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School Committee adjourns rowdy meeting without comment

September 1, 2012

Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN–Coming on the heels of a cancelled school day due to union picket lines on Tuesday morning, the regularly scheduled session of the North Kingstown School Committee meeting proved to be a perfect venue for a union rally that packed the house at the high school.
“Shame on you! Shame on you!” a rowdy and riled up crowd of ESP workers jeered following a decision by committee Chair Kimberly Page to adjourn the meeting prior to a scheduled public comment session.

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August 31st

Coventry students return to the classroom

August 31, 2012

COVENTRY — Last year, school was postponed five days due to Tropical Storm Irene, but this year however, the sun was shining as students awaited their buses early yesterday morning.

As students filed into school, some veterans of the process, and others new to the scene, administrators greeted them with smiles.

Aside from some minor glitches with the busing, school went smoothly for the Coventry school district.

Assistant Principal at Coventry High School, Brooke Macomber explained that “this was the smoothest opening I’ve seen at this school in years.”

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School district, union wonder what's next

August 31, 2012


NORTH KINGSTOWN—The morning after one of the most hostile school committee meetings in recent memory, North Kingstown School Supt. Dr. Philip Auger took a moment Wednesday morning to reflect on the preceding two days in his district.

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August 30th

Allen named Charlestown Chief of Police

August 30, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - A 5-member selection committee appointed South Kingstown Police Capt. Jeffrey Allen as the new Chief of Police in Charlestown on Monday night. Allen will replace 30-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Dept. Jack Shippee, who stepped down in June.

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Rams staying in the CAA

August 30, 2012

The University of Rhode Island football team earned a win Tuesday morning even though the season doesn’t start for another week.
Just 21 months after URI director of athletics Thorr Bjorn announced the Rams would be leaving the ultra-competitive Colonial Athletic Association to join the Northeast Conference in 2013, Bjorn told the team Tuesday morning he was reversing course and the Rams will continue competing in the CAA.

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August 30, 2012

It's been an eventful week in North Kingstown.
As the NK School Department and ESP union tussle over contract negotiations--including a brief work stoppage that delayed the scheduled start of school--tensions between the two sides reached a fever pitch this week, leading many to wonder if the relationship will ever be repaired.
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you the latest news on the topic. In addition, we've got you covered with an exclusive look at the town of Exeter's worry relating to the proposed development near the Rt. 2 and 102 intersection.

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August 29th

Gilmartin hoping to change things at NK

August 29, 2012

Turning around the North Kingstown football program isn’t going to be
something that can be done overnight.
Joe Gilmartin has never said it was and never made a promise to anyone that this season, his first as head coach of the Skippers, will be easy.
But it is a chance to be a part of something he hopes will be great down the line.
“It takes a long time to develop a new culture,” Gilmartin says. “... There’s a lot of things going on and you have to be able to get people to buy into those things.”


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