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Fast Ferry addition christened

July 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 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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People in the news: EWG honored

July 10, 2012

AWARDED
n Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School was recently recognized by The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority for its “commitment to financial literacy.”

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Exeter TC passes two resolutions

July 9, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@yahoo.com

EXETER—In a decidedly brisk meeting typical of small town government during the hot summer months, the Exeter Town Council gathered Monday night to briefly discuss a number of routine items and advance communication on a pair of resolutions concerning hot-button statewide issues.
In a 3-2 vote, with members Calvin Ellis and William Monahan dissenting, the council approved a revised resolution regarding the implementation of weapons permits throughout Exeter.

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Tell Me Your Story: Math whiz Erinakes good addition as EWG superintendent

July 8, 2012

WEST GREENWICH – What do you call a guy who is a math whiz with three masters’ degrees; an organizer and program-creator lauded by the state department of education; a person determined to save at-risk students from falling through the cracks?
You call him the new superintendent of the Exeter-West Greenwich School District.

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Wickford Art Festival celebrates milestone this weekend

July 7, 2012

By ANDREW MARTASIAN
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN– Nearly 200 artists from around the country will show their work at the 50th Wickford Art Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In some places around Wickford, the festival has already begun. To celebrate the Festival’s anniversary, several displays of past-year’s artwork are already up at Wilson’s of Wickford and the North Kingstown Free Library.
“It all started right across the street,” said Paul Wilson, of Wilson’s of Wickford.

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Local races shaping up ahead of primary season

July 6, 2012

By TRACEY O’NEILL
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Declaration day has passed and those who are tossing their hats into the proverbial arena have put forth their intentions to run for political office.
September 11, 2012 marks Primary Day, when voters will take to the polls to decide the candidates who will remain alive for the November 6 general election. Both the Towns of North Kingstown and Exeter have a full slate of candidates ready to serve as Town Council and School Committee members.

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July 5, 2012

As the country slowly reacts to the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's big victory in the debate over healthcare, and as Rhode Islanders begin to piece together Governor Chafee's newly-revised Open Record Act, the November elections are slowly but steadily coming together both on a local, statewide and national level.
This week, the Standard-Times brings you an update on all the relevant issues, previewing the September primaries and telling you just who you can expect to see on the ballot when it comes time to decide the makeup of the NK and EWG School Committee and Town Councils.

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