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July 17th, 2011

Plum Beach Lighthouse plate receives national honor

July 18, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Plum Beach Lighthouse license plate, with its handsome rendering of the historic fireplug-style beacon, has been voted the first runner-up in a national contest sponsored by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
Dave Zapatka, president of Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse, says the plate was nominated in early March and by mid-April he was informed of the honor.
“It was the best finish for a specialty plate,” he notes. “There had never been one in the top five.”

Rep. Walsh brings good news to town

July 17, 2011

CHARLESTOWN - Rep. Donna Walsh (D - Dist. 36) was on hand at the Charlestown Town Council meeting Monday night to update the council on any new state legislation that is going to directly impact the town.
It was mostly good news for Charlestown.

Wakefield lawyer Nazareth sentenced to three years for embezzlement

July 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN- The Wakefield lawyer charged with embezzling almost half a million dollars from his clients in 2008 was sentenced to three years in prison for forgery, counterfeiting and embezzlement.

July 16th

Tell Me Your Story: Andrew Correia: Reverence is the key to his calling

July 17, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The voice answering the phone at The Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home in Wickford is deep, warm and confident. It belongs to the youngest managing funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island, Andrew Correia.
He is 23 and, in every way, remarkable.
“Since I was a young boy I have always been interested in the funeral profession: the pomp and circumstance, the beautiful black cars from the fleet, and the mystique of it all,” he says. “I’ve worked at funeral homes since high school. I’ve always been an old soul.”

Special election to fill vacant council seat

July 16, 2011

HOPKINTON - There will be a special election held on July 26 to choose a new member of the Hopkinton Town Council. One seat on the town council is currently vacant, and has been since the resignation of council member Jonathan Osborne in April.

SK Council seeks meeting with school committee

July 16, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town council seeks a meeting with the school committee to discuss next year’s financial outlook after the school committee accepted the Reconfiguration Committee’s recommendation to make four equal neighborhood schools and move the pre-school program.
The council voted to direct six possible dates to convene with the school committee through the end of August.

July 15th

Art Festival a big draw in Wickford

July 16, 2011

By LILLIAN DUNNING
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It was a triumphant weekend for the Wickford Art Association.
By the close of the 49th annual Wickford Art Festival on Sunday evening, exhibitors, attendees and organizers all shared a sense of relaxed satisfaction in the success of this year’s event.
A yellow-shirted Festival Staff member commented that “A lot of people have been coming up to the Information Booth with compliments, saying it’s the best year yet. When they take the time to seek you out and tell you this, you know they really mean it.”

Narragansett resident Flynn pens new children's book

July 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – Many parents enjoy reading bedtime stories to their children. Yet, naval officer and Narragansett resident Robert Flynn took reading to his children one step further; he actually wrote and published a book for them and for any other child who wishes to read about the adventures of Lucky McGuire, the spirited navy jet with big dreams.

A new identity for committed couples

July 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Wakefield attorney, Debra L. Chernick, was lost for words until her life partner resolved a household catastrophe one year ago and she blurted out that he was as wonderful as any para-hubby could be.

From her experience and this domestic interaction came the word Chernick was looking for to resolve and give meaning to a situation that many couples face; Para-Kin.

According to the word's creator, “para” means to support or to stand next to, such as para-legal or para-medic might do professionally.

Environmental Day salutes those who protect our natural resources

July 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Environmental Day is coming to the Narragansett Town Beach. This Saturday, July 16, the Town of Narragansett and Rhode Island Rivers Council will be sponsoring multiple activities on the beach in order to raise awareness about the ocean’s resources and how to use them in a safe, environmentally conscious manner.

 

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