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February 8th, 2012

Preview this week's Standard-Times today!

February 9, 2012

It's Black History Month, the time each year when we as a society reflect on the many contributions African Americans have made and the many ways in which we have overcome the racial divisiveness that once crippled our country.
In this week's Standard Times, we take a look at the issue of diversity through the eyes of current students at Exeter-West Greenwich High School, one of the "whitest" schools in the state.
How has the issue affect us close to home? Are there still stigmas associated with being "different"?

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Welcome House celebrates 25 years

February 8, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Twenty-five years ago the homeless population in South County travelled from church to church in Wakefield, hoping for a warm meal, a warm bed and a warm welcome until the community found them a home at the Welcome House.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town approves noise ordinance amendment

February 8, 2012

NARRAGANSETT — The town council approved an amendment on Monday evening which changes the town’s noise ordinance to account for auditory disturbances caused by motorcycles. Narragansett Police Department has found it increasingly difficult to enforce noise created by illegal exhaust systems on motorcycles which drive through public, tourist-driven areas of town, such as Ocean Road and along the sea wall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

February 8, 2012

Motorcycle drivers will no longer be able to roar their engines in Narragansett after the town council approved an amendment to the town's noise ordinance account for auditory disturbances caused by motorcycles with illegal exhaust systems.

In today's paper, we also have a story on the first Galilee Task Force held last Tuesday to take local fishing concerns to the state level.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 7th

Politics as Usual: Obama made case for reelection during address [OPINION]

February 8, 2012

This week, Gov. Lincoln Chafee gives his State of the State speech, a companion piece to the budget that will be introduced in the House of Representatives a few hours earlier.
It’s a safe bet that presentation won’t have the air of political theater that Chafee’s old Senate buddy, President Barack Obama, had in his State of the Union address a week ago.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 6th

Council continues TDR study

February 7, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The second phase in the Identification of Village Centers project is complete and was presented to the town council at Monday’s meeting.
The town hired The Horsley Witten Group, Inc. to develop a study that assesses selected areas in North Kingstown that could participate in the Transfer of Development Right (TDR) Program as receiving areas. The findings from the first phase were presented to the council in November.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 5th

School 'martials' forces

February 6, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When you sign on for lessons at Narragansett Bay Budokai, you’re going to learn more than martial arts poses, kicking and self-defenses.
Owner Robert Brenner is also going to instill respect, pride and a sense that being part of a community is important.
For that reason, every student in his school – from the littlest six-year-old, to adults in their 30s – is required to participate in an outdoor benefit for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund on Feb. 12.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 4th

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

 

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