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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

Rep. Watson pleads 'no contest' for marijuana possession

March 1, 2012

WAKEFIELD — State Rep. Robert A. Watson of East Greenwich pleaded no contest this afternoon to a charge of possession of marijuana in connection with his Jan. 21 arrest by South Kingstown police.

Fourth District Court Associate Justice Mary E. McCaffrey ordered the case filed for one year, and Watson to pay $200 to the state's crime victims assistance fund in addition to court costs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Message regarding our email...

February 29, 2012

The East Greenwich Pendulum is currently going through a little transition with our new email account, pendulum@ricentral.com, still working out the kinks with it.

In the meantime, any press releases or letters to the editor that would be of the attention of The Pendulum, please send them to either jbessette@ricentral.com or to eastgreenwichpendulum@gmail.com.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council back at square one

February 29, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The quest to remedy a state Supreme Court decision which left the town in an affordable housing quandary has struck a roadblock, the Town Council learned Monday night.

Town Manager William Sequino said efforts to have the R.I. League of Cities and Towns lobby the General Assembly for legislation that would allow the town to charge residential developers a fee in lieu of building affordable housing units on their properties in this year's session have failed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Proposed site suitable for station?

February 29, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Back on Feb. 18 in front of a crowd of current and former firefighters, as well as citizens, East Greenwich Fire Chief Peter Henrikson made a presentation for a proposed new Station 1 at New England Institute of Technology that took just under two hours.

The process for the East Greenwich Fire District to make that possible dream into a reality, however, is going to take much more time than what was presented at the big campus on Division Rd. a couple weeks ago.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School officials now hope for best

February 29, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — School officials are hoping for the best in their fiscal 2013 budget proposal, but prepared to face the 1 percent.

They’re not worried about anti-Wall Street protesters, however the possibility that they may be asked to cut drastically from the proposed $34,044,968 budget officials aired at a public hearing Tuesday night at Cole Middle School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Zoning Board OK's parking plans for two businesses

February 29, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — A pair of businesses along South County Trail that received approval from the Planning Board earlier this month were granted similar endorsements from the Zoning Board on Tuesday night at Town Hall.

Tucson Property Management LLC, owner of property at 1598 South County Trail, and 1672 South County Trail LLC, at 1672 South County Trail were both given permission by the board to improve their respective parking situations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Police presence could ease tensions at EGHS

February 29, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — With a series of recent incidents at East Greenwich High School and several arrests, town and school officials are hoping the return of a police presence can help ease a potential crisis.

Although the regular resource officer’s position at the school has become a victim of budget cuts, Police Chief Thomas Coyle is hoping the return of one, albeit on a limited basis, will head off further troubles at the school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rocky Hill School’s big E-recycling day was no waste

February 29, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Sometimes, Rocky Hill School is on various TVs or web-streamed onto computers. On Saturday, various TVs and computers were on Rocky Hill School.

Tons of televisions – literally – copiers, old computers, scanners, fridges and anything electronic and out of use were left by hundreds of area residents, part of the first-ever, and an extremely successful, E-Waste Recycling Day fundraiser held in the school’s rear parking lot off Chinook Road.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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