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December 27th

A writing life for Hopkins

December 27, 2011

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - When John Christian Hopkins was a young child he would clutch a book when he slept at night, and when he was a student at Chariho High School in the 1970’s, he would skip class to read books at the library.

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December 26th

Rudolph's a dear for Route 2 drivers

December 27, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer does, in fact, have a very shiny nose. It is made of the largest size red gazing ball typically found on pedestals in flower gardens.
Since October, this particular deer, perched in a Large and In Charge fashion in the field next to Schartner Farm on South Country Trail, has had several incarnations. Made of huge bales of hay – both rolled and rectangular – it was a witch for Halloween and a Pilgrim for Thanksgiving.

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New legislation designed to protect local salt ponds

December 26, 2011

CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM) has agreed to begin writing new regulations regarding waste water treatment that will be aimed at protecting local salt ponds and lessening financial burdens for homeowners looking to renovate.

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December 25th

New DEM rules could affect all RI

December 26, 2011

By ANTHONY aRUSSO
aarusso@ricentral.com

CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has agreed to begin writing new regulations regarding waste water treatment that will be aimed at protecting local salt ponds and lessening financial burdens for homeowners wanting to renovate.
The agreement was made as the result of a meeting between DEM officials and state legislators called by State Rep. Donna Walsh (D-36). Representatives Teresa Tanzi (D-34) and Spencer Dickinson (D-35) took part in the discussions.

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December 24th

Tell Me Your Story: Born a century ago, Dad was a farmer and a soldier

December 25, 2011

The person whose story I’m telling today is not someone local or even anyone you know, but he was very dear to me.
Today’s column is about my father, Clyde E. Smith, an Appalachian farm boy and unlikely soldier who was drafted into World War II at the age of 30, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Today would have been his 100th birthday.
Dad was the last of four children born in Halleck, an unincorporated West Virginia outpost with a tiny church, cemetery and school surrounded by sprawling family farms where men worked themselves and their children nearly to death.

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Changes to Program of Studies?

December 24, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — East Greenwich High School Principal Michael Podraza brought forth to the School Committee at Tuesday’s meeting at Cole Middle School an overview of significant changes to the school’s Program of Studies that affects a number of curriculums.

The changes are a reaction, Podraza said, of policies that are being done in terms of highschool reform, from initial guidance by the state in setting “multiple pathways” where students can receive credit.

For more on the story, check out the Dec. 22 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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EGFD unveils ethics code

December 24, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — It’s not about discipline. It’s about common sense and representing the East Greenwich Fire District.

That was the message Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Douglas Axelsen and Deputy Chief Russell McGillivray hope to send with the district’s new Code of Ethics, composed by McGillivray as part of the district’s Standard Operating Guide that governs firefighters’ behavior. The new code was adopted unanimously by the board last Thursday.

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Committee approves plans that will alter EG

December 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Senators and Representatives of District 35, which encompasses most of East Greenwich, may face a whole new set of voters in several other towns, now that the state’s redistricting commission has endorsed three plans that will radically alter voting districts throughout the state.

In Room 313 at the State House Monday evening, the 17 members of the Special Committee on Reapportionment voted 11-6 to approve the new statewide district map under Congress Plan F; and 17-0 to approve the new districts proposed under Senate Plan E as amended and House Plan D, as amended.

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December 23rd

NK man guilty of possessing child porn

December 24, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A North Kingstown man pleaded guilty in Providence federal court Tuesday morning to being in possession of over 7,500 images of child pornography.
Leon Tousignant, 67, of 2180 Tower Hill Road, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and could face up to 10 years in a federal prison with a supervised release for a term of five years to life, and up to a $250,000 fine when he’s sentenced on March 15, 2012 before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi.

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Gingerbread Kids benefits Narragansett families

December 23, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Gifts and food products rested in long rows on the gymnasium floor at Narragansett Elementary School. As volunteers take count of the donated inventory, families from Narragansett begin to stream in, happily receiving the unselfish largesse which many in the local community have offered.

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