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December 6th

School committee pushes to make bus monitors optional

December 6, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho School Committee has voted to approve a resolution asking state lawmakers to make a change to a Rhode Island general law involving school bus monitors

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 5th

McKay leaves state GOP for Washington

December 6, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ken McKay IV, part of the North Kingstown furniture dynasty whose founder, Kenneth McKay, was a scion of local Republican politics, has resigned after eight months as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
The Poplar Point resident has been hired as senior adviser to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and is already in Washington, D.C., according to his brother Kerry.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton has a new sheriff in town

December 5, 2011

HOPKINTON - After a search that spanned nearly five months, the town of Hopkinton finally has it’s new police chief.

David S. Palmer, a current Lieutenant and 25 year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police (RISP), will be appointed to the post in early January, according to Town Manager, and Acting Police Chief, William McGarry.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 4th

Christmases past captured in vintage handmade cards

December 5, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Elizabeth Donovan, community outreach director for the North Kingstown Free Library, has a special tradition: each year she gets out the collection of homemade Christmas cards she’s made and received over the course of decades and enjoys them all over again.
“I love taking them out,” she says. “It’s a lot of fun.”
This year she is sharing a sampling of these seasonal greetings – artifacts from a time when people took time to create personal cards for special friends and relatives.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 3rd

Tell Me Your Story: Barber Ruby Richter is a gem for Wickford Village

December 4, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Most women have an internal GPS that unfailingly takes them to spas where they are soothed, groomed, massaged and de-stressed in settings that are inviting and inspire warm conversations.
Men? Not so much.
All that is changing in Wickford since the arrival of Ruby’s Barber Shop, a hideaway where guys encounter a calmer, gentler sort of man cave.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 2nd

RITBA preparing to raise sunken barge

December 3, 2011

By SHAUN KIRBY
skirby@ricentral.com

The Rhode Island Transit and Bridge Authority is making preparations to raise a 300-ton barge which sank on October 30 during a nor’easter which brought heavy winds across Narragansett Bay. The barge, which rests in approximately 100 feet of water, was carrying out structural repairs and re-painting on the Pell Bridge. On Monday morning, state officials were brought out to the Chesapeake 1000, the salvage vessel responsible for hauling up the sunken barge, to learn about the specific nature of raising such a vessel from the bottom of Narragansett Bay.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

It’s winter wonderland this weekend in South Kingstown

December 2, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – It will start to look a lot like Christmas this weekend as holiday festivals and tree lighting ceremonies turn South Kingstown into a winter wonderland.

This weekend on Saturday, Dec. 3, candle lights will shine on the Kingston Village as it celebrates its 127th annual holiday fair and South Kingstown residents can light up the Village Green the following day during the tree lighting ceremony.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

December 2, 2011

This weekend all across South County, towns are celebrating the start of the holiday season with visits from Santa and tree lighting ceremonies. Inside today's paper we have what events are taking place in Narragansett and South Kingstown.

The Special Commission on Reapportionment met Thursday at the South Kingstown High School during one of the final public hearings before it finalizes its plan to reconfigure the district lines to reflect population changes. At the meeting, several South County leaders said what they hoped the outcome of the new districts would be.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School budget criticized

December 2, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - Town council members in all three Chariho towns have made efforts to request a greater level of transparency in the annual budget of the Chariho Regional School District.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 1st

Exeter resident comes home from last deployment

December 2, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – “Welcome home, Papa, for the last time”, were the words Exeter resident Chief Master Sergeant Gary Austin saw when he stepped off the C-130J aircraft at Quonset Airbase last Wednesday after being in Afghanistan since August.
Austin, who returned to his family just in time for Thanksgiving, is part of the 143rd Airlift Wing Unit and, though this was his last deployment, he doesn’t officially retire from the Rhode Island National Guard until June.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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