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Rhode Island Giving Trees don’t lie dormant in the winter

January 18, 2011

Trees lay dormant in winter. Giving Trees do not.
Though Christmas has come and gone, the employees of Arkwright Advanced Coatings, Inc. come to their cafeteria, pour their coffee, heat their soup and discuss how to improve what they want to give to local families in need.

School committee wants to spend surplus on Meadowbrook

January 17, 2011

The School Building Committee, by less than a clear consensus Tuesday night, recommended that the School Committee spend $4 million in school bond funding on comprehensive roof, floor and ventilation repairs at Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School.

East Greenwich’s Patricia Raskin lives by the rule of positivity

January 14, 2011

The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees the glass as half full.
Patricia Raskin, host of the “Patricia Raskin Positive Living” radio show on WPRO 630 AM, can’t sit still without filling that glass to the top, while bringing a tray of other filled glasses for guests.
Raskin, an East Greenwich resident, is launching a new radio show on AM 790 WPRV, called “Positive Business with Patricia Raskin,” which airs on Jan. 7. The West Hartford, Conn. native puts such a positive spin on things, it can get dizzying.

Schools, businesses closed by storm

January 12, 2011

All East Greenwich schools and town government offices closed, as did the second shift for Stanley-Bostitch. The Warwick Mall was also closed.

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.

 

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