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Rural business grant to benefit local farms

July 19, 2012

By TRACEY O’NEILL
Special to the Standard

SOUTH KINGSTOWN– Congressman James Langevin, (D - RI), and local agriculture leaders converged this week to discuss receipt of an $85,000 grant by the Rhode Island Center for Agriculture Promotion and Education, (RICAPE), garnered to provide much needed funding for agri-tourism.

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July 18, 2012

Have you ever walked by a car on a hot summer day and seen an animal inside looking less than comfortable?
If so, you're not alone. In fact, what seems like a simple idea (Don't leave animals in hot cars) is one that has caused a lot of debate recently.
In this week's Standard-Times, we show you the dangers of such behavior and bring you tips on how to keep your animals cool all summer long.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: Health care decision will degrade quality of care (OPINION)

July 17, 2012

The recent U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision upholding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -a/k/a “Obamacare”- is constitutional has been both praised and vilified. The non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation claims that health care costs will be curbed when the law’s provisions become fully effective in 2014. Conversely, a partner with a New York City law firm specializing in employer benefit plans says, “As more of the requirements [of health care reform] develop, the cost of insurance will go up.”

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Decor store moves to Quonset door

July 16, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Shops at Quonset Point, at the gateway to the redeveloped former Navy base, is adding a major anchor store at the corner nearest Post Road.
The New Boston Fund, Inc., a Boston-based private equity real estate investment, development and management firm, has leased 22,000 square feet of retail space to HomeGoods, Inc., a popular national chain featuring discounted interior design products and accessories.

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Campaign 2012: Ehrhardt running for re-election on his record

July 15, 2012

By TRACEY O’NEILL
Special to The Standard

State Representative Laurence W. Ehrhardt says he will be running on his record, with an eye toward resolving the issues that remain outstanding from past administrations and getting the job done.
“It’s a continuation of the work I’ve been advocating for over the last eight years,” Ehrhardt said.
Ehrhardt spoke as to the frustration with bi-partisan politics as a causal effect stagnating growth and opportunity. “

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Market blossoms at Casey Farm

July 14, 2012

By TRACEY O’NEILL
Special to the Standard

Sizzling into summer, the Historic Casey Farm in Saunderstown is turning the tide for Grow Local campaigns. Set seaside, overlooking Narragansett Bay, the 300 acre farm plays host to the weekly Coastal Grower’s Market, a consortium of Rhode Island farms and vendors providing a wide variety of organic produce, plants, flowers, meats, shellfish and local wares for sale. In operation on the farm for eight summers, the market boasts 30 weekly vendors.

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Fast Ferry addition christened

July 13, 2012

By ANTHONY aRUSSO
arusso@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Many spectators and local leaders gathered at the Rhode Island Fast Ferry dock in Quonset for the Christening and maiden voyage of a brand-new vessel that will be used to carry passengers from Quonset to Martha’s Vineyard.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry President Charles A. Donadio Jr. said that the ship, which he named the Ava Pearl after his eldest daughter, is one of the most technologically advanced of it’s kind in the entire country.

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Warm weather at Wickford Art Festival tough for artists

July 12, 2012

By ANDREW MARTASIAN
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN - The heat didn’t deter everyone from visiting the Wickford Art Festival last weekend. However, long-time participants of the 50-year old festival noted that there were fewer people and sales than in years past.
“The heat is just killing the show,” said Jim Murphy, a 20-year veteran of the festival.
Jeanne Pierce, who was showing at the festival for the third time, said she only sold one piece on Saturday.
Pierce, like many artists, blamed the heat for reducing foot-traffic near their booths.

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July 11, 2012

It's summer and that means two things in North Kingstown: warm weather and the Wickford Art Festival.
This week, we recap last weekend's festivities in what proved to be very trying conditions for both artists and patrons alike.
In addition, we've got you covered on all the Campaign 2012 news, with a special story on Rep. Lawrence Ehrhardt's reelection bid.
Plus, we bring you the latest news on the christening of the newest boat within the Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry and update you on a special bill signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafeee to serve Rhode Island's homeless.

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Politics as Usual: Caleb Chafee learned a valuable lesson about life (OPINION)

July 10, 2012

I never wanted to write about Caleb Chafee and his now celebrated graduation party on Memorial Day.
Fortuitously, I had a couple of days off right at the time the “news” broke, so I didn’t have to cover it. Were I on the job, I still may have decided to write about something else because I didn’t – and still don’t – consider it news.

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