood in the center of the ring as the Las Vegas Hilton and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Tyson’s successful title defense against Frank Bruno.
In the audience that night was an assistant to Irving Azoff, one of the recording industry’s giants, then chairman of MCA records.
“She saw me in the elevator on my way to the afterparty, and I met Azoff two days later,” Pagano says. While he had been discussing a record deal with Warner Brothers at the time, he ended up signing with MCA, which led to his first encounter with Bacharach and his then-wife, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager.
“Azoff took me over to see him because he was looking for material for my album, but Burt didn’t have anything that fit,” says Pagano.
The MCA CD, he recalls, was “very of the times, uptempo,” on which Bacharach’s more ballad-oriented tunes would’ve been out of place. “I was the only white guy in MCA’s R&B division.”
Plans for a second CD never materialized, but in 1997, “I received a call from Burt out of the blue. He was getting ready to tour, but had never toured with a male vocalist before. I told him I was surprised he remembered me, and he said he had never forgotten my voice.”

EG’s Safety Town still draws a crowd after 22 years

July 19, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

While class was ending for most East Greenwich kids last week, its youngest students received their first important lesson at school.
Safety Town, a 22-year-old program organized by the Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative Preschool and designed to teach young students the basics of personal safety, brought 48 children to Meadowbrook Farms School for five days of fun and activities to make them more aware of the new world about to unfold around them, and the dangers that sometimes lurk in it.

EGHA keeps profile low in new (old) digs

July 14, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

So where’s that new 1,500-square-foot addition to the East Greenwich Housing Authority offices at 146 First Ave?
If you’re driving past, you can’t tell which half of the yellow one-story wood building has just been completed and which half dates back to its 1848 origin as part of the town’s poor farm.
And that’s just fine with Executive Director Marcia Sullivan.
With just a couple of minor details remaining in the interior and some landscaping of the grounds to be completed, the $300,000 project, paid for with competitive federal stimulus funds, has helped the agency deal with what Sullivan feels were its two biggest concerns: privacy and handicapped access.
Prior to the addition, the building lacked a conference room and safe, secure areas in which officials could talk business with clients and contractors.
“Basically, all the frontline staff was in one room when I got here three years ago,” Sullivan remembers.
With a spacious new office of her own and a conference room featuring the original 1848 ceiling beams, Sullivan feels the revamped building is much more conducive to the sometimes sensitive business conducted inside.

Final commission report on EGHS released

July 10, 2011

The fifteen educators, who made an on-site evaluation of East Greenwich High School on April 10 through April 13, have submitted their final report, Principal Michael Podraza announced today. The evaluation visit took place under the direction of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The visiting committee was chaired by Dr. Edmund Higgins, Professor at Quinnipiac University and included educators from various New England states.

Step program in place for EG Town Hall

July 7, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

Steps have been taken (literally) to make sure the historic steps at Town Hall will be repaired and ready to welcome visitors again by mid-July.

Parental group to address blemished dugouts at EGHS atheletic fields

July 5, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

While the athletic fields at East Greenwich High School have received a major facelift the bad two years, the dugouts on the baseball diamonds have remained lingering blemishes.
John Mahoney and the Diamond Baseball Club, a group of baseball team parents and boosters, are hoping to change that.
Mahoney briefed the School Committee Tuesday night on his group’s plans to improve the dugouts, lengthening them and building cinderblock structures and roofs. The current dugouts offer a fence, a bench and little else, or as Mahoney put it, “a metal cage.”
“It’s a great facility, but these dugouts don’t fit the bill right now,” he said.
Without taking a formal vote, the committee gave its blessing to the plan. Chairwoman Deidre Gifford referred Mahoney to the Fields Committee, which Superintendent Victor Mercurio plans to convene next month to review plans for the dugout construction with an eye toward School Committee approval at its Aug. 16 meeting.
Mahoney said if the go-ahead is given then and details such as a construction plan and liability insurance are finalized, he and a group of parents can have the varsity field dugouts built by the beginning of November. He said they have raised $2,500 already, with each dugout’s cost estimated between $4-5,000.
Gifford said use of the town impact fee fund, which is covering the cost of the new concession stand being built at the football field, is also a possibility.
The new dugouts are necessary for safety reasons, he said – from disturbances both climatological and parental.
“There’s no privacy in these dugouts for the coach to talk to a player. The first game we were able to use the varsity field last year, we had a situation where a parent got into it with a coach and the police had to be called,” said Mahoney.
Another reason covered dugouts are needed, he said, is the baseball fields’ location, about a quarter-mile from the school building.

Character does count in EG schools

July 1, 2011

It's called Character Ed, and it does contain some valuable life lessons.
But for fifth- and sixth-graders at Eldredge and Hanaford elementary schools, Bob Houghtaling is hoping to draw some character out of the students in preparation for the challenges they will soon be facing at Cole Middle School.

Eldredge students show their ‘senior buddies’ their innately inventive sides

June 29, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

Fourth-graders at Eldredge Elementary School may have heard a few stories from their “Senior Buddies” at Greenwich Bay Manor about the old days, when household tasks required more labor than simply pushing a button or manipulating handheld electronic gadgets.
In that spirit, students showed their elder pals their inventive side recently on their final visit of the 2011-12 school year to the senior residence.

EG’s Marine One rescues kayaker

June 27, 2011

By David Pepin

The recent rescue of a kayaker from a Narragansett Bay buoy wasn’t quite all in a day’s work for the East Greenwich Fire District’s Marine 1 crew.
“It was two guys with binoculars, looking for a needle in a haystack,” Deputy Chief Russell McGillivray said of the June 9 rescue of a North Kingstown kayaker whose boat capsized during a vicious thunderstorm that ripped through the bay.

 

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