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December 29th

Village Cafe offers patrons new option for breakfast

December 29, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Anne Steger is hoping to fill a downtown area restaurant gap…and end the tenant-go-round at 431 Main St.

Last Thursday, The Village Café opened at a spot which has seemed somewhat jinxed this year. Steve Filippou’s Twisted Dogs closed there last month after a run of less than two months, while The Sweet Nest, a cupcake shop, lasted only two months earlier this year.

But with the recent closings of downtown diners Jigger’s and Audra’s, Steger is hoping Main Street denizens looking for a new breakfast spot will find their way to her place.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Past year played out true to form

December 29, 2011

Let us lift up our glass, filled with holiday cheer, to the winners, the losers, the events of the year.

What was hot, what was not; the skinny, the dope, the Tweet, from Liz Taylor, to Lohan’s jailer, to the failed Lebron-led Miami Heat.

From “The King’s Speech” to nonsensical ravings of warlock Charlie Sheen,
From the newly-married Royal Prince William, to that divorced Palin teen.
From Navy Seals to shady deals to gas prices higher than the cost of wheels; Aptly-named Weiners to Liberal leaners and everything in-betweeners…

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stopping bullying through speeches

December 29, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Cole Middle School students will have a case to make about bullying in schools when members of its Co-Leaders program visit Eldredge Elementary School next month.

Last week, Phil Goldman came to Cole to help those students present it.
Goldman, producer and host of Livebait, a monthly performance in Providence where people share their stories in six minutes or less, met the students to help polish their presentations and speaking skills.

“I try to shape their speeches, with a good beginning, and help them with concluding it,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Award-winning photographer Ray Clayton dies at 69

December 29, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ray Clayton, 69, an icon in the world of local news photography who mentored and inspired a generation of youngsters in the newspaper business, has died.

Clayton, who retired in 2008 after 32 years with Southern Rhode Island Newspapers – only to return almost immediately as a regular freelance contributor — lost a brief battle with lung cancer just after midnight on Christmas Day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's The Chariho Times

December 29, 2011

In this week's edition of the Chariho Times, find out how one local Richmond couple has created a series of innovative learning books for children called "I Read and Write."

After the state Reapportionment Committee approved House Plan D for new district maps, Hopkinton Town Councilman Scott Bill Hirst suspects the plans will have a bad impact for Hopkinton.

For the eighth consecutive quarter, South County Hospital has achieved top ranks in patient care.

All and more inside today's The Chariho Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Breaking News: Ex-URI employee charged with fraud

December 29, 2011

KINGSTON – A long time employee of the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus has been charged with stealing more than $475,000 in tuition and fees from the University over the course of six years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

The GAIA Vaccine Foundation puts a face behind the numbers

December 29, 2011

KINGSTON—It is difficult for local communities, where successful healthcare and access to up-to-date medicines are common, to comprehend the daily struggle of men and women who are threatened by the HIV/AIDS virus. When speaking with members of the public about this global epidemic, Dr. Annie DeGroot, Director of the Institute for Immunology and Information at the University of Rhode Island, can provide statistics, yet does not believe such an approach is effective.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 28th

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

December 29, 2011

Do you believe firefighters should be forced to work 24-hour shifts?
That question is at the heart of a proposal by North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury and, this week, the Standard Times brings you all the latest news regarding the town's decision to try to force the schedule change on the fire department.
What would the change mean to the department? How much money would be saved?
Find out all that and much, much more in this week's Standard Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's The Narragansett Times

December 28, 2011

In today's paper, we have a story on how one Chariho native has become a best-selling novelist.

With the town's applications to erect a wall in Matunuck and to reclassify the waters coming up at the CRMC, Carpenters Beach Meadows will hold a meeting Jan. 7 to discuss erosion.

We also have one story where URI professors are working with the GAIA Foundation to rid the world of AIDS.

All and more inside, today's Narragansett Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 27th

Curmudgeon's Corner: The war in Iraq is over but was it really worth it? (OPINION)

December 28, 2011

On December 15th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over a ceremony in which the colors (flag) of the American forces in Iraq were “cased”. The following day the state’s daily newspaper proclaimed “WAR OVER” in huge type on page one.
I wonder how the parents of Army Spc. David E. Hickman, 23, of Greensboro, NC feel. Specialist Hickman died in Baghdad on November 14th of injuries caused by an “IED” -an improvised explosive device. He is the last American to die in the official war in Iraq.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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