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Cyber bullying addressed by TalkWorks program

December 17, 2010

It’s tough to find a more simple explanation of the appeal of cyberbullying than one Christine Caron received last Tuesday from a fourth-grader at Eldredge Elementary School.
Her question to the class about why students engage in online and cellphone bullying, insults and namecalling brought this response:
“Because I don’t have to look them in the face.”

Pondering winters: It seems the cold has finally set in

December 17, 2010

Winters in East Greenwich. It seems we had more snow in the 40s when I was coming of age here. There was usually enough snow to build a snowman. The children of my neighborhood would slide down the hill into what we knew then as MacGiveney’s Hollow from Bridge Street. At the other end of town, I’ve been told that they blocked off some of the bigger hills like King or Queen street and let the youngsters sled there.
It seems to me that every boy then wore a mackinaw, a longish jacket resembling a Navy peacoat but in some version of dark plaid. Our macs had shiny sleeves from our rubbing our runny noses on them. We had caps, mostly tokes or billed hats with earflaps. We knew not the cold until we had turned blue and just couldn’t take it any longer.

Jigger’s Diner set to reopen

December 16, 2010

Iva Reynhaut is pretty excited to be cooking downtown once again.
The owner and cook at Jigger’s Diner, 145 Main St., couldn’t wait to share the news after the Town Council voted Monday night to put her back in business.
Reynhaut will be back behind the counter and grill at the historic, award-winning eatery after the council unanimously approved her request for the victualling license she lost when the state Division of Taxation shut her business down on Aug. 17 for nonpayment of state taxes.

Holiday season a hard time for people who have lost a loved one

December 15, 2010

You have lost a loved one. You grieve. The holidays approach. You don’t want them to come. You yearn for presence, not presents.
“ ‘I wish I could just go to sleep on the day before Thanksgiving and wake up on January 2nd!’ This is a sentiment that bereavement counselors all across the country hear a lot during the fall and early winter months,” said Morgan Ban-Draoi, grief counselor at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

Mike Noble convinced he will beat the odds in Pancreatic cancer fight

December 13, 2010

Over the past few years, the media has been full of stories of breast cancer and prostate cancer patients who have beaten their diseases and gone on to continue living healthy and productive lives.
Michael Noble is hoping to see a series of similar stories about people who have beaten pancreatic cancer.
He’s hoping to be one, too.

Stone Ridge Luminaria

December 10, 2010

The laws of mathematics go up the chimney in Stone Ridge during the Annual Candlelight Tour. It is only then, in the magical spirit of Christmas, that 2,600 actually equal 1,100.
“Last year, we raised $1,100 for the East Greenwich Department of Human Services Holiday Food Basket Program by the added donations from Stone Ridge residents on top of the purchase amount of the (lantern) kits,” said resident Donna Fleming. “Our neighborhood was lighted by more than 2,600 paper lanterns placed along the curbs and walkways and the wonderful holiday lighting displays of the homes. It was a beautiful sight!”

Church helps send Christmas to FOB Naray

December 9, 2010

By JONATHAN GIBBS

When one summons a sensory image of what Christmas is supposed to look, smell and sound like, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Naray in Kunar Province may be among the last to come to mind. Hard by the Pakistan border, it is muscled with angular mountains that seem to rise straight up out of the earth as if some malevolent force was trying to punch through the ground.

A chance to help Save the Bay seal the deal

December 7, 2010

NEWPORT, R.I. – Children and adults get so excited about seeing large amounts of big seals in Narragansett Bay that they, well, blubber.
“What we hear most is that people feel very privileged simply to be out on the Bay – even if the weather is not perfect. Aside from that, we notice that small children are totally captivated by the experience,” said John Martin, Director of Public Relations for Save The Bay. “They can’t wait to board Alletta Morris, and boredom is never a problem. It’s that way from the youngest kids to the oldest adults.
“We also meet people from all around the world.” he added. “They flock to Newport, but most do not feel as though they have enjoyed the whole experience without being out on the Bay. The seals help make that connection and people are extremely curious about why they come, what they eat and how long they stay.”

Council and Fire District to merge?

December 3, 2010

 

The 800-pound “political football” in the firehouse is about to get much more attention.

By a 3-0 vote with two abstentions, the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners Thursday night asked the newly elected Town Council to conduct a study of whether the historically independent fire district, which collects its own taxes to fund its operations, should be merged into town government.

Kiosks point the way

December 2, 2010

 

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