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Words to live by: Moderation and Balance above all

December 31, 2010

This is the final column of the year 2010... well into the fifth year of writing this column. Time flies. But we know that. No sense in kicking that dead platitude. Life is full of these little sayings that we apply when the situation fits.
“There’s no fool like an old fool.”
“Youth is wasted on the young. ”
“Curiosity killed the cat.”
“Look before you leap.”
Here’s another one: “everything in moderation,” which means go just so far– and no further–and everything will be all right. Pass that line and terror awaits.

Gastric bypass talk at KC Hospital

December 29, 2010

It is a discerning listener who can stomach a bad band.
If you have been morbidly obese for years, are sick of it, frustrated with failed diets, or scared of invasive surgery, you might listen and discern when surgeons at Kent Hospital talk about a good band for your stomach.

Reporter partakes of pancakes, immersed in sweet tradition

December 28, 2010

Being a reporter for a local weekly newspaper requires immersion in the community’s events, celebrations and rituals.
In six months, I’ve racked up quite a few of them, from parades to dinners to Main Street Strolls. I’ve even stood on the processing line in Municipal Court after receiving a traffic ticket.
But before last Friday, I had yet to do breakfast at Jigger’s Diner.
I could cry lack of opportunity, since I’d only been here a few weeks when state officials closed it down this summer for falling well in arrears on state taxes. But while interviewing people for my story about the closing, they inevitably bounced a question back at me:
“Have you ever eaten breakfast at Jigger’s””
To that, I could only plead nolo. While I grew up just a few miles up Post Road to the north, I had never set foot in the diner. While I’ve enjoyed the few meals I’ve eaten in diners, I’m not really the go-out-for-breakfast type – mine usually consists of popping waffles in the toaster or microwaving pancakes (I generally don’t leave the house without having eaten breakfast, and mercifully, I keep quickie doughnut breakfasts to a bare minimum).
The only freshly made pancakes I’ve eaten the past several years have been at The Pancake Man in Yarmouth during Cape Cod vacations (if I don’t catch them during their summer vacation). They’re a very rare luxury item at my house, given my opting for convenience after waking up and my wife’s work schedule, which often sees me leaving before she arrives home (and I would not ask her to cook after work, anyway).
When the Town Council voted last Monday night to reinstate Jigger’s owner Iva Reynhout’s victualling license, allowing her to reopen after she had come to terms with the state Division of Taxation to resolve her debt, the questions came again.
In the end, I give Council Vice President Henry V. Boezi the credit for luring me into a visit. After the meeting, he made a pretty convincing argument for me to venture out from my North Providence home without filling my belly first.

EGHS student’s App posts at Apple Store

December 27, 2010

Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that “killer app,” the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didn’t wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but it’s certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.

Budget legwork begun

December 26, 2010

In a joint session alternately amendable and contentious, the Town Council and School Committee laid the groundwork for the fiscal 2012 budget season in a wide-ranging meeting Wednesday.
The sparring over plans for the projected $6 million surplus in the 2008 $52 million school bond began in interest, with council members questioning the committee's plans to use a portion of it to pay for roof repairs.

EGHS student posts App at Apple Store

December 24, 2010

Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that “killer app,” the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didn't wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but it's certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.

Holiday Safety and Energy Efficiency Tips from National Grid

December 22, 2010

National Grid, the northeast energy giant serving over three million customers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York, has released a list of tips for customers to consider while preparing for and enjoying the holidays. National Grid’s tips, from using energy-saving lights to making intuitive safety choices, can help customers ensure a more environmentally friendly, safe, and cost-effective season.

Karate kid Shannon mixes Christian music, and Mojo with Dojo for a winning combo

December 21, 2010

Susie Shannon is a remarkable combo of Mojo and Dojo.
Shannon, just 9, a 4th grader at Hoxie Elementary School in Warwick, will test for her brown belt in karate next month; but on Tuesday, she released her debut album of Contemporary Christian music called, “I Live For You.”

Town studies merger with Fire District

December 18, 2010

At the request of the East Greenwich Fire District’s Board of Commissioners, the Town Council has agreed to participate in the study of a possible consolidation of the district and the town.
The council voted unanimously Monday night to participate in the study, and also appointed Jeffrey B. Cianciolo as its liaison to the district.

State mandate goals achievable for town under its new Comprehensive Plan draft

December 17, 2010

A draft of the town’s upcoming comprehensive plan leaves plenty of room for the town to achieve its state-mandated goal for affordable housing stock...provided it’s willing to build several large clusters.
By allowing the construction of 100 percent affordable housing clusters on available land, the town can create up to 1,049 affordable housing units, well above the 555 target established by Rhode Island Housing.

 

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