March 19th, 2011
EXETER â€“ When Governor Lincoln Chafee rescinded the E-Verify program established by his predecessor, Don Carcieri, as one of his first official acts in office back in January, it was a controversial move that several senators throughout the state objected to.
Now, local Senators Francis T. Maher, Jr., (Dist. 34, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond and West Greenwich) and Sen. James Sheehan (Dist. 36, North Kingstown and Narragansett) have decided to do something about it.
WESTERLY â€“ Westerly Area Youth Lacrosse (WAYL) recently received two grants that will help the area's new non-profit lacrosse organization with funding and equipment for its upcoming 2011 Spring season.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”With state funding to schools decreasing, the South Kingstown town council and school committee worry about the future of the townâ€™s schools and education, hoping to not cut programs from the students at the school budget public work session Tuesday night.
Over the past few weeks, the school committee has been hammering out its budget, having to reduce the budget by $644,000 without cutting programs to the students. The total budget of the school department is $58.43 million.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ North Kingstown has a new Fire Department Chief. His name? Chief Fenwick Gardiner.
Gardiner, 52, became the department's 11th chief after his swearing-in ceremony Monday at the North Kingstown Town Council meeting. He replaces former Chief Patrick Campion who retired in December.
â€śWeâ€™re pleased and honored to accept this position tonight that Fenwick will be staying on with us and not retiring to somewhere sunny,â€ť Council President Liz Dolan said. â€śWeâ€™re grateful thatâ€™s heâ€™s willing to take the lead of this fine fire department.â€ť
CHARLESTOWN -- The National Wildlife Refuge System will be celebrating the 108th anniversary of its establishment this year.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ A few pets will be getting a new home soon as the South Kingstown Animal Shelter nears its completion of its new facility set to open in the late spring.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”As Japan reels from the tsunami disaster and its 11 local nuclear reactors steam and smoke, it has led experts of all kinds to debate the utility of atomic energy. Today, 30 percent of South Countyâ€™s power comes from a nuclear plant in Waterford, Conn., and Narragansettâ€™s own Nuclear Science Center research reactor on URIâ€™s Bay Campus is humming quietly, for now. One critic, former Rep. Ray Rickman, is sending a letter to Gov. Lincoln Chafee demanding answers about the cost, safety, and future of the local nuclear facility.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Do you take pride in your town? Are you looking to show off your spirit? Youâ€™re not alone.
The 11th annual Spirit Day will be celebrated at North Kingstown High School this Saturday, Mar. 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
â€śThis is about good feelings, good friends and community interest,â€ť said Spirit Day committee member Harriet Powell. According to Powell, the committee has been planning this day since November.
Jaryn LaPlante tutors students who need extra help after school.
Alexis Ruest found $50 in the supply closet at her school and turned it in.
Kristina Andrea helps out the exchange student that her school hosts.
By DAVID PEPIN
In the days following the collapse of the World Trade Center, East Greenwich Fire District personnel wanted to join the rescue, cleanup and recovery effort at Ground Zero.
They never made it to New York City, but Ground Zero has recently come to them.