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Happy Hearts Preschool: 25 years in operation and going strong

May 20, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

Happy hearts, happy alumni, happy teachers.
They added up to plenty of smiles Saturday morning at the 25th anniversary celebration of Happy Hearts Learning Center, 2608 South County Trail, as the preschool’s current crop of pupils ages 2 to 5 mixed with their older predecessors, including a few young adults, and past and present faculty members.

Chafee delivers some good economic news to EG Chamber of Commerce

May 13, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

While some Rhode Islanders are panicking about the state’s budget and pension crises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hoping to win over the business community with a calm, I’ve-seen-this-before approach.

NEIT getting a break from town

May 2, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

Amendments to the town Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan to assist New England Institute of Technology received unanimous second reading approval from the Town Council Monday night after college representatives updated town officials on their plans for the growing campus on the former Rocky Hill Fairgrounds site.

When Guv comes to town

April 12, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

National Reading Week brought plenty of guests to Meadowbrook Farms School last week, from local officials and media members to Olympic gymnasts and “The Amazing Race” contestants.
But the school’s biggest “get” may have been Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who left behind budget crunching and tax debates to play storyteller for a first-grade class.

Hoedgson filling some big shoes

April 4, 2011

With the state's economic stakes raised so high, Dawson Hodgson is not exactly getting a leisurely-paced orientation into the ways and mores of the R.I. General Assembly this year.
“I picked a heck of a year to go into the Senate,” Hodgson, (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich), said jokingly after holding a constituent forum at Town Hall Monday afternoon.

Light shed upon EGHS library plans

March 31, 2011

An architectural consultant to the School Building Committee did more than shed a little light Tuesday night on plans to renovate the East Greenwich High School library.
His proposal for the library includes shedding much more light on it, namely by taking down one of its cinderblock walls and replacing it with a window to lend a more airy feel to a library some school officials have compared to a dungeon.

OPINION: Monsters among us

March 24, 2011

BY JONATHAN GIBBS

Looking at my five-year-old son’s fingers triggered a chain of thoughts about the Michael Woodmansee case in church this past Sunday. His are small fingers that have recently lost the dimple near the knuckle that seems to mark his passage out of toddlerhood into full-fledged boyhood. They were wrapped gently around the back of his mother’s neck; and those fingers – and that loving gesture – struck me as heartbreakingly innocent. Unfortunately, I saw them as not just the perfect hands of my beloved son but as vulnerable entities as well.

Accreditation imperiled by lack of library renovation at EGHS

March 23, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

East Greenwich School Superintendent Victor Mercurio will have a new entrance, administrative and guidance offices, and science labs to show off for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation when it visits East Greenwich High School April 14-18.
Downstairs, however, lies what could be the Achilles’ heel of the school’s effort to win accreditation for the next 10 years: the library and media center.

Policy to help cops recognize medical needs

March 21, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

A simple sheet of paper may be a potent new tool for the East Greenwich Police Department to help deal with children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.
Sgt. John Carter, the department’s juvenile officer, has completed a sheet that parents can submit to police, who will put the information in their database so in the event that officers are called to their home, police will know about the children.

A piece of the World Trade Center comes to EGFD

March 17, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

In the days following the collapse of the World Trade Center, East Greenwich Fire District personnel wanted to join the rescue, cleanup and recovery effort at Ground Zero.
They never made it to New York City, but Ground Zero has recently come to them.

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