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A 'Main' objective for Jim Langevin

April 7, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Inside the small, yet expanding Symposium Book store on Main Street on Tuesday, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) purchased a hard copy of the George R.R. Martin book, ‘Game of Thrones’ after looking carefully through the various items of literature with manager Sam Crowe.

The Democrat who represents the Second Congressional District hopes to give the book the same solid read as the one he gained through his mini tour of some businesses on Main Street on the bright, sunny afternoon.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Increase expected for FY budget

April 7, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Much ado to the debt service numbers within the Town, the budget for the upcoming fiscal year will see a slight increase.

East Greenwich Town Manager William Sequino told a small group of reporters inside his office at Town Hall Monday morning that the budget for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year will be $50,485,080, which is a 6.33-percent increase from the current budget ($47,478,275).

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Comm. to take a stand?

April 7, 2012

EAST GRENWICH — With a joint meeting with the Town Council beckoning Monday, the School Committee is contemplating a stand over the $400,000 it is being asked to cut from its fiscal 2013 budget proposal.

Committee members struggled to find ways Tuesday night to cut the $400,000 Town Manager William Sequino Jr. is asking it to from its $31,375,450 request to the town, lowering the figure to a 1.55 percent increase over the current budget. Overall, the proposed FY 2013 school budget is $33,756,000.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Odeum renovations still ongoing process

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The curtain at the Greenwich Odeum Theater is close to rising, but there is still a good amount of work that still needs to be taken care of.

At least that’s what Odeum President Frank Prosnitz told the Town Council during Monday’s meeting in giving an update as to how the renovations of the historic venue on Main Street are progressing with the end of March – the targeted timeframe for the theater’s grand re-opening – quickly approaches.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Community has taste for school technology

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Parents know every single day what it takes to raise their children with the right tools to better their skills.

Teachers in area schools understand that, as well, knowing that they need the proper books, writing utensils and computers at their disposal in order to properly educate the future contributors of society.

Back in October, teachers and parents of students from both Meadowbrook Farms and Hanaford Elementary Schools understood their concerns of having classrooms with outdated technology – old computers and laptops – or no technology at all.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Mixed-use development discussions still ongoing

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The fate of the latest proposal incarnation of a mixed-use Greenwich Boulevard development may hinge on a radius.

The Planning Board heard 3.5 hours of testimony last Wednesday from representatives of local developer Joseph N. Zenga, who is seeking a comprehensive permit to develop 40 townhouse units, including 10 to be designated as affordable housing, off Greenwich Boulevard and behind East Greenwich American Legion Post 15 down to the Amtrak rail line near Greenwich Cove.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Scouting still strong in EG

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — There’s a lot more to being a Girl Scout than selling cookies door to door.

And there’s a lot more going on for girls who think they’re too old for Scouting just because they’ve reached middle or high school age, says Kitty Opishinski, public relations coordinator for East Greenwich Girl Scouts.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Community forum helps parents deal with adolescence

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — A young person going through adolescence can be a challenge both personally and socially.

It can also be a challenge for parents of an adolescent, trying to guide their child through the various changes the development stage can bring in that brief period of time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A new barnum in charge at historic Varnum Armory

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Some museum curators and caretakers exhibit living history. Tony Amaral lives amidst history.

Amaral, 41, a Taunton, Mass. native and Adams State College grad, is a former self-employed painter who is the new business manager and caretaker of the Varnum Memorial Armory. He lives in the caretaker’s apartment within the building itself and often has to open his room to cater to guests renting the space for parties.

Amaral replaces longtime watchman Jim Wilson who took care of the venerable place for a quarter century.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Walking tall for breast cancer research

March 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Lauren Pietrantozzi is trying to raise $7,200 so four people can take a walk – a 39-mile walk.

Pietrantozzi, a popular server at Besos Tea House, will enter the Avon Foundation Walk for Breast Cancer on May 19-20 in Boston with three friends in an attempt to donate as much as they can. But before the sparkling young woman meets that date, she has another equally important one set for Sunday, March 25.

That is when Besos Tea House will hold an initial fundraiser for Team Pietrantozzi’s larger effort in Boston in late May.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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