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Meadowbrook principal resigns

January 18, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Citing unspecified health reasons, Meadowbrook Farms School Principal Dr. Ronald J. Areglado announced his resignation Tuesday, effective immediately.

Areglado, who was principal at the school since spring 2010, informed the Meadowbrook community of his decision Tuesday and School Superintendent Victor Mercurio by e-mail that afternoon, Mercurio said at that night’s School Committee meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Serving a menu and venue niche

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Rolling Stones may not gather any moss, but at least one of them gathered at Besos Teahouse recently. That would be the high-powered Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones.

Watts, former Gov. Don Carcieri and other Rhode Island dignitaries have discovered what East Greenwich residents are quickly coming to relish – the unique new eatery whose name means “kisses,” while smacking of great food.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

TC approves school building project

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH - The town’s $52 million school bond, approved by voters in 2008, turned out to be a bargain.

The Town Council wrapped up much of the bond’s financial business last night by formally approving a final school building improvement project budget in the amount of $48,787,600, well below the bonding authority granted by resident.

Town Manager William Sequino Jr. estimated that the town saved $2.6 million in interest and bond issuance costs, with School Building Systems, supervisor of the school project, realizing a $613,000 surplus.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Clergy asking state to help poor

January 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Not all of the lobbying at the Statehouse is done by people in dark suits on the House and Senate floors, committee rooms and legislative lounges.

A group of the state's religious leaders, spanning faiths from Judeo-Christian to Eastern, some in colorful liturgical robes, gathered in the main rotunda last Wednesday to stage the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's fourth annual “Fighting Poverty with Faith” vigil.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two members of EGPD promoted

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Two veteran East Greenwich Police Department officers received promotions in rank during ceremonies at Monday night's Town Council meeting at Town Hall.

Lt. Stanley Cirella was promoted from sergeant, and Sgt. Robert Siple was promoted from patrolman as they were sworn in by Town Clerk Leigh A. Botello, saluted by Police Chief Thomas Coyle and had their new badges pinned on by family members.

For more on the story, check out the Jan. 12 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local leaders want state to do more with reform

January 5, 2012

The heavy lifting’s not over on Smith Hill.

While the state General Assembly took a major step toward easing the state's pension crisis with the reforms passed in November's special session, following up on those measures in the 2012 session will be crucial, state Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35) and state Rep. Robert Watson (R-Dist. 30) said last Friday, four days before the new session began.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An artsy day

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Only a caring teacher, in the guise of helping the only boy surrounded by five girls, can sound perfectly natural when saying, “Robert, I think you might want your horns a little bigger.”

That would be monster horns; made to resemble a beast from “Monster’s, Inc.” On Robert’s funky fleece hat, which he was making to adorn his mannequin head.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School officials, union strike deal

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — School officials and the union representing support staff have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with the help of mediation.

The three-year agreement, giving paraprofessionals two-percent annual raises in exchange for increased health care co-payments, will save the school district $51,742 over the life of the contract, Maryann Crawford, director of administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night.

The union’s contract expired last June, and a mediator was called in after the two sides reached an impasse, she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Drug report doesn't tell all

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Aside from one teen drinking party that produced 26 arrests, there's little change in the raw numbers compiled in the East Greenwich Drug Program's Mid-Year Report for the period of July 1 to Dec. 19, 2011.

However, Bob Houghtaling, town substance abuse prevention coordinator, admits he worries about a subject not reflected yet in the numbers: abuse of prescription medications.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Redistricting change only minimal for EG

January 5, 2012

A relative status quo in state Senate redistricting is fine by East Greenwich officials.

Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich) will take it, too, considering the alternatives he faced. Still, the first-term senator will have plenty of new voters to introduce himself to if he hopes to win re-election.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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