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Patterson denies any wrong-doing

November 23, 2010

EXETER—As an incoming Town Councilman for the Town of Exeter, the last thing Dan Patterson wants to do is ruffle any feathers or stir trouble in his community … at least before he’s officially sworn in anyway.
Unfortunately, that’s no longer an option.

Council approves iPad purchase

November 23, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – In an effort to save money on printing paper, the town council unanimously approved the purchase of six Apple iPads and two spares for a cost of $8,000 to be paid for out of the Town Council Contingency Fund.
Five of the iPads will be for the five members of the council and one for the town clerk and will not be allowed for personal use. It’s expected that the iPads will save approximately $18,000 annually in printing, paper, consumables and staff costs for the thick stack of paper information packets that are sent to council members every meeting.

See what you're missing in this week's Standard Times

November 23, 2010

It's Thanksgiving Day in Rhode Island and what better way to celebrate than with turkey, ham and a copy of this week's Standard Times newspaper?
This week's Standard Times features a story on a local man from North Kingstown's whose short story, entitled November Christmas, was recently turned into a movie for Hallmark and will air this weekend on CBS.

Community mourns passing of Briggs

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The founder of Allie’s Donuts and Allie’s Tack and Feed Shop on Quaker Lane, North Kingstown, Frederick Alvin “Allie” Briggs, Jr., 82, passed away Nov. 12 in Florida. He’s being remembered as a hard working businessman who lived for his community and family and who taught his seven children the value of a hard days’ work.
Briggs retired from the donut and tack business in 1986 and moved to Polk City, Fla., with his wife Lucile.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.

Local businesses not worried about Four Loko ban

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN—They’re the talk of everyone from radio shock jocks to state congressmen, a hit on college campuses from coast to coast and the target of an United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation, but if you want to find a can of the popular Four Loko caffeinated alcohol drink around the North Kingstown area, you’ve got to go searching high and low, through brand after brand, as they sit inconspicuously buried on a shelf inside of a refrigerated case at Kingstown Liquor Mart.

NK buses may soon feature cameras

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association: Fatality Analysis Reporting System, school buses are the safest motor vehicles on the road and are estimated to be 70 percent safer than passenger cars, light trucks and vans.
But the most dangerous part is getting on and off the bus and, with that in mind, the North Kingstown School Committee is considering adopting a new camera monitoring system that could make the town’s school busses that much safer.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.

No one injured in pair of North Kingstown fires

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – No injuries were reported in two overnight fires that kept North Kingstown firefighters busy Sunday evening and early Monday morning.
Sunday evening, fire personnel responded at 6:02 p.m. to 177 Seabreeze Drive, North Kingstown, when a neighbor called in to report a possible structure fire. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the fire was located on the front of the house in the electrical meter.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.

Manton Madison refuses to let age or diabetes slow him down

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Manton Madison lives in the north end of town, on the historic Tockwotten Farm which has been in his family for generations.
“I grew up on the farm,” he says. “We’ve lived here forever.”
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.

New location, same great service at Gold Lady

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For 30 years Charlie Phillips, owner of Gold Lady Jewelers on Brown Street, gazed longingly at the bank across the way.
“Wouldn’t that make a beautiful jewelry store?” he recalls asking himself.
Now he knows the answer.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.

Power surge at Lafayette results in loss of over 30,000 trout

November 18, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Early last Saturday morning, Department of Environmental Management (DEM) officials learned that 30,000 rainbow brook and brown trout had died as a result of a power surge at DEM’s Lafayette Trout Hatchery, 424 Hatchery Road, North Kingstown.
DEM believes that an electrical surge occurred which caused two of the three pumps at the hatchery to stop working. The pumps distribute cold water throughout the “outdoor raceways”, bringing oxygen and the correct level of water flow needed for the fish to survive.

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