January 24, 2013 RSS feed / News

Obama unveils plans to curb gun violence

President Barack Obama last week unveiled a comprehensive package of executive actions and legislative proposals to help prevent gun violence, including a call to reinstate the assault-weapons ban. More...

CYC announces dates for sailing program

Registration opens Feb. 1 for returning members of Conanicut Yacht Club’s junior sailing program. Classes run in two four-week sessions starting June 24. There are classes for kids ages 8 to 18 of all skill and interest levels. More...

PHOTOGENIC

From left to right, Jillian Barber, Paul Murray and Katelin Dutton are three of the five photographers honored at the Conanicut Island Art Association’s Town Hall show, “Through the Lens. More...

New study says more people are being employed in Rhode Island

The state Department of Labor and Training announced last week that Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2012 dropped to 10.2 percent, down one-fifth of a percentage point from the November 2012 rate, and four-fifth More...

BEARDED BUILDERS

From left to right, coach Furhana DiBiase, Adam DiBiase, John Schott, Casey Egan, Caleb Wagner, coach Jack Hubbard and Caleb Delyi made up the Bearded Builders, Lawn Avenue School’s fifthgrade More...

North Kingstown swim teams optimistic for postseason

Boys hope to end Bishop Hendricken’s dominance

The North Kingstown boys and girls’ varsity swim teams are in the hunt for the state championship, according to assistant coach Kathy Carlson. More...

Open House at NAVSTA to discuss wind power

Naval Station Newport will hold an open house on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. More...

Island Chatter

The North Kingstown High School varsity hockey team had three big wins over the weekend, which puts the Skippers in first place in their division and sets them on the path for the state title. More...

Property owner asking for 74-foot variance for boating dock

Planning boards says it has no jurisdiction over issue

The Planning Commission at its Jan. 16 meeting undertook a conversation about a dock variance concerning a lot off East Shore Road, just north of the Newport Pell Bridge. More...

State tells property owner to restore coastal-buffer zone

Violations stemmed from repairs following Sandy

Details have emerged about steps a property owner must take to restore the coastal-buffer zone at Mackerel Cove, which was damaged during repairs to a private seawall that was marred during Hurricane Sandy. More...

Recreation Department to get consultant

Council wants study of programs, staff, facilities

Jamestown will go out to bid for a management consultant to study the Parks and Recreation Department, the Town Council decided Tuesday night. More...

Next month’s raffle to benefit animal shelter

Pier Pizza will host a Valentine’s basket raffle from Feb. 1 to Feb. 13 at its North Kingstown location at 6667 Post Road. Raffle tickets are available at the restaurant, and all proceeds will be donated to the North Kingstown Animal Shelter. More...

YOUNG SCIENTISTS

Third-graders Gabriella Carnevale and Audry Magarian are deep in thought as they discuss their science experiment. More...

Jamestown Historical Society Feature

Building a bridge across Narragansett Bay’s East Passage

At the end of World War II, the town of Jamestown – either directly or through a town-controlled commission – owned both the bridge across the West Passage and the ferry across the East Passage. More...

ORDINARY BILL

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Committee sends same-sex marriage bill to House floor

The House Judiciary Committed unanimously agreed Tuesday to send a marriage-equality bill to the full House for consideration, moving Rhode Island one step closer to becoming the final state in New England to allow same-sex marriage. More...

COHEN CAPTURES BRONZE

Islander Josef Cohen won the bronze medal at a fencing competition held earlier this month at the University of New Hampshire. More...

Wetlands permit is latest speed bump for proposed bike path

Application is currently being inspected by state

Four years ago, Bob Sutton, who was then a member of the Town Council, proposed the idea of creating a bike path that would connect the west and east sides of Conanicut Island. More...

Senate, expenditure council join forces

Sen. President Teresa Paiva Weed at a news conference last week unveiled a report and recommendations to address Rhode Island’s rankings on business competitiveness surveys. More...

Chamber of Commerce will travel to Newport

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce will hold an after-hours event at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The bureau is located at 23 America’s Cup Ave. in Newport. More...

Applications available for sailing scholarship

The Jamestown Yacht Club is now accepting applications for its Joshua Wadsworth Leonard Memorial Sailing Scholarship. The $200 grant is eligible for children between the ages of 8 and 14. More...

House bill calls for ban of master lever

Calling it archaic and confusing, Reps. Michael Marcello and Brian Newberry are calling for the elimination of the master lever that is still in use on Rhode Island election ballots. More...