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February 4th, 2012

Tell Me Your Story: It wasn't a 'castle' to 17th Century black residents

February 5, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – They slept in the kitchen garret, high under the eaves in a room whose ceiling was so low they had to stoop.
With only two small windows, they sweltered in summer; in winter, they huddled around the stone chimney for warmth.
They were the slaves of Richard Smith Jr. – two men, one elderly woman and five children – and their existence is confirmed in a 1691 property inventory of Cocumscussoc, more commonly called Smith’s Castle.
When Daniel Updike died here in 1757, the slave population had risen to “18 Negroes and a baby.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 3rd

Editorial: Town's ordinance decision could set a bad precedent

February 4, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the North Kingstown Town Council’s decision to pass an ordinance that will mandate town firefighters work 24-hour shifts every three days beginning on March 1 but what’s ultimately lost in the shuffle of all that discussion is the main issue at hand and, really, the only one that matters.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

$216,000 more in state aid coming to South Kingstown

February 3, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown schools will be receiving $216,000 more in state aid than originally anticipated after Governor Lincoln Chafee proposed his FY 2013 budget that aims to increase support to local schools in light of the budget strains facing cities and towns.
According to the governor’s budget, South Kingstown is allocated $8.51 million more, which amounts to a $216,768 increase.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI International Engineering Program wins innovation award

February 3, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Raena Morley, a Chemical Engineering and French student in the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program (IEP), spent her summer unlike most students, working as in intern for Toray Plastics’ offices in Lyon, France. The experience is one which many IEP students hold, and Morley, who will graduate in 2012, is grateful that she can blend two opposite interests into one track of study.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chafee vows this is 'the year of cities and towns'

February 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE – An increase to the state’s cigarette tax, restaurant and beverage sales tax and a new seven percent sales tax expansion are some of what Governor Lincoln Chafee proposed Tuesday night in his $7.9 billion budget plan to close the projected $125 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year that begins July 1.

In total, Chafee’s proposed budget to the General Assembly includes $87.7 million in tax hikes with much of it devoted to saving ailing municipalities.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK man faces nine felony counts

February 3, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — On Monday, January 30 at 9:11 p.m., David D. Walmsley, 23, of 159 Alder Road, was arrested by South Kingstown Police on nine felony counts, including possession/manufacturing of marijuana and possession of Schedule II-IV drugs.

Probation/Parole Officers Greg Williams and Laura Bard responded to 159 Alder Road to check in on another probationer when they observed a bright yellow light coming from the basement window. Upon further inspection, Officers Williams and Bard saw several potted marijuana plants, and called SKPD.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

February 3, 2012

Tuesday night Governor Chafee proposed his budget plan to the General Assembly. In today's paper we have what the local South County delegation feel about his tax hikes and tax cuts.

Following the governor's proposal, South Kingstown schools found out they will recieve $216,000 more in state aid this year. We also have what Narragansett Pier leaders think about Chafee's proposed tax on luxary items.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Maintenance dredging begins at Ninigret Pond

February 3, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - The shores of Ninigret Pond near the Charlestown Breach-way will be the site of heavy machinery and hard working crews for the next two months or so, and while it may look and sound like an industrial war-zone, the end result of the campaign could greatly benefit the pond’s natural habitat.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 2nd

Fire union ready to fight town's decision

February 3, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A packed house at the Beechwood Center Monday night listened to impassioned testimony from firefighters, school committee members and spouses as the North Kingstown Town Council opened a public hearing on a revised ordinance that would mandate a scheduling change in the NK Fire Department to 24-hour shifts every three days.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Van Hees looking to strike it big

February 2, 2012

Charlestown’s Jonathan Van Hees has spent the better part of the last 12 months dominating numerous bowling centers around New England, leaving plenty of his opponents – and bowling pins – in his wake.

Two weeks ago, Van Hees made the decision to head back out on the road to try and achieve that elusive goal of earning a national title on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

 

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