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January 5th, 2012

Preview today's Chariho Times

January 5, 2012

As the new year starts, so does Hopkinton's new police chief. In today's paper, we have a story on Police Chief David Palmer as he takes his new post. A new year also marks the start of a new budget year.

This Saturday the first of several workshops on the school committee budget will be held in the Chariho Middle School Library at 9 a.m. Find out whether the budget is as transparent enough as town councils from the three towns hoped for.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 4th

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local leaders want state to do more with reform

January 5, 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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An artsy day

January 5, 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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School officials, union strike deal

January 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

January 4, 2012

It's the start of the new year. While for some that means new resolutions and new changes, for local towns it means the start of the budget season. This week South Kingstown has two capital improvement program budget work sessions starting tonight. In today's paper, we have a preview story on what that CIP includes.

To break into 2012 and shake off this winter frost, the Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) is starting a new Winter Lecture Series, in which local specialists on the history and natural environment will speak to the public.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 3rd

Curmudgeon's Corner: Happy New Year? Not if these predictions come true (OPINION)

January 4, 2012

At this time of year some folks make New Year’s resolutions. Others try to predict the events of the coming year. Writers of opinion pieces in blogs and newspapers such as me fall into the latter group so here are my prognostications for 2012.
The Super Bowl champions in February will be either the New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers or Atlanta Falcons with the probability being in that order. I don’t know who will represent the AFC but it will not be the Patriots who will lose their first round game again this year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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