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September 22nd, 2011

Straight talk on pension reform

September 22, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With one month left before the General Assembly will hold a special session on state pension reform, General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo is reaching out to every corner of the state to explain to tax payers the state’s $9.4-billion unfunded pension problem.

Last Thursday, she made a stop at South Kingstown Town Hall, where she met with two dozen local officials from South County. Later on in the day, she met 75 members and guests at the South Kingstown Rotary Club luncheon.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hope Valley Elementary School wins national award

September 22, 2011

HOPE VALLEY - At the entrance of Hope Valley Elementary School, a decorative blue ribbon is attached to the wall adjacent to the front door. A similar ribbon can also be found on the door to the school’s main office.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 21st

Preview the Standard Times today!

September 22, 2011

After over a two-year week, the murder case against former North Kingstown resident Kimberly Fry officially began last week in South Kingstown.
In this week's Standard Times, read all about the first week of the trial, including opening statements from both sides and emotional testimony from Kimberly's former husband Timothy.
In addition, we've got the latest news on this week's North Kingstown Town Council meeting, where the results of last week's special election in town were up for much debate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

September 21, 2011

As the winter months head our way, it is almost time to get the snow plows ready. However, in the town of Narragansett, the town council debated whether they should fund new Highway Department trucks for snow removal or police and fire vehicles during these economic times.  

With General Treasurer Gina Raimondo proposing a new state pension plan next month, find out how South Kingstown will fare without pension reform.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 20th

Politics as Usual: Like it or not, the ACLU is protecting your rights

September 21, 2011

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is a fitting time for poignant memorials and sympathetic reminiscences. It is also a time for flag-waving patriotism and “never again” steadfastness and vigilance. All those things have their place.
But it is also a fitting time for a clear-eyed look back to where we have come since that day and how we have gotten here, a sober reassessment of our behavior in response to that horror.
The Rhode Island ACLU has given us that with an excellent report titled “The Legacy of the Indefinite ‘War on Terror’ in Rhode Island: Civil Liberties in the Aftermath of 9/11.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 19th

Nk scores big with profits from recycling program

September 20, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Recycling pays and North Kingstown has received a big fat check because of it.
Last week, Michael O’Connell, Executive Director for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC), distributed $1,866,562 to 39 cities and towns for profits from the sale of recyclables.
North Kingstown received $63,838.95 and those funds will be used to offset amenities at the town’s transfer station, including the containers in which residents can drop their recyclables off for free and for the free use of compost.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DPUC investigates National Grid

September 19, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, fallen trees knocked out power to many households across the state, including in South Kingstown and Narragansett. As National Grid struggled to bring residents’ homes up to full regular power, many criticized the corporation for its haphazard and lethargic response time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 18th

Tell Me Your Story: Veterans' canteen-style eatery a World War II tribute

September 19, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – All that’s missing at the Quonset Hut Diner is the sound of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” filling the air.
Otherwise, it is a virtual trip back to a World War II USO-style canteen, with low-cost comfort food cooked up in a 2009 Custom Kitchen trailer by an actual veteran.
Laurie Ludwig, 55 and a native of Staten Island, N.Y., served in the U.S. Air Force after earning a degree in education from Wayne College.
“I wanted to teach,” she explains, “but several thousand teachers were laid off that year.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 17th

NK leader Burnham passes on

September 18, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – David R. Burnham, a Republican political force in town for nearly 20 years, a prominent businessman, contracting industry activist and a farmer with deep roots in 4-H and the Washington County Fair, died Monday after a nine-month battle with cancer.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown's hero comes home

September 17, 2011

After walking over 600 miles from Washington D.C. to Ground Zero, New York City to honor the victims and first responders of September 11, 2001, South Kingstown's Joe "Tiger" Patrick has returned home. His remarkable journey has changed him in more ways than he realized when he set out on foot on Aug. 7.

To celebrate and honor Patrick's achievement, his family, friends, and community turned out at the Elks Lodge #1899 on Belmont Avenue Saturday to show their appreciation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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