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December 30th

Town councilman says new districts bad for Hopkinton

December 30, 2011

HOPKINTON - The new district maps that were approved by the Rhode Island Reappointment Commission on Monday, Dec. 19, would have a trickle down affect on most of the state’s 39 cities and towns if passed into law. Hopkinton could potentially see some significant changes, such as the addition of a new town polling location.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 29th

Award-winning photographer Ray Clayton dies at 69

December 30, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ray Clayton, 69, an icon in the world of local news photography who mentored and inspired a generation of youngsters in the newspaper business, has died.
Clayton, who retired in 2008 after 32 years with Southern Rhode Island Newspapers – only to return almost immediately as a regular freelance contributor — lost a brief battle with lung cancer just after midnight on Christmas Day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Donation helps Christmas tradition continue on

December 29, 2011

A group of residents of Stone Ridge Estates continued a Christmas luminaria tradition dating back to 1976 with this year's presentation.

This year's program, which serves as a fundraiser for the East Greenwich Human Services Holiday Food Basket Program, was made possible by donations from residents and a $1,080 donation from Jim Matthews of Matthews Oil.

An estimated 2,600 luminaria were used to decorate curbs, walks and driveways, with donations, participants and luminaria varying somewhat year to year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Village Cafe offers patrons new option for breakfast

December 29, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Anne Steger is hoping to fill a downtown area restaurant gap…and end the tenant-go-round at 431 Main St.

Last Thursday, The Village Café opened at a spot which has seemed somewhat jinxed this year. Steve Filippou’s Twisted Dogs closed there last month after a run of less than two months, while The Sweet Nest, a cupcake shop, lasted only two months earlier this year.

But with the recent closings of downtown diners Jigger’s and Audra’s, Steger is hoping Main Street denizens looking for a new breakfast spot will find their way to her place.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Past year played out true to form

December 29, 2011

Let us lift up our glass, filled with holiday cheer, to the winners, the losers, the events of the year.

What was hot, what was not; the skinny, the dope, the Tweet, from Liz Taylor, to Lohan’s jailer, to the failed Lebron-led Miami Heat.

From “The King’s Speech” to nonsensical ravings of warlock Charlie Sheen,
From the newly-married Royal Prince William, to that divorced Palin teen.
From Navy Seals to shady deals to gas prices higher than the cost of wheels; Aptly-named Weiners to Liberal leaners and everything in-betweeners…

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stopping bullying through speeches

December 29, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Cole Middle School students will have a case to make about bullying in schools when members of its Co-Leaders program visit Eldredge Elementary School next month.

Last week, Phil Goldman came to Cole to help those students present it.
Goldman, producer and host of Livebait, a monthly performance in Providence where people share their stories in six minutes or less, met the students to help polish their presentations and speaking skills.

“I try to shape their speeches, with a good beginning, and help them with concluding it,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Award-winning photographer Ray Clayton dies at 69

December 29, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ray Clayton, 69, an icon in the world of local news photography who mentored and inspired a generation of youngsters in the newspaper business, has died.

Clayton, who retired in 2008 after 32 years with Southern Rhode Island Newspapers – only to return almost immediately as a regular freelance contributor — lost a brief battle with lung cancer just after midnight on Christmas Day.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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