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Politics as Usual: No one gets arrested quite like an elected official (OPINION)

April 18, 2012

I’m going to be watching the House and Senate Finance committee hearings to see if any more money is being funneled into the ACI kitchen budget. I figure that, at the rate senators and representatives are running afoul of the law these days, legislators are going to have a vested interest in improving the quality of prison food.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Langevin concerned with potential submarine cutbacks

April 17, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – This year marks the first of a five-year plan in which General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) is scheduled to build two Virginia class submarines per year as part of the strategic emphasis on the Asia/Pacific region but the recently released Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP) calls for the purchasing of just one submarine in 2014 and that’s something Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) calls “troubling”.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Injured Exeter waitress making strides

April 16, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

COVENTRY – Very carefully, Audra Willis walks through her garden, showing a visitor where she plans to sow the contents of assorted seed packets.
Her adolescent gray-and-white cat, Larry, tears around, swishing his tail while keeping Willis in sight. It's as if he realizes that Audra's ability to negotiate on her own – no wheelchair, no walker, no cane – is miraculous.
“The doctor gave me a 10 out of 10,” she says, beaming; that's a 100 percent chance of making a complete recovery and returning to work – perhaps even sooner than she had hoped.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: Duffany doesn't plan to flee

April 15, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The town's new animal warden, Holly Duffany – on the job for two months – is earning a degree in criminal justice from New England Tech, hopes to one day become a police K-9 officer, and loves critters so much that she took home a seemingly unadoptable dog that had been in the shelter for more than half its life.
She also just turned 21 and is the youngest animal control officer in the state.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK taxpayers voice concerns over budget

April 14, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the first time this season, members of the public had a chance to speak their mind about the proposed fiscal year 2012/2013 budgets for both the North Kingstown School Department and the town as a whole.
And speak they did.
After a short public hearing on the municipal budget yielded a small turnout, the NK town council reconveyed after an hour-long recess to discuss the school budget with Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger and a large crowd inside the high school auditorium.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

QDC announces plan to remove the red tape

April 13, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A new permitting tool has been implemented within the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) that will streamline the permit process on available parcels of land within the business park.
In a special ceremony Monday morning, QDC officials unveiled the Site-Readiness program, an effort that they say will cut the entire permitting process for a potential business looking to develop one of the 35 remaining pacels in the Quonset Business Park down from years to just 90 days.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview this week's Standard-Times today!

April 12, 2012

Monday night, taxpayers and local residents came out in droves to North Kingstown High School to express their opinion on the upcoming 2012-2013 budgets of both the School Committee and Town Council and, in this week's Standard-Times, we'll bring you all the latest information on what they had to say and how it could affect your bottom line.
Speaking of bottom lines, voters in Exeter turned out Monday to overwhelmingly approve the proposed school budget and we'll let you know exactly what Superintendent Dr. Thomas Giesmar thinks of the reaction.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Curmudgeon's Corner: RI's real estate market is full of good and bad news (OPINION)

April 11, 2012

A recent Sunday edition of the state’s daily newspaper had two back section articles that can be described as “Good News-Bad News”.
First, the good news: “Foreclosures drag down median house price” proclaims a lead story in the real estate section. A condo on chic College Hill went for $105K while a single family house in run-down South Providence sold for $20 thousand. Both of these were properties foreclosed on by the lender or a government agency that backed the mortgage.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Langevin cites Toray's role in rebuilding state's workforce

April 10, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Congressman Jim Langevin continued his Rhode Island Skilled Economy (RISE) tour in North Kingstown Tuesday morning when he visited Toray Plastics where Senior Vice President of Engineering at Toray Plastics, Shigeru Osada provided an overview of the company and how it is helping college students learn about the engineering field.
For the past few months, the RISE tour has taken Langevin to a variety of venues to address closing the skills gap and strengthening the state’s economy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Exeter voters to decide on budget

April 9, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

WEST GREENWICH—A special meeting of the Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee last Monday night was suppose to be a chance for members of the public to sit, listen to and ask questions about the proposed 2012-2013 school budget.
Instead, less than a half-dozen of non-School Committee members showed up and the meeting was over in a total of 21 minutes.
Then again, when you have as straight-forward a budget as EWG does this season, there’s really not much to question.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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