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Web Exclusive: Politics as Usual (Opinion)

December 26, 2010

It is small, and its residents are poor, but Central Falls has always maintained a unique identity and its people have persevered with the stubborn, defiant pride of the underdog. That demands respect.
Central Falls should not be abolished.
Central Falls should not become another neighborhood of Pawtucket.
Central Falls should not be split up among its neighbors like a family of orphaned children.
Central Falls should be saved.
But how?
With all due respect to Mark Pfeiffer, the state receiver, it should not be devoured by its bigger and only slightly less poor neighbor, Pawtucket.

Web Exclusive: A Special look at Christmas

December 25, 2010

Christmas in the United States is really BIG. By big, I mean over the top, crazy, out of control enormous. Everyone comments on how it gets bigger and the preparations start earlier as the years pass. My first encounter with Christmas carols occurred in my car on exactly November 8th, a Monday morning driving into work. A few stray bars of “Jingle Bells” hit my ear drums and it was all over, Christmas had arrived a full two and a half weeks before Thanksgiving. Is this really and truly necessary?

Special Editorial: Turbine response shows how important it is to be informed

December 24, 2010

Perhaps more so than the debate over the sheer size of a proposed 427-foot wind turbine in Stamp Farm on South County Trail, and maybe even more so than the safety concerns of its placement in a residential neighborhood and/or the effects such a structure will have on local property values, it seems as if many of the local residents who have recently spoken out against this project have all had one central complaint.
Their complaint, it seems, is that the changes to the town’s ordinance are moving too fast and that they weren’t informed soon enough and/or allowed to speak their mind.

See what's you're missing in this week's Standard Times

December 23, 2010

Christmas means different things to different people but the one thing most people can agree on is it's a time for love.
This week's Standard Times features a nice reminder of that as a pair of local senior citizens spent the weekend before Christmas pledging their love to another in the holy ceremony of marriage.

Preview the SRIN Year in Review today!

December 22, 2010

How do you sum up a year of news, sports and entertainment in a 12-page special section?
Do you try to pinpoint the stories that had the most impact? The pictures that left you feeling amazed? The moments that will stay with you for years to come?
No matter the methodology, chances are you’re going to forget something groundbreaking, something left your community astonished or changed forever, or a story that simply seems too big to leave off the list.
There is no good way to do it … but it’s a task that must be done, both to honor the year for what it was and for what it represents.

Coming this Thursday: The SRIN All-Area Fall Sports section!

December 21, 2010

It's Christmas week and that means two things.
One, you're running out of time to go pick up that special gift for your significant other.
Two, it's time for SRIN to name its annual Fall All-Area Sports teams.
Every winter, the sports staff at Southern Rhode Island Newspapers sits down and pours over endless stories, stats and testimonials and debates who, exactly, had the best season in each sport from throughout our coverage area.
It's no surprise, of course, that Exeter's Al Georgio made the list. He racked up nearly 3,000 yards.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Rocky Hill School Board of Trustees announces new Head Of School for July 2011

December 20, 2010

The Rocky Hill School Board of Trustees approved and appointed Mr. Jonathan M. Schoenwald as the eighth Head of School, effective July 1, 2011. The Board's decision followed the unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee. Mr. Schoenwald will succeed alumnus Mr. James J. Young III '70, who announced his departure last spring after serving 16 years as Headmaster.
Jonathan comes to Rocky Hill School from Hunter College in New York City where he has been the Director of the Macaulay Honors College since 2005.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Panera Bread giving back locally

December 19, 2010

Panera Bread recently presented a check to the South County Hospital Breast Health Program.
The proceeds of $1013.00 were the result of Panera Bread's annual Pink Bagel and Cater Pink campaign. South County Hospital Breast Health Coordinator Marie McCormick and Breast Health Nurse Marilyn Favali accepted the check for the hospital.
The funds will be used to purchase resources for the South County Hospital Cancer Resource Library.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Citizens Bank executives partner with Children's Friend to adopt local families in need

December 18, 2010

Providence, RI - Citizens Bank recently partnered with Children's Friend for their annual Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive. More than 70 Citizens executives spent an evening shopping for gifts for 45 children to benefit Children's Friend families.
Children's Friend promotes the well-being and healthy development of children by providing wrap-around services to support and strengthen their families and our communities. They have been a resource for Rhode Island's most vulnerable children and their families for more than 175 years.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: BankRI helps community through holiday giving tree program

December 17, 2010

Branches partnered with local community organizations to help fellow Rhode Islanders

Rhode Island - December 17, 2010 - Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) announced today that it has completed another successful campaign with the annual BankRI Holiday Giving Tree program. The program is designed to brighten the holidays of fellow Rhode Islanders in need during the holiday season.

 

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