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March 13th, 2011

North Kingstown resident finds success on robotics team

March 14, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Who said girls can’t do what boys do?
Whoever it was clearly never met North Kingstown resident Megan Nadeau, a seventh-grade student from St. Mary's Bay View Academy that recently helped her St. Mary Academy Robotics Team capture first place in the First Lego League (FLL) Rhode Island Robotics Championship 2011, held in January at Roger Williams University.

Lincoln, Civil War takes the RI stage

March 13, 2011

BY JAMES MEROLLA

Mary Todd Lincoln came to Cranston last week. So did Lincoln’s Vice President Hannibal Hamlin.
They were accompanied by three other members of the Attleboro GOP in authentic 1860s array to discuss Abraham Lincoln in the marvelous confines of the impressive Governor Sprague Mansion.
The decorated visit put the ‘civil’ in Civil War.

Good food for good prices at Small Axe Cafe

March 13, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – Looking for tasty, reasonably priced meals in a quiet, mellow location? Head to the Small Axe Cafe.

Optimism wanes between teachers and school board

March 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN--Feelings of positivity and optimism in the relations between teachers and the school committee waned Tuesday night as teachers from across the district expressed their disappointment in the school committee’s decision to send 144 teachers non-renewal letters.
There was much tension between the school committee and superintendent and the teachers as many teachers attended the committee meeting to express their concerns, causing the meeting to be held in the high school auditorium instead of the library to accommodate the crowd.
“We know the economic times are tough and we know the state aid is limited and we understand the need for flexibility, but laying off 144 teachers is excessive,” Martha Spiewak, a math teacher at South Kingstown High School said. “It is counterproductive to be so callous of the employees.”

March 12th

Future of rail service in RI explored

March 13, 2011

PEACEDALE—The Friends of Kingstown Station held their annual meeting at the Peacedale Library on Monday night, giving an update on the possibility of rail service coming to Wickford Junction.
Speaker Steve Devine, Chief of Intermodal Planning of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), presented a program update called “Beyond Wickford Junction,” which focused on the progress of a train station coming to Wickford.
“We're not building any more highways,” Devine said. “As the congestion worsens in the state, our big macro-goal is to find other ways of transportation.”

March 11th

Local schools not sure how to react to funding formula

March 12, 2011

Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Geismar has an expression he likes to refer to that prevents him from overreacting to bad news.
“I always say to myself, don’t cry before you’re hurt,” Geismar said in a phone interview yesterday afternoon.

Residents, officials speak out

March 11, 2011

PEACE DALE--Residents of Schaeffer Street where a child killer was found living amongst them 29 years ago after murdering a five year old do not want him back.

In 1975, Michael Woodmansee brutally killed his 5-year-old neighbor, Jason Foreman. The boy was mysteriously missing for seven years until 1982, when Woodmansee was caught after attempting to strangle a second boy on his paper delivery route. Now, Woodmansee is scheduled to be released in August after serving just 28 years of a 50-year prison sentence for murder. He was initially to serve just 40 years of the sentence, but shaved off an additional 12 years for good behavior.
Woodmansee grew up in the quiet friendly neighborhood on Schaeffer Street, where children from around the block, including Harrison Street, Austin Street and Uncle Sam’s Lane all played together until the streetlights came on. It was a simpler time in 1975 when parents could let their kids out to play, believing they were safe in a neighborhood where everyone knew one another. Woodmansee’s horrific act shattered that peace of the small town community.

Charlestown Land Trust holding bonfire

March 11, 2011

The Charlestown Land Trust is holding a bonfire and celebration of open spaces this Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Providence Poverty Institute hosts ‘Budget Rhode Map’

March 11, 2011

CRANSTON—Providence’s Poverty Institute hosted “Budget Rhode Map,” a discussion and lecture event sponsored by local non-profits to discuss the condition of the state and nation’s budget challenges. The conference was attended by various state representatives including Sen. Spencer Dickinson and representatives Teresa Tanzi and Donna Walsh.
The first speaker, Jon Shure, Deputy Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Project presented a discussion titled “The State of State Budgets” and said that “in a perfect world” state leaders would raise the income tax in a time of recession, not the sales tax. The proposed increase in the sales tax would adversely affect the poor who spend more of their income on items that would be taxed. But Shure said that he would still support it if it was the only way to raise revenue.

According to Governor Chafee, the plan would raise $89 million in new revenue that state-funded programs need in order to serve Rhode Islanders. Shure also described how, contrary to popular opinion, states that raised taxes in a recession performed economically better because they made necessary investments.

Woodmansee faces possible early release

March 11, 2011

PEACE DALE--In 1982, South Kingstown thought it freed itself of the cannibalistic murderer who was sentenced to jail for killing 5-year-old Jason Foreman in 1975, but Michael Woodmansee would not remain behind bars forever.

 

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