February 23rd, 2011
NARRAGANSETTâBeginning their roughly six-month General Assembly session, Rhode Island's citizen legislature is now in a whirl of political activity.
Committee assignments are complete and politicians are hoping to accomplish stated goals before the political climate warms to an election year fever. With demonstrations supporting (and opposing) allowing gays and lesbians to marry, we at the Narragansett Times asked what state senators and representatives thought about this controversial issue as well what updates they could give the public on bills they were working to move through committees.
CHARLESTOWN â Over the past year and a half or so, wind energy has dominated a majority of discussions held during town meetings, from workshops to public hearings.
It was a sad week in North Kingstown this past week as a pair of local icons passed away.
Dr. Mirella "Muriel" Emley Camarra, an outspoken public watchdog and advocate for the common man, died Monday at her home at Narrow Lane and, in a story no other local newspaper in Rhode Island has, this week's Standard Times pays tribute to Muriel as friends and families remember her in great detail.
WAKEFIELD â Yoi. Rei. Hajime. Ready. Bow with respect and begin. It was like learning a new language in addition to learning a new choreographed dance in a whole new world. Except, it wasnât a foreign language. It was commands used in karate. It wasnât the waltz or the salsa. It was karate moves and fighting stances and it wasnât a whole new world. It was Ichiban Karate Studio in Wakefield.
A new program at North Kingstown High School is offering special education students a way to gain valuable work experience and important life lessons.
The program, which began in October, aims to give students an opportunity to get out of the classroom and into a real working environment with the accompanying responsibilities and prospects focused on that task. Students are required to report to work daily in the high school cafeteria alongside adult employees, often to participate in monthly luncheons for the high school staff.
The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didnât seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ainât going to happen.
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WESTERLY â Designed plays look nice on dry-erase boards, but itâs the top-level players who make the decision and are usually the reason a play works, fails or is changed in favor of something completely different.
Monday night, in the latest installment of the best Division II boys basketball rivalry, West Warwickâs Max Motroni knew with his team trailing by a point with 16 seconds left in the game that coach Richard Grenier wanted him to drive to the hoop. Motroni saw the lane was closed and proceeded to bury a 25-foot 3-pointer.
PROVIDENCE â The West Warwick gymnastics team produced the best team scores in Division II on the vault and the floor exercise at Sundayâs RIIL State Gymnastics Championships at the Murray Center.
The Wizards also only finished .1 of a point behind undefeated Exeter-West Greenwich leaving the uneven bars between the Wizards and a Division II title.
The Knights, ended up winning the uneven bars by 3.65 points to catapult past the Wizards with a team score of 128.025 to the Wizards 124.675 to claim the D-II title. The Wizardsâ score was their season best.
The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The museum's goal has been to focus on the intersection between art and science, two forces whose modern disciplines unleash curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication toward new thinking.
The School Committee offered the public its first look Tuesday night at a fiscal 2012 budget proposal that calls for a 3.86 percent increase over the current yearâs budget.
Superintendent Victor Mercurio proposed a $33,038,352 budget, an increase of $1,227,275 from the 2010-11 figure, after receiving budget requests from school administrators and department heads in workshop sessions over the past two weeks.