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August 29th, 2012

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August 30, 2012

It's been an eventful week in North Kingstown.
As the NK School Department and ESP union tussle over contract negotiations--including a brief work stoppage that delayed the scheduled start of school--tensions between the two sides reached a fever pitch this week, leading many to wonder if the relationship will ever be repaired.
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you the latest news on the topic. In addition, we've got you covered with an exclusive look at the town of Exeter's worry relating to the proposed development near the Rt. 2 and 102 intersection.

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Gilmartin hoping to change things at NK

August 29, 2012

Turning around the North Kingstown football program isn’t going to be
something that can be done overnight.
Joe Gilmartin has never said it was and never made a promise to anyone that this season, his first as head coach of the Skippers, will be easy.
But it is a chance to be a part of something he hopes will be great down the line.
“It takes a long time to develop a new culture,” Gilmartin says. “... There’s a lot of things going on and you have to be able to get people to buy into those things.”

August 28th

Coventry karate studio produces pair of heroes

August 28, 2012

COVENTRY — Two students from USA Karate were able to use what they learned during their training to remain calm and collected as each of them saved a life just days apart.

Sean Lambert, 10, is in his second year of training at the karate school in Coventry and currently holds the rank of purple belt.

He never thought what he learned during those two years would help save his father’s life.

On the way home from a family vacation in Pennsylvania, Sean said the gas tank on the vehicle began falling out.

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BREAKING NEWS: Threat of strike postpones start of school in NK

August 28, 2012

Breaking News: NK Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger has postponed the start of school in the district after talks with the ESP union failed late Monday night. Representatives from the union formed a picket line Tuesday morning in front of the high school and school administration building and say they'll be on hand at tonight's school committee meeting to express their grievances publicly. Stay tuned to the Standard-Times as this story develops.

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August 27th

Construction of new URI dorm unfinished

August 27, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A new $42 million residence hall will not be ready for students to move in next month at the University of Rhode Island.

Construction is not yet complete on Hillside Hall, the university’s newest dormitory. The 120,000 square foot, five story structure was scheduled to house 429 students beginning this fall, who have now been advised to find other living arrangements until the dorm opens in October.

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SK School Committee proposes bylaw changes

August 27, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown School Committee is proposing significant changes to its bylaws, which were reviewed at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The changes will impact the meeting schedule, alter community involvement on subcommittees and solidify the “understanding” that “committee meetings are meetings held before the public but are not meetings with the public.”

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August 26th

Langevin lauds $500K URI grant

August 27, 2012

By ANTHONY aRUSSO
aarusso@ricentral.com

KINGSTON - Rhode Island Second District Rep. Jim Langevin has been very vocal on all topics concerning the nation’s cybersecurity and where it is headed. Langevin, who is co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, recently criticized republican senators for their efforts to block the Cybersecuity Act of 2012, which barley failed to secure the Senate’s two-thirds majority on Aug. 2.

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School committee reaches agreement with charter

August 26, 2012

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho School Committee voted on Tuesday night to unanimously approve and release a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the district and The Compass School, a charter school in Kingston. The MOU provides finality to almost three years of litigation between the two education entities.

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August 25th

NK firefighter families still adjusting to new schedule

August 26, 2012

By TRACEY O’NEILL
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – “They wouldn’t want this for their families,” Beth Cardarelli said. “I wonder if it can get any worse and it scares me.”

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August 24th

Costa recovering after emergency surgery scare

August 25, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Doreen Costa is the local version of the modern woman’s Energizer Bunny, always on the move.
But the Republican state representative who serves North Kingstown and Exeter in the state General Assembly was stopped in her tracks by acute pain on Aug. 2. Today she’s still recovering – and very grateful – after a hasty trip to the hospital resulted in emergency surgery and a cancer scare.

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