May 2nd, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWNâBonnie Smith stands inside the small, cramped space of the North Kingstown Food Pantry with a determined look on her face.
As signs of spring blossoms throughout the neighborhood around her, Smith works as quickly as possible in a dark office building so the pantry can provide local families with food and paper supplies.
Smith says demand for service is greater than ever.
âI canât give you an accurate percentage but I would say itâs probably at least 80-90 percent higher than it was a year ago at this point,â Smith says.
By DAVID PEPIN
Amendments to the town Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan to assist New England Institute of Technology received unanimous second reading approval from the Town Council Monday night after college representatives updated town officials on their plans for the growing campus on the former Rocky Hill Fairgrounds site.
CHARLESTOWN â In an effort to provide another community-based activity and provide produce to area food pantries, Richmond resident Christopher Hacunda is installing a vegetable garden inside Ninigret Park.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The Coastal Resources Management Council is allowing Matunuck Beach Road property owners to install temporary wooden bulk heads to prevent further erosion of their properties if the town council approves.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â At Rhonda Barnerâs new shop, Mr. Willoughbyâs Country Store, the economic trend is neither bullish nor bearish. It is bunnyish.
And if your idea of a country store is spinning wheels, butter churns and jars of homemade jelly, think again. Things are really hopping in this updated idea of rustic chic.
Opening earlier this month, Mr. Willoughbyâs, a tiny boutique located on the side of a large storefront, features an inventory of country-style decorative pieces such as stuffed rabbits, sheep and cows as well as wreaths and candles.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â Graduation might still be two months away for the Chariho Regional High School's class of 2011, but parents in the community are working to make sure a safe post-graduation event remains in effect for outgoing students.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â While the South Kingstown schools stands to lose funding in state aid, the school committee has taken action by approving a resolution that proposes changes in the state education funding formula.
South Kingstown will lose 5 percent in state aid. According to the update on the Governorâs recommended budget on March 9, South Kingstown will receive $8.4 million in 2012, which is 14.18 percent of the budget. South Kingstown is losing $371,606 in funding.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â A shabby little green-trimmed house that historians trace to the founding family of North Kingstown is being moved from a waterfront site on Cold Spring Lane to Smithfield where it will be restored and occupied.
It will join two large colonial homes in a Limerock-area compound owned by a pair of devoted preservationists.
Identified as the Updike-Lawton House by an official at the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, the early Cape Cod-style cottage was built by descendents of Lodowick Updike.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â The public is invited to attend Rachel's Challenge, a national, award-winning program presentation that inspires, equips and empowers every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
JAMESTOWN â When Judith Bell retired after 24 years as director of the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the ad for her replacement might just as well have read, Wanted: Legend in Training.
The woman who stepped forward to fill her shoes â and was chosen unanimously by the hiring committee and the library board â has had lots of small-town experience but is poised to guide the Jamestown facility into the modern electronic era of e-reading.