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Meadowbrook repairs to get surplus money?

January 9, 2011

With decisions on what to do with the school budget surplus and the Meadowbrook Farm Elementary School roof and floor situation looming, the School Committee and the district’s School Building Committee will be getting together for a joint meeting next week.
The work session, with school project funding recommendations on the agenda for discussion, will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Greenwich High School’s guidance suite.
While the School Committee has already requested permission from the Town Council to use one third of the estimated $6 million surplus from the $52 million school bond on roof replacement at the high school and Frenchtown Elementary School, the school boards will be discussing other priorities Tuesday.
A potential $4 million worth of work at Meadowbrook, involving both replacement of the roof and replacement of a deteriorating floor system. is the most expensive piece of the puzzle. The daunting cost of the work has had school officials considering retirement of the 40-year-old building, but enrollment and classroom space studies have quieted talk of closing the school.
Building Committee Chairman Jay Gowell said his board has had difficulty in finding a consensus on what to do about Meadowbrook, while School Committee Chairwoman Deidre Gifford is hoping to make a decision on the school sometime this month.
Gowell said the original cost of the Meadowbrook roof replacement, $1 million, has ballooned to the $3-4 million range.

Fire district, town merger moving ahead

January 6, 2011

Discussion of a possible consolidation of the East Greenwich Fire District with town government officially moved beyond talk and into the factfinding phase Tuesday night.
The district’s newly formed committee to discuss consolidation began its task with a meeting at Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street after the district’s Board of Fire Commissioners and Town Council voted over the past two months to study the possibility of bringing fire and emergency rescue services under the town’s umbrella.

The time to start giving is now

January 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The daffodil is the first flower of spring, letting us know that life re-emerges after very harsh treatment through the dead of winter.
Such evident symbolism has been the decades-old landmark of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days, which recruit volunteers now through March when these flowers spring to life.

Town ordinance against bullying runs into a snag: Free speech rights

January 3, 2011

Concerns about free speech in a proposed ordinance designed to resolve concerns about bullying, both of the in-person and online kind, prompted the Town Council to put the measure on hold Monday night.

School board seeks to spend surplus on roofs

January 1, 2011

The first fruits of the projected $6.2 million surplus on the 2008 school bond will be directed to a pair of roofs if the School Committee has its way.
The committee voted unanimously last week to request permission from the Town Council to appropriate $1,813,500 for roof replacement work at East Greenwich High School and $225,000 for roof repairs at Frenchtown Elementary School.

Words to live by: Moderation and Balance above all

December 31, 2010

This is the final column of the year 2010... well into the fifth year of writing this column. Time flies. But we know that. No sense in kicking that dead platitude. Life is full of these little sayings that we apply when the situation fits.
“There’s no fool like an old fool.”
“Youth is wasted on the young. ”
“Curiosity killed the cat.”
“Look before you leap.”
Here’s another one: “everything in moderation,” which means go just so far– and no further–and everything will be all right. Pass that line and terror awaits.

Gastric bypass talk at KC Hospital

December 29, 2010

It is a discerning listener who can stomach a bad band.
If you have been morbidly obese for years, are sick of it, frustrated with failed diets, or scared of invasive surgery, you might listen and discern when surgeons at Kent Hospital talk about a good band for your stomach.

Reporter partakes of pancakes, immersed in sweet tradition

December 28, 2010

Being a reporter for a local weekly newspaper requires immersion in the community’s events, celebrations and rituals.
In six months, I’ve racked up quite a few of them, from parades to dinners to Main Street Strolls. I’ve even stood on the processing line in Municipal Court after receiving a traffic ticket.
But before last Friday, I had yet to do breakfast at Jigger’s Diner.
I could cry lack of opportunity, since I’d only been here a few weeks when state officials closed it down this summer for falling well in arrears on state taxes. But while interviewing people for my story about the closing, they inevitably bounced a question back at me:
“Have you ever eaten breakfast at Jigger’s””
To that, I could only plead nolo. While I grew up just a few miles up Post Road to the north, I had never set foot in the diner. While I’ve enjoyed the few meals I’ve eaten in diners, I’m not really the go-out-for-breakfast type – mine usually consists of popping waffles in the toaster or microwaving pancakes (I generally don’t leave the house without having eaten breakfast, and mercifully, I keep quickie doughnut breakfasts to a bare minimum).
The only freshly made pancakes I’ve eaten the past several years have been at The Pancake Man in Yarmouth during Cape Cod vacations (if I don’t catch them during their summer vacation). They’re a very rare luxury item at my house, given my opting for convenience after waking up and my wife’s work schedule, which often sees me leaving before she arrives home (and I would not ask her to cook after work, anyway).
When the Town Council voted last Monday night to reinstate Jigger’s owner Iva Reynhout’s victualling license, allowing her to reopen after she had come to terms with the state Division of Taxation to resolve her debt, the questions came again.
In the end, I give Council Vice President Henry V. Boezi the credit for luring me into a visit. After the meeting, he made a pretty convincing argument for me to venture out from my North Providence home without filling my belly first.

EGHS student’s App posts at Apple Store

December 27, 2010

Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that “killer app,” the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didn’t wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but it’s certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.

Budget legwork begun

December 26, 2010

In a joint session alternately amendable and contentious, the Town Council and School Committee laid the groundwork for the fiscal 2012 budget season in a wide-ranging meeting Wednesday.
The sparring over plans for the projected $6 million surplus in the 2008 $52 million school bond began in interest, with council members questioning the committee's plans to use a portion of it to pay for roof repairs.

 

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