August 18th, 2011
CHARLESTOWN â For 336 years, they have come together to celebrate life, to honor their heritage and to join as one community and one family. This past weekend, the Narragansett Indian Tribe came together as one once more during its annual powwow at Old Mill Road in Charlestown.
Despite the rainy Sunday, the tribe continued their two day celebration at the Narragansett Indian grounds by the Narragansett Indian Church, where they celebrated their annual powwow, one of the longest running recorded powwows in the country according to Chief John Thomas.
All it takes it one look at any national news network to see that the US economy still hasn't recovered fully from the effects of the current recession but, locally, one business is finding a way to thrive despite the obstacles it faces.
North Kingstown's Tarbox Toyota officially celebrated the groundbreaking of its expansion project and, when completed, the dealership will be one of the largest in the area.
Read all about it in this week's Standard Times.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - After months of contentious school negotiations, the South Kingstown School Committee and NEA-South Kingstown have agreed to and ratified the collective bargaining agreement, settling a new three year contract for 2011 to 2014.
The NEA-SK union membership ratified the agreement last Thursday, Aug. 11 and the school committee followed, approving the agreement in a 6 to 0 vote at Tuesday nightâs school committee meeting. The new contract begins Sept. 1.
The agreement comes just before the Aug. 31 deadline, when the last contract was to expire.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Students in South Kingstown are currently on par in reading and math with students in other districts according to cohort data released at the school committee's annual retreat Wednesday afternoon at the Peace Dale Elementary library.
RICHMOND - It is almost that time of year again.
The Washington County Fair will be celebrating itâs 45th year this summer, and the fun starts next week. The famous gathering of people, music, arts, games, rides, animals and food is set to kick of at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Route 112 on August 17, and the celebration will last until the 21.
âAn Evening with Authorsâ may be growing larger and be leaving East Greenwich for this yearâs event, but the townâs large book club community will still be a major presence at the Sept. 21 book party, which will again bring popular authors to Rhode Island.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Last Monday, Aug. 1, a South Kingstown woman passed away after calling the police for assistance. After his wife lied unconscious in the living room, Allen Sampson stepped outside and saw South Kingstown Emergency Services waiting outside at the wrong house.
On Monday night at 1:01, Juanita Morales called South Kingstown Police to come to her home, located at 363 Curtis Corner Road, Apt. B8, because she was having an asthma attack and could not breathe. Morales lived in Champagne Heights, the South Kingstown Housing Authority complex.
HOPE VALLEY - It all started with one bird.
When Marc Johnson needed a companion to keep him company in his lonely pottery studio in Cambridge, Mass., in the late â80s, he sought a friend.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Ten years ago when two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, Joe Patrick volunteered to help the victims and first responders. Patrick stood in line for two days with steel workers, working 12 hour shifts, carrying debris from Ground Zero. He volunteered for a restaurant to bring lunch and dinner to the first responders and he attended the funerals of first responders to show their families that someone knew. Yet, Patrick did not think he did enough. Now as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, Patrick will walk to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to Shankesville, Pennsylvania, to Ground Zero in New York to honor the befallen victims of Sept. 11, 2001.
EAST MATUNUCK â When Drew Wheelan opened up the BirdSong Gallery on Succotash Road near East Matunuck State Beach it was a little bit serendipitous and a little bit of poor timing.