June 17th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ In April, in Overland Park, Kansas, the town where Doug Roth grew up, the city council named a basketball court in his honor.
At the age of eight, he started organizing basketball and baseball leagues for neighborhood kids whose parents couldnâ€™t afford the fees of the mainstream youth leagues.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Olivia and Ana DiPrete have navigated through much of their high school education side by side, encouraging each other to excel in both academics and sport. At Narragansett High Schoolâ€™s senior graduation last night their dedication was sufficiently rewarded.
â€śOur high school experience has been really unique and exciting,â€ť said Ana DiPrete.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ She conquered academia at South Kingstown High School. She succeeded as the top tennis player. She even overcame the lengthy bike ride from her home to come do this interview. Now, Victoria Gu, the valedictorian of the class of 2011 at South Kingstown will set her sights on Cambridge, Mass. and Harvard University.
SHANNOCK â€“ Looking to enjoy some good, down-country BBQ but don't feel like crossing the Mason Dixon to do so? Well, you're in luck, because Kit Kat's Smoked BBQ has got you covered and all it takes is a trip to Shannock Village.
Photo By Brie Wetherell
The blessing of the new carousel at Adventureland in Narragansett took place last week. Pictured above are Nicole Cabral, Rev. Casey Shobe, his daughter, Isabelle, Aidan Burdick, Melissa Burdick, Wyatt Burdick in the arms of his dad Josh Burdick and Tamyko Samuels. For hours and more information visit www.adventurelandri.com or call 789-0030.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Oftentimes when a personâ€™s life has presented many challenges and obstacles along the way, there may be no greater achievement than to be recognized for oneâ€™s work when evening begins to fall. Maury Klein, a professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island and author of 16 books, will garnish such acknowledgment as a 2011 inductee to the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Rachel Dâ€™Ambrosio grew up on the water, water skiing, knee boarding and swimming. During those summer days, Dâ€™Ambrosio applied a 30 SPF sunscreen because she was fair skinned. She was always told that the sun could cause skin cancer because of harmful ultraviolet rays, but she never really understood what that meant until she turned 11.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The new La Strada CafĂ© and Pizzeria in Matunuck will now be able to sell liquor until 10:30 p.m. after the town council approved expanding the number of limited liquor licenses in the town at Mondayâ€™s meeting. Philâ€™s Restaurant on Main Street also received approval for an expansion of its current liquor license to include second floor dining.
HOPE VALLEY -- On June 21, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association will hold a members-only solstice paddle from 6 to 8 p.m.
Graduation is one of the most special and important days in the life of a high school student and, this week, the Standard Times has all your graduation needs covered as we bring you the most in-depth coverage of the events for both North Kingstown and Exeter-West Greenwich High School as you'll find anywhere.
In addition to stories on both ceremonies, we've got tons of photos of locals on their big day and a full list of all the graduates from both of our local towns.