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Local reps react to new state budget

June 18, 2012

By TRACEY O'NEILL
Special to the Standard

The State Senate passed an $8.1 billion budget on Monday, sending the fiscal spending plan on to Governor Chafee for signature. Passed by the House after its own marathon session ended at 3:37 a.m. last Friday, the budget includes increased spending for education to local schools in excess of $30 million as well as a boost for the developmentally disable--both areas effected by prior cuts.

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Tell Me Your Story: Skyraider pilots reminisce before thrilling flyover ride

June 17, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When he was leaving his home in Wakefield on Saturday, Brigadier General (Ret.) Joe Waller’s friends asked why he was so dressed up.
“I’m going to see the love of my life,” he replied.
His wife had no reason to worry. Waller was headed to North Kingstown where he would join others at the Quonset Air Museum who had gathered to welcome home the Skyraider A-1E, a plane he piloted for the Navy in the mid-1960s.

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Special ops jumpers, classic planes star in Air Show

June 16, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – As a row of veteran fliers, family members and members of the Quonset Air Museum lined a chain-link fence in front of the nearby Quonset State Airport on Saturday, a single-engine plane with a checkerboard nose, stars on its wings and the word NAVY on its side blasted into action.

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Exeter voters pass budget with little debate

June 15, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

EXETER—The Exeter Financial Town Meeting has, in years past, been a knock-down, drag-out affair of butting heads with lively personalities willing to hold debate for hours over even the slightest of increases in the town’s budget.
This year, the only thing voters couldn’t agree on was just how quickly they wanted to get out of the annual gathering.

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Preview this week's Standard-Times today!

June 14, 2012

Graduation is one of those life events that everyone remembers and it's with good reason. The culmination of four year's of hard work, that one day is a highlight for untold students across the country.
This week, the Standard Times brings you on the scene of this year's graduation ceremony for North Kingstown High School.
In addition, we bring you an exclusive look into Exeter's Financial Town Meeting and preview this week's Quonset Air Show.
All that and much, much more in this week's Standard-Times. Pick up a copy today!

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Politics as Usual: 38 Studios debacle has been Chafee's finest hour (OPINION)

June 13, 2012

Lincoln Chafee has had some stumbles in his first term as governor, but his performance handling the 38 Studios debacle has been his finest hour.
To put it in video game terms, he picked up the sword and shield and went out to tame the fire-breathing monster before it could do further harm to the citizenry. If he didn’t exactly save the day, he at least minimized the damage.

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Wickford gears up for 50th festival

June 12, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Wickford Art Festival (WAA), one of the most prestigious festivals in New England with over 400 artists scheduled to exhibit their “best of the best."
Many events are planned to mark the occasion as early as next weekend. But the events can’t begin without knowing how it all began.

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Beechwood: Grow where you're planted

June 11, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – What do you get when you combine members of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, graduates of the URI Master Gardeners program, a trio of landscape professionals, Plum Beach Garden Clubbers and a batch of cheerful volunteers?
In the wrong hands, you could have too mulch of a good thing. Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

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Tell Me Your Story: Ex-cop Hornoff's group serves and protects wolves

June 10, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The sound of a wolf’s soulful song to the skies fills the air in Dave Hornoff’s cozy cabin on Pojac Point. It is coming from a video playing on his laptop.
No, wait! It’s coming from his gorgeous Australian shepherd Cheney (for Lon, the actor, not Dick, the heartbeat-away-from-the-presidency guy.)
Wait! It’s coming from Dave’s cell phone.
Oh, good grief. It’s coming from all three. At once.

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Stephanie Andersen runs toward med school

June 9, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—When North Kingstown senior Stephanie Andersen learned, in her sophomore year, she ranked second in the class of 2012, she knew the rest of her time in high school could be spent either chasing the top spot or accepting that every aspect of your life can’t be controlled.
“As a sophomore I was really proud of [second place] and I definitely wanted to keep that spot,” she recalls. “But after a while, I just had to let go and realize you can only do your best and see where it goes from there.”

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