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December 20th

Politics as Usual: What America needs is a conversation about guns (OPINION)

December 21, 2012

I have always been a strong Second Amendment supporter.
It’s not that I have any particular love for guns; I have never fired a gun. I don’t really like guns and I don’t particularly like it when people bring guns around me. If you want to know the whole truth, people who are really enthusiastic about their love for guns and shooting weird me out a little bit.
But the same way President Obama seems to think people “cling to guns,” I cling to the Constitution and am loath to see “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” messed with, especially in an ad hoc or knee-jerk manner.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 19th

Curmudgeon's Corner: Tighter gun laws wouldn't have prevented violence (OPINION)

December 20, 2012

How does one react to the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday?
It didn’t take long for the anti-gun lobby to jump to the conclusion that the massacre of 20 young children and six women members of the faculty and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School illustrates the need for stricter controls on guns. In fact, one congressman issued a press release within an hour of the announcement of the event, literally before any facts were known. Perhaps he has a press release prepared “just in case”.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 18th

Tax amnesty program generates $17 million

December 19, 2012

By MARIA SHANAHAN
mshanahan@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tax amnesty program generated more than $17 million following its conclusion last month, according to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.
The amnesty provided Rhode Islanders with the opportunity to pay delinquent state taxes without penalties and with an interest rate reduction of 25 percent.
“We’re delighted that so many Rhode Island taxpayers took advantage of this opportunity to clean their slates and get a fresh start,” David M. Sullivan, Rhode Island tax administrator, said in a statement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 17th

Youth to Youth takes flight at Quonset

December 18, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – On a brisk Sunday morning in various corners as well as the yard of the Quonset Air Museum, eight teenagers are enthusiastically polishing, cleaning, sanding and painting pieces of history.
Working with the museum’s older members who serve as mentors – sharing technical information and personal knowledge – the youngsters spend five hours every weekend contributing a high level of energy to normally drawn-out projects.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 16th

NK's Frank Mattos honored for work

December 17, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE— North Kingstown resident Frank Mattos may have only founded his Massachusetts-based company Platinum Fire Protection & Services, LLC with co-owner Rob Pereira in 2010 but, already, his company has made waves in Rhode Island’s hospitality industry.
And now he has the hardware to prove it.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 15th

NKPD turn to Facebook to solve case

December 16, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

Social media has changed the way society works, from everyday communications with friends and family members to the way employers screen potential job interviews and single men and women look for possible dating matches.
Now, it may begin changing police work as well.
For the second time in recent months, the North Kingstown Police Department is turning to Facebook in an attempt to solve a long-thought-unsolvable cold case.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 14th

Service set for Carla Neubert Benoist

December 15, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A memorial service celebrating the life of Carla Neubert Benoist, 67, longtime animal welfare advocate and dedicated public servant, who died suddenly on Dec.3, will be held Sunday at the Cold Spring Community Center.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

TODAY ONLY: open call auditions for "Road Show" through 4 p.m.

December 14, 2012

Correction: The Narragansett Times originally reported that auditions for the "Road Show" would be held through Dec. 17. Auditions will be held today only, Dec. 14, through 4 p.m. The Times regrets the error.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Courthouse Center for the Arts has changed its name to Courthouse CenterStage.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 13th

QDC lands $6 million grant to repair bulkhead

December 14, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

The Quonset Development Corporation has been lauded over the past few years for its long-term planning and commitment to its future vision of the Quonset Business Park and, thanks to some much-needed federal money, one of the QDC’s main objectives—maintaining and repairing infrastructure— is about to get a whole lot easier.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 12th

NK school department reaches deal with union

December 13, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

After a long and arduous negotiating process that often spilled over in public and on editorial pages across the area, the North Kingstown School Committee and its Educational Support Professionals union finally reached a new three-year contract Tuesday night.
The new deal, which will save the school district an estimate $1,760,000, does not include or settle the issue of the controversial outsourcing of 26 custodial employees in the district, a source of great debate between the two sides which will ultimately be played out in the courts.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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