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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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stopping bullying through speeches

December 29, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Cole Middle School students will have a case to make about bullying in schools when members of its Co-Leaders program visit Eldredge Elementary School next month.

Last week, Phil Goldman came to Cole to help those students present it.
Goldman, producer and host of Livebait, a monthly performance in Providence where people share their stories in six minutes or less, met the students to help polish their presentations and speaking skills.

“I try to shape their speeches, with a good beginning, and help them with concluding it,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Award-winning photographer Ray Clayton dies at 69

December 29, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ray Clayton, 69, an icon in the world of local news photography who mentored and inspired a generation of youngsters in the newspaper business, has died.

Clayton, who retired in 2008 after 32 years with Southern Rhode Island Newspapers – only to return almost immediately as a regular freelance contributor — lost a brief battle with lung cancer just after midnight on Christmas Day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Changes to Program of Studies?

December 24, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — East Greenwich High School Principal Michael Podraza brought forth to the School Committee at Tuesday’s meeting at Cole Middle School an overview of significant changes to the school’s Program of Studies that affects a number of curriculums.

The changes are a reaction, Podraza said, of policies that are being done in terms of highschool reform, from initial guidance by the state in setting “multiple pathways” where students can receive credit.

For more on the story, check out the Dec. 22 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EGFD unveils ethics code

December 24, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — It’s not about discipline. It’s about common sense and representing the East Greenwich Fire District.

That was the message Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Douglas Axelsen and Deputy Chief Russell McGillivray hope to send with the district’s new Code of Ethics, composed by McGillivray as part of the district’s Standard Operating Guide that governs firefighters’ behavior. The new code was adopted unanimously by the board last Thursday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee approves plans that will alter EG

December 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Senators and Representatives of District 35, which encompasses most of East Greenwich, may face a whole new set of voters in several other towns, now that the state’s redistricting commission has endorsed three plans that will radically alter voting districts throughout the state.

In Room 313 at the State House Monday evening, the 17 members of the Special Committee on Reapportionment voted 11-6 to approve the new statewide district map under Congress Plan F; and 17-0 to approve the new districts proposed under Senate Plan E as amended and House Plan D, as amended.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NE Tech master plan gets go-ahead

December 17, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Athletic fields come before dormitories. New England Institute of Technology officials told the Planning Board last Wednesday.

In receiving unanimous master plan approval for the former Rocky Hill Fairgrounds’ anticipated development over the next five years, NEIT also presented its anticipated 20-year plan for development well in back of its property, beyond three planned academic buildings, three residences and one building that could serve either purpose.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Odeum to reopen in March

December 17, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Happy news can't wait.

Because he needed the Town Council's permission to extend the Greenwich Odeum's property tax abatement past its original deadline that night, Odeum Corp. Chairman Frank Prosnitz announced Monday night his board had received the $141,900 grant it requested from the Champlin Foundations for restoration of the historic Main Street theater.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Seven decades later, memory of attacks still strong

December 17, 2011

PROVIDENCE - The words may have come slower last Wednesday, but you could still see the emotion in their faces and their memories of a day of action.

For Navy veterans Raymond J. Haerry and Gilbert J. Hawkins, along with four of their comrades, it was a day to remember not just the infamy, but the heroism, the scrambling to save their own lives and those of others as Japanese planes attacked their base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii 60 years ago.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Life's Sweet Song

December 17, 2011

EAST GREENWICH – Phoebe McBride Madden, a Cowesett resident who trained with Broadway's top coaches and enjoyed a long career performing in national tours and at such renowned locations at Sardi's in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., has just released her second CD.

Titled “Phoebe In Love,” it follows her popular earlier work, “Phoebe Sings Broadway,” issued in Spring 2008. While the earlier CD “represented a lot of shows I'd been in,” Madden says the new collection “shows even more growth.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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