June 16th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The new La Strada CafĂ© and Pizzeria in Matunuck will now be able to sell liquor until 10:30 p.m. after the town council approved expanding the number of limited liquor licenses in the town at Mondayâs meeting. Philâs Restaurant on Main Street also received approval for an expansion of its current liquor license to include second floor dining.
HOPE VALLEY -- On June 21, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association will hold a members-only solstice paddle from 6 to 8 p.m.
Graduation is one of the most special and important days in the life of a high school student and, this week, the Standard Times has all your graduation needs covered as we bring you the most in-depth coverage of the events for both North Kingstown and Exeter-West Greenwich High School as you'll find anywhere.
In addition to stories on both ceremonies, we've got tons of photos of locals on their big day and a full list of all the graduates from both of our local towns.
PROVIDENCE -- Boston Red Sox fans will be able to express pride in their beloved team as they drive, while also supporting Rhode Island organizations funded by the Red Sox Foundation.
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo would be well advised not to put too much work into her pension reform plan before a judge rules in the case now before the Superior Court about whether employees who are vested in the pension system have a property right in their promised pension benefits.
I realize the prevailing passion is to say âscrew those state employees and their unions, what part of âthere is no moneyâ donât they understand?â
And that is a fine stance for someone to make a political point or a talk-show rant. But the law is the law and a judge is going to have to go by the law.
HOPKINTON -- The fate of the proposed $24.07 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 rests on the hands of the taxpayers who turn out to the poll today.
KINGSTON—Two teams squared off against each other on the moist soccer field, one in red and the other in green. The play began and it was a game, a real one, as the crowd looked on and cheered. They shouted for their brothers and sons and friends as though a crowd at a bullfight. On this Saturday morning, they cheered for the participants of the Special Olympics.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â After quickly gaining steam over the past few months, the Chariho Regional High School Alumni Association held its inaugural meeting Tuesday, June 7.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The four suspects charged with the burglary, robbery and conspiracy of a South Kingstown home and resident on Feb. 4 were indicted Wednesday.
The Washington County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging Brandon Kluth, 20, of 16 John Chafee Blvd., Newport, Stefon Jenkins, 20, of 18 John Chafee Blvd., Newport, Brittney Flesia, 19, of 18 Barnacle Drive, South Kingstown, and Jaylon Butler, 19, of 201 Rogers Lane, Middletown, each with one count of burglary, first degree robbery and conspiracy. Kluth, Butler, and Jenkins were also charged with one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâNoriko Whittaker is a tiny woman with an enormous voice, as anyone who heard her soaring, heartfelt vocal rendition of âGod Bless Americaâ at the Lafayette Bandâs May 21 âSalute to the Armed Forcesâ concert can confirm.
âI was born with this big voice,â says the native of Hokkaido, Japan, laughing. âMy mother said she could hear my voice from blocks away. She would say, âDonât talk so much outside.ââ