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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.

Cyber bullying addressed by TalkWorks program

December 17, 2010

It’s tough to find a more simple explanation of the appeal of cyberbullying than one Christine Caron received last Tuesday from a fourth-grader at Eldredge Elementary School.
Her question to the class about why students engage in online and cellphone bullying, insults and namecalling brought this response:
“Because I don’t have to look them in the face.”

Pondering winters: It seems the cold has finally set in

December 17, 2010

Winters in East Greenwich. It seems we had more snow in the 40s when I was coming of age here. There was usually enough snow to build a snowman. The children of my neighborhood would slide down the hill into what we knew then as MacGiveney’s Hollow from Bridge Street. At the other end of town, I’ve been told that they blocked off some of the bigger hills like King or Queen street and let the youngsters sled there.
It seems to me that every boy then wore a mackinaw, a longish jacket resembling a Navy peacoat but in some version of dark plaid. Our macs had shiny sleeves from our rubbing our runny noses on them. We had caps, mostly tokes or billed hats with earflaps. We knew not the cold until we had turned blue and just couldn’t take it any longer.

Jigger’s Diner set to reopen

December 16, 2010

Iva Reynhaut is pretty excited to be cooking downtown once again.
The owner and cook at Jigger’s Diner, 145 Main St., couldn’t wait to share the news after the Town Council voted Monday night to put her back in business.
Reynhaut will be back behind the counter and grill at the historic, award-winning eatery after the council unanimously approved her request for the victualling license she lost when the state Division of Taxation shut her business down on Aug. 17 for nonpayment of state taxes.

Holiday season a hard time for people who have lost a loved one

December 15, 2010

You have lost a loved one. You grieve. The holidays approach. You don’t want them to come. You yearn for presence, not presents.
“ ‘I wish I could just go to sleep on the day before Thanksgiving and wake up on January 2nd!’ This is a sentiment that bereavement counselors all across the country hear a lot during the fall and early winter months,” said Morgan Ban-Draoi, grief counselor at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

Mike Noble convinced he will beat the odds in Pancreatic cancer fight

December 13, 2010

Over the past few years, the media has been full of stories of breast cancer and prostate cancer patients who have beaten their diseases and gone on to continue living healthy and productive lives.
Michael Noble is hoping to see a series of similar stories about people who have beaten pancreatic cancer.
He’s hoping to be one, too.

Stone Ridge Luminaria

December 10, 2010

The laws of mathematics go up the chimney in Stone Ridge during the Annual Candlelight Tour. It is only then, in the magical spirit of Christmas, that 2,600 actually equal 1,100.
“Last year, we raised $1,100 for the East Greenwich Department of Human Services Holiday Food Basket Program by the added donations from Stone Ridge residents on top of the purchase amount of the (lantern) kits,” said resident Donna Fleming. “Our neighborhood was lighted by more than 2,600 paper lanterns placed along the curbs and walkways and the wonderful holiday lighting displays of the homes. It was a beautiful sight!”

 

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