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January 5th, 2012

Hopkinton Police Chief Palmer sworn in

January 5, 2012

HOPKINTON - The meeting chambers of the Hopkinton Town Hall were at capacity on Tuesday night, filled with people there to see new Chief of Police David Palmer get sworn into his new post.

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January 5, 2012

It's a new year but, apparently, it's business as usual with the NK School Committee.
Wednesday, Joe Thompson handed in his letter of resignation from the committee and this week, the Standard Times has all the details behind his decision, as well as what the future holds for the School Committee.
In addition, we have all the latest news on a potential proposal to bring a casino to the Quonset area, an update on NK's SSTAR company losing a key state contract and a special look at the new head of the state's GOP Party.
All that and more in this week's Standard Times! Pick up a copy today!

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Local leaders want state to do more with reform

January 4, 2012

The heavy lifting’s not over on Smith Hill.

While the state General Assembly took a major step toward easing the state's pension crisis with the reforms passed in November's special session, following up on those measures in the 2012 session will be crucial, state Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35) and state Rep. Robert Watson (R-Dist. 30) said last Friday, four days before the new session began.

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An artsy day

January 4, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Only a caring teacher, in the guise of helping the only boy surrounded by five girls, can sound perfectly natural when saying, “Robert, I think you might want your horns a little bigger.”

That would be monster horns; made to resemble a beast from “Monster’s, Inc.” On Robert’s funky fleece hat, which he was making to adorn his mannequin head.

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School officials, union strike deal

January 4, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — School officials and the union representing support staff have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with the help of mediation.

The three-year agreement, giving paraprofessionals two-percent annual raises in exchange for increased health care co-payments, will save the school district $51,742 over the life of the contract, Maryann Crawford, director of administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night.

The union’s contract expired last June, and a mediator was called in after the two sides reached an impasse, she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Drug report doesn't tell all

January 4, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Aside from one teen drinking party that produced 26 arrests, there's little change in the raw numbers compiled in the East Greenwich Drug Program's Mid-Year Report for the period of July 1 to Dec. 19, 2011.

However, Bob Houghtaling, town substance abuse prevention coordinator, admits he worries about a subject not reflected yet in the numbers: abuse of prescription medications.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Redistricting change only minimal for EG

January 4, 2012

A relative status quo in state Senate redistricting is fine by East Greenwich officials.

Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich) will take it, too, considering the alternatives he faced. Still, the first-term senator will have plenty of new voters to introduce himself to if he hopes to win re-election.

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