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Experience the key in appointment of EG’s new deputy fire chief

February 24, 2011

Experience was a key element for the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners in choosing Russell McGillivray as their new deputy chief.

School budget season opens at $33 million

February 21, 2011

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 year’s 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.

The week that was

February 21, 2011

Last week was quite a news week. To skim three stories off the top for examination, we had the ridiculous, the sublime and the elucidating. There are some periods in human history in which world events can shine a light on the human condition through our behaviors. They allow us to examine our strength of spirit, our quest to know ourselves better and our tendency toward incredible pettiness.

Fire leaves man with double loss: home, dog

February 18, 2011

The heavily damaged home at 174 Ayrault Road stands as a monument to loss.
On the evening of Feb. 8 at about 8:30, its owner, Donald M. Lynch, 71, returned home from dinner to find heavy smoke coming from within his house.

EG’s students test among best in NECAP tests

February 17, 2011

While East Greenwich schools could not boast increases across the board, the October 2010 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test scores continue to rank local students among the state’s best.
In proficiency test results in reading, math and writing for students in Grades 3 through 8 and 11, released last week by the state Department of Education, East Greenwich consistently performed well above the state average, even when scores dropped from last year’s figures.
“There’s some encouraging progress, but there are still things we need to work on,” said school Superintendent Victor Mercurio.

Council sees debt service as challenge for the coming year

February 14, 2011

The Town Council looked around for challenges last week, but didn’t have to turn its head far to find a big one: $70.65 million in debt service.
With debt service on the $52 million school bond approved by local voters added to the recently built police station, Swift Community Center renovation and road work approved on last November’s ballot, dealing with the load topped the list of goals Town Manager William Sequino Jr. prepared for the council.
Sequino suggested a fiscal sustainability study, to be conducted by the R.I. Public Expenditure Council or a similar agency, could offer the town some guidance on the fiscal challenges ahead.

Clouds Hill a great place to relive Victorian times

February 11, 2011

BY JAMES MEROLLA

COWESETT. – Where else in Rhode Island can a child hold Roger Williams’ actual shoe buckle? Or a sword used by a French Huguenot that dates back to 1414?
Or see colossal 1850s vases that were gifts to the same family from the King of Siam – the same king who wanted to open his country to the West, made famous by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I?” Or see the original house and yacht china (yes, yacht china) still stacked in the pantry?
And get a tour by the living descendant of that same family who still lives in her amazing museum home?

Seven inductees chosen for 2011 EGHS Wall of Honor

February 10, 2011

Their resumes include lines like U.S. Attorney, Nobel Peace Prize winner and longtime school nurse.
Their careers have taken them to places like Florida and the Middle East, or no farther than the state of Rhode Island.
The East Greenwich High School Wall of Honor will grow by seven honorees when this year’s induction ceremony is held April 14 at 6 p.m. at the high school.

Firefighters get a contract

February 8, 2011

The East Greenwich Board of Fire Commissioners and local firefighters have agreed on a new three-year contract with an 18-month pay freeze and a 20 percent co-pay.
East Greenwich Firefighters Association Local 3328, affiliated with the International Association of Firefighters, ratified the new pact by majority vote three weeks ago, said Lt. Bill Perry, union president.
The commissioners then approved the contract at their meeting last Thursday.

Council tables roof repairs

February 7, 2011

For months, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School repair dilemma has vexed the School Committee.
On Monday night, the Town Council faced its turn, with a divided council deciding it needed two more weeks to ponder that and other school-related repair issues totaling $3.8 million.

 

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