June 20, 2013 RSS feed / News

High bacteria counts at North Kingstown beach

The state Health Department has recommended no swimming at North Kingstown Town Beach due to high bacteria counts. Officials will continue to monitor the water quality and will recommend re-opening the beach when they consider it safe for swimming. More...

Summer events kick off Sunday at Fort Adams

The state will holds the first event of its second annual Great Outdoor Pursuit at Fort Adams in Newport on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Where in the world

From left, Jessica and Samantha Bucklin, Laura Hosley and Lydia Reitz took the Press to Venice, Italy. The group also visited Turin and Calolziocorte, where Hosley’s grandfather was from. More...

The Island Garden

A new bed for your plants

Many gardeners grow their vegetables in a straight line so they can walk between the rows. That is fine for the gardener, but not so fine for the plants. More...

Dispose of household waste Saturday for free

Hazardous household waste can be disposed of on Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at at Portsmouth High School. More...

Recruitment party

Members of the Conanicut Island Art Association prepare mailings last week for its annual membership drive. New members are welcome to join the organization. More...

Top Swan

Impetuous, a Swan 42 owned by islander Paul Zabetakis, won its class last weekend at the 159th annual New York Yacht Club Regatta on Narragansett Bay. More...

Island Chatter

Last week’s rain did not dampen the spirits of Melrose’s fourth-graders whose Penny Carnival was rescheduled and held Wednesday. More...

House Finance easily passes budget proposal

The House Finance Committee voted 12-0 (with two abstentions) Tuesday to approve an $8.2 billion state budget that includes no tax or fee increases. More...

RI House, Senate back elimination of Electoral College

The House of Representatives and Senate last week approved companion bills that would add Rhode Island to a compact of states agreeing to commit their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in presidential balloting across t More...

Residents needed for search committee

Bruce Keiser says he will retire by October

The Town Council is seeking residents to serve on the search committee for a new town administrator to replace Bruce Keiser. Keiser on May 20 announced his plans to leave the post by October. More...

Day on the farm

Biologist Numi Mitchell helps Melrose Avenue School students capture and identify pollinators Saturday at Godena Farm. More...

Festival fun

Above, Victoria Dolce serves strawberry shortcake at Central Baptist Church’s June Festival Saturday. More...

E-ZPass accounts inaccessible through Monday

The E-ZPass office will be closed Friday and Saturday as the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority upgrades its computer system. From 6 p.m. on June 20 to 8 a.m. More...

Destination kind

The entire Lawn Avenue School attend a wrap-up ceremony for Destination Kind, a program that teaches kids how to be kind and respectful to each other. More...

All-American sailor finishes career

Sailing – and sailboat racing in particular – runs deep for one Jamestown family. Dr. Robert Salk can often be seen on the water in his J-109 Picante. Natalie Salk, his daughter, just graduated from Tufts University. More...

Skippers playing for title at McCoy

Playing for the Division I state title at McCoy Stadium, North Kingstown High’s varsity baseball team faces a tough assignment going up against the defending champs, the Bishop Hendricken Hawks. More...

Artists needed for Town Hall show

The Conanicut Island Art Association is calling for entries to its next Town Hall show, “Abstract All Ways.” The drop-off date is July 11 at Town Hall between 1 and 4 p.m. Artists may enter up to three works. More...

Meet Margaret

Margaret Rees Russo, the granddaughter of Marcie Lindsay and the late Phil Lindsay of Jamestown, was born April 20 to Cassie and Joel Russo of Burlington, Vt. More...

Local conservationist returns from 700-mile trip to ‘garbage patch’

Michael Brown learns how marine plastic pollution settles in world’s oceans

The presence of plastic in the world’s oceans is increasing, and one danger is that it will enter the food chain. More...