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February 27th, 2012

Three floral shops to be sold

February 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Three once-thriving flower shops located in North Kingstown, East Greenwich and on the East Side of Providence are scheduled to be sold at a public mortgagee’s auction at noon on March 5.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI, DEM monitor duck habitats at proposed wind farm site

February 27, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Scientists from both the University of Rhode Island and Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have teamed up to monitor the habitats of sea ducks which may be affected by the wind farm being developed off of Block Island. Both groups, along with a number of other agencies, have implanted satellite transmitters in sea ducks which will monitor their movements and help scientists understand the locations where they live and sustain most frequently.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett School Committee hashes out proposed charter changes

February 27, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The School Committee discussed the proposed charter changes last Wednesday evening which directly impact the school system and its employees. At the upcoming Feb. 27 public hearing, which will be held during the regular town council meeting, amendments regarding school committee size and the term service for members will be presented.

School Committee member Diane Nobles provided a summary of the proposed changes last Wednesday evening, including alterations to the physical structure of the charter amendments as they are seen on the page itself.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 26th

Celebrating Black History Month: African-Americans say civil rights were here all along

February 27, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When James Lynch, an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, was stationed in Germany from 1963-67, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, he and other soldiers of color were unaware of what was going on back home.
“When the bulk of it was taking place, our news was still being censored,” he recalls of the military media including the Voice of America radio station and the Stars and Stripes newspaper. “The true facts only got to us through letters and magazines like Ebony.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 25th

Tell Me Your Story: Mike Abbott has designs on historic architecture

February 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Mike Abbott, 59, grew up near Cincinnati in a little ranch house where he was born.
“I still go back to my own house and sleep in my bed,” he says. “My parents have done it all over and made it into a cute little Victorian house with gingerbread.”
A rural place where “they build about one house every 25 years” seems an unlikely beginning for a man who, as a partner in the Newport Collaborative – now the Northeast Collaborative – has become one of the country’s foremost restoration architects.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 24th

Fire Academy faculty alarmed by insurance news

February 25, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Instructors working under the auspices of the State Fire Academy have been training responders for more than a year without liability insurance – a situation one teacher learned of when he was turned away from Electric Boat in late 2010 because he had no proof of coverage.
“Nobody was ever told,” says one of the teachers, speaking on condition of anonymity, but apparently representing a number of other worried and angry faculty members.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Locals submit variety of bills at deadline

February 24, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Just in time for the ticking Thursday, Feb. 16 deadline, South County legislators have submitted a multitude of bills this year, varying from eliminating unfunded state mandates to banning texting while driving and training a skilled workforce.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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