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Tell Me Your Story: New EG clinic's young vet is the 'people listener'

August 18, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – When Keith D. Schoen’s parents treated him to a trip abroad for a high school graduation gift, they went to Scotland where he encountered “the kindest, warmest, most helpful people” imaginable.
After spending a week in Edinburgh, they moved on to Glasgow where he recalls his dad, an eminent New York pediatrician, saying, “Let’s go to the vet school.”

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New Exeter Baptist church was built on beliefs

August 17, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – A dozen people, many wearing paint-stained pants and displaying work-worn hands, sit in the auditorium of the recently-completed Beacon Freewill Baptist Church and reflect on how this place came to be.
It is a church built on the faith and diligence of its members – helped by volunteers from other states –and in completing the project in less than a year, they have amazed themselves.

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Quidnessett roof issues remain unresolved

August 16, 2012

By TRACEY O’NEILL
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The roof at the Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School is still leaking and with the opening of schools just a few weeks away on August 28, teachers and parents are concerned that conditions will deteriorate.

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August 15, 2012

With less than two weeks left before school resumes in North Kingstown, the question on the minds of countless teachers, administrators, parents and students is: Will the roof at Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School be fixed in time for the first day of classes?
It appears that answer is a resounding 'no.'

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Curmudgeon's Corner: Feedback is far more credible with a signature (OPINION)

August 15, 2012

In the years I have been writing this op-ed I recall receiving only two letters and several emails. The latter have been mostly complimentary.
Both letters, on the other hand, were pretty harsh. The first, written back in the second George W. Bush administration, accused me of being a conservative and “a Karl Rove stooge”. The latter charge I found interesting since I have never met or spoken to Mr. Rove and he wouldn’t know me if he bumped into me on the street.

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Langevin dismayed at cyber security bill's defeat

August 13, 2012

By ANTHONY aRUSSO
aarusso@ricentral.com

A bipartisan bill meant to help protect the nation from a cyber attack failed passage by the U.S. Senate last week, much to the dismay of the bill's co-sponsor, Rhode Island Second District Rep. Jim Langevin. The local representative released a lengthy statement detailing his thoughts on this new development.

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New price posted at Schartner's

August 12, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A large banner has gone up across the front of the former Wickford Flowers at 17 West Main St.: “Reduced for Quick Sale.”
The 6,200-square-foot commercial space includes a greenhouse and retail salesroom plus what the new sign calls an “attached two-bedroom luxury residence.”
Once listed for sale or lease at $1.3 million and then lowered to $1.09 million, the price has been slashed and the property is now offered for $949,000 on the website of Prudential Gammons Realty.

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Tell Me Your Story: Rick Bellevance is captain on both land and sea

August 11, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Rick Belavance’s love of the Bay, its bounty – and the great sea beyond – began when he was 10.
“I started out goofing around in Greenwich Bay,” recalls Bellavance, who grew up in Warwick and lives in the North End of North Kingstown. “I walked down from Cowesett and dug shellfish in the area of Chepiwanoxet.” He also ventured out onto the water, piloting his own small craft.
“I had a little skiff my dad gave me.”
His father, Dick Belavance, is a former URI professor of oceanography and life sciences who shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with his son. He still does.

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Exeter seeks addition of town administrator

August 10, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

EXETER—The Exeter Town Council hopes voters have had a change of heart since 2010 as Monday night, during its regular monthly meeting, the council approved a measure to once again ask residents to add a new position in the notoriously small municipal government.
In a 3-1 vote, with member Dan Patterson dissenting, the council agreed to move forward with a ballot question in this November’s election seeking approval to create a town administrator position that will employ someone to handle the “day-to-day operations” of Exeter.

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Exeter firefighters save man from inferno

August 9, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Taylor Flanagan, a volunteer firefighter with Station 4, was still awake at 3 a.m. on July 22 when the emergency radio crackled in his home: A car had flown 20 feet off dark and winding Mail Road, landing upside down in a ravine and catching fire.
Flanagan, who lives nearby, jumped into his truck and raced to the scene.
Meanwhile, in another home off Mail Road, Lt. Scott Gavitt and his son, Scott Jr., were asleep but they, too, quickly heeded the call.
First at the scene, Flanagan could see from the road that the car was ablaze.

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