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September 12th

Voters head to the polls today!

September 13, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – North Kingstown taxpayers will help determine the future of the Wickford Elementary School (WES) building and decide whether or not to install artificial turf at McGinn Park in a special election Tuesday.
In the first of three questions, voters will be asked to issue $850,000 in bonds to finance the installation of artificial turf and make related improvements to the McGinn Park Field, which is only useable for only two months out of the year due to the intensity of activity.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Walking the home stretch for Sept. 11

September 12, 2011

Hundreds of miles and five weeks later Joe “Tiger” Patrick is reaching the place, where his life changed forever on Sept. 11, Ground Zero, New York City.

On Aug. 7, Patrick began a journey taking a train to Washington D.C. and then walking from the Pentagon  to Shanksville Pa, and on to New York City in one month just in time to reach Ground Zero on Sept. 11. Along his trip, he travelled to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to Shankesville, Penn., to Ground Zero in New York to honor the fallen victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 11th

Tell Me Your Story: Facing trauma starts healing process

September 12, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When he was 10 or 11, Kevin Brady found his diabetic uncle unconscious, threw him over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry, and rushed miles down Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown to South County Hospital.
He remembers no details of that trip, only how it started and how it ended.
“I’ve blotted it out,” he says.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A beautiful blue sky that rained lives

September 11, 2011

They stood for 30 years, twin symbols of America’s lofty standing and influence in the world, almost 1,400 feet of steel and glass stretching toward Heaven in a marvel of modern engineering. And then in the aftermath of two twin ten-second pulses of released energy, World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were no longer standing. There, and also at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, 2,976 innocent people were murdered for the simple act of showing up for life that morning.
We can never forget – nor should we – the scenes of how they died that day: Those who were on the planes that had been turned into bombs and were careening toward their horrific destinies. Those on the upper floors of the Twin Towers who were awaiting help that would never come and making heartbreakingly sad last calls on the phones to loved ones. Those who were vaporized in the initial explosions that burned as high as 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit. And those that died in the acts of trying to save those trapped in that living Hell. If the sounds of the grief we felt as a nation that day were compressed into one burst of noise, we’d all fall deaf.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 10th

NKFD recruits never doubts decision

September 11, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – While hundreds of New York City firefighters risked their lives and died helping others on Sept. 11, a group of six men were in the middle of a 16-week academy for the North Kingstown Fire Department and, reflecting on that day 10 years later, they all remember being in awe of what was happening just a few hundred miles away.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 9th

A decade later, pilot's memories fresh

September 10, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Mike Pignataro, a Vietnam vet, thought his war efforts were over until Sept. 11, 2001, when he was thrust onto the front lines of what is now called the War on Terror.
The Purple Heart recipient, who lost part of his left leg flying in combat, recalls the shocking events with the introspection of someone who had already experienced hell only to face the same sort of devastation decades later.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 8th

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

September 9, 2011

September 11th, 2001 was a day that forever changed an entire generation of Americans. Whether you were in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania or just going about your day in any of the other parts of the country, chances are you remember every little detail about that Tuesday morning.
This week, the Standard Times brings you a special look at the events of September 11th, 2011 as seen through the eyes of local residents closest to the attacks.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Breaking News: Michael Woodmansee to get out of prison tomorrow

September 8, 2011

CRANSTON – Michael Woodmansee, who killed South Kingstown's five-year old Jason Foreman in 1975 will be early released today, two days before his scheduled release.

“The [Foreman] family is upset and rightfully so. This is the third release date change from when they first heard back in the spring that he was being released early after serving only 29 years of a 40 year prison sentence,” Erik Wallin, the Foreman's lawyer said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Tea Party Express rolls through Wickford

September 8, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Close to 200 hundred people braved the raw and rainy weather conditions to turn out for a stop on the Tea Party Express “Reclaiming America” tour that made a pit stop at Wilson Park, North Kingstown Wednesday morning.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 6th

Politics as Usual: Politics is supposed to be the art of the possible

September 7, 2011

So besides an earthquake and a hurricane, not all that much happened last week.
The earthquake only tickled us gently; it was more of a curiosity than a disaster in these parts.
I can’t say anything about Hurricane Irene because she hadn’t arrived as of this writing (We had to put the newspaper out early so we can make sure it gets to you in the optimistic expectation that you will have lights to read it by).
Let’s hope everyone weathered the storm safe and dry. Meanwhile, politics marches on.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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