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July 5th, 2011

Carmudgeon's Corner: Thornton’s desire to leave NK was inevitable

July 6, 2011

Well, it’s finally happened. By the time you read this we’ll know whether Dr. Phil Thornton is going to stick around as the superintendent of North Kingstown schools.
He came into the job as the unanimous choice of the school committee with members like Melvoid Benson and the late Doug Roth singing his praises. Dr. Thornton has made it plain that if he goes out it will be largely due to the rancorous relationship with “some members” of the committee.

Parental group to address blemished dugouts at EGHS atheletic fields

July 5, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

While the athletic fields at East Greenwich High School have received a major facelift the bad two years, the dugouts on the baseball diamonds have remained lingering blemishes.
John Mahoney and the Diamond Baseball Club, a group of baseball team parents and boosters, are hoping to change that.
Mahoney briefed the School Committee Tuesday night on his group’s plans to improve the dugouts, lengthening them and building cinderblock structures and roofs. The current dugouts offer a fence, a bench and little else, or as Mahoney put it, “a metal cage.”
“It’s a great facility, but these dugouts don’t fit the bill right now,” he said.
Without taking a formal vote, the committee gave its blessing to the plan. Chairwoman Deidre Gifford referred Mahoney to the Fields Committee, which Superintendent Victor Mercurio plans to convene next month to review plans for the dugout construction with an eye toward School Committee approval at its Aug. 16 meeting.
Mahoney said if the go-ahead is given then and details such as a construction plan and liability insurance are finalized, he and a group of parents can have the varsity field dugouts built by the beginning of November. He said they have raised $2,500 already, with each dugout’s cost estimated between $4-5,000.
Gifford said use of the town impact fee fund, which is covering the cost of the new concession stand being built at the football field, is also a possibility.
The new dugouts are necessary for safety reasons, he said – from disturbances both climatological and parental.
“There’s no privacy in these dugouts for the coach to talk to a player. The first game we were able to use the varsity field last year, we had a situation where a parent got into it with a coach and the police had to be called,” said Mahoney.
Another reason covered dugouts are needed, he said, is the baseball fields’ location, about a quarter-mile from the school building.

July 4th

After 22 years, local preschool closes its doors

July 5, 2011

By KENDRA LEIGH MILLER
Special to the Times

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It’s been just over two decades since Joanne Sbrega first opened The Little Miracle Early Leaning preschool but after years of teaching and seeing more than 800 children come through the doors, her journey has officially ended.
The last field day and graduation at the pre-school, located at 860 Quidnessett Drive in North Kingstown, took place Friday morning with plenty of ice cream, huge blow-up bouncy toys and shared, fond memories.

July 3rd

Pennoyer’s allegiance to the flag is unwavering

July 4, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – If you enjoy seeing the 40-plus American flags flying in Wickford during this year’s Fourth of July celebration, you can thank Bill Pennoyer who started the tradition in 2004, aided by Updike’s Newtown Cub Scout Pack 1.
Bill, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is 68 and is passionate about Old Glory.

Police officers take on baseball challenge

July 3, 2011

HOPE VALLEY - Officers from the Richmond Police Department challenged several legendary sports figures on Sunday at Dow Field in Hope Valley.
The Bill Lee & Celebrities All-Star Softball team came to town to share the diamond that day, bringing with it such well-known stars as David Bavaro, Steve King, Patrick Pass and Jim Bowman of the Patriots; Jim Corsi and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd of the Boston Red Sox; Bobby Miller of the Boston Bruins; and Jim Rourke of the Cincinnati Bengals.

July 2nd

NK Town Beach is really jumping

July 3, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGTSTOWN – People attending the town’s fireworks display on July 4 at the town beach will be facing a number of challenges.
The band pavilion is under construction, the old meal site is being demolished and both the Beechwood House and the 17th Century Lodewick Updike House, sitting on the lot next door, are ready to roll to their new locations.

Frosty Drew shines a light on dark skies

July 2, 2011

CHARLESTOWN — Along with the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, alluring beaches, and thick forests, one of the best and most breathtaking pieces of Charlestown resides right above our heads.
The town’s gorgeous dark skies have become more than a reason to stop by the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory. According to Observatory Director Francine Jackson, the skies have actually drawn people to visit and even reside in Charlestown.

July 1st

Will Thornton stay or go? SC awaits decision

July 2, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Tuesday night, the North Kingstown School Committee held a special business meeting in which it elected member Kim Page as chairperson and Richard Welch as vice chairperson of the committee but the most newsworthy item of the night for the school district wasn’t what was happening in NK, it was what was happening 35 miles away.
By a 6-1 margin, the Cumberland School Committee voted to select NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton for its vacant Superintendent position.

SK Council calls on General Assembly to address pension reform

July 1, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With the school committee deciding on how to reconfigure the school district and the state facing unfunded pension liabilities, the council agreed to contact local representatives and the school department to voice their concerns.

Music at Lily Pads offers top notch venue, acoustics and perfomers

July 1, 2011

WAKEFIELD – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County presented its most recent Music at Lily Pads event on Saturday night, June 25. Singer and songwriter Vance Gilbert was the headlining act, and while he played his signature bluesy sounding folk songs, he entertained the crowd just as well with his stories, jokes and conversation.

 

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