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March 1, 2012

Quonset has long been considered one of the economic bright spots of Rhode Island and, this week, Governor Lincoln Chafee was on hand to share news that the Port of Davisville has now been ranked the seventh-largest importer of automobiles in the country.
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you all the information on that milestone achievement for Davisville and update you on a wide variety of school and town issues, including the recently-released audit of the town's 2011 Fiscal Year.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: Contraception issue mroe government interference (OPINION)

February 29, 2012

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar. No doubt you noticed many of us walking around with a smudge of ashes on our foreheads. This marks the start of Lent, the season of self denial, prayer and almsgiving leading up to Easter Sunday on which Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead thereby affirming his divinity and gospel. It also recognizes that we are mortal creatures and that complete happiness cannot be found in material things.

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Three floral shops to be sold

February 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Three once-thriving flower shops located in North Kingstown, East Greenwich and on the East Side of Providence are scheduled to be sold at a public mortgagee’s auction at noon on March 5.

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Celebrating Black History Month: African-Americans say civil rights were here all along

February 27, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When James Lynch, an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, was stationed in Germany from 1963-67, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, he and other soldiers of color were unaware of what was going on back home.
“When the bulk of it was taking place, our news was still being censored,” he recalls of the military media including the Voice of America radio station and the Stars and Stripes newspaper. “The true facts only got to us through letters and magazines like Ebony.”

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Tell Me Your Story: Mike Abbott has designs on historic architecture

February 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Mike Abbott, 59, grew up near Cincinnati in a little ranch house where he was born.
“I still go back to my own house and sleep in my bed,” he says. “My parents have done it all over and made it into a cute little Victorian house with gingerbread.”
A rural place where “they build about one house every 25 years” seems an unlikely beginning for a man who, as a partner in the Newport Collaborative – now the Northeast Collaborative – has become one of the country’s foremost restoration architects.

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Fire Academy faculty alarmed by insurance news

February 25, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Instructors working under the auspices of the State Fire Academy have been training responders for more than a year without liability insurance – a situation one teacher learned of when he was turned away from Electric Boat in late 2010 because he had no proof of coverage.
“Nobody was ever told,” says one of the teachers, speaking on condition of anonymity, but apparently representing a number of other worried and angry faculty members.

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Crash claims the lives of two NK residents

February 24, 2012

By DAVID PEPIN &
LINDSAY OLIVIER

EAST GREENWICH– Thomas Meers had just put his one-year-old daughter back to bed at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning and was about to fall back asleep himself when he heard a horrible noise not far from his home at 403 Shippeetown Road.
“If you put your head against a board and somebody hit a baseball bat across it, that’s what it sounded like,” said Meers, East Greenwich Fire District captain. “I just started getting dressed and ran out. I knew it was going to be bad.”

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February 23, 2012

Tragedy struck this weekend when a pair of local teenagers were killed in a car accident in East Greenwich. This week, the Standard-Times has the story, as well as a look at the victims through the eyes of friends and family members.
In addition, we bring you an exclusive look into the troubles that continue to plague the State Fire Academy in Exeter and wrap up our month-long look into Black History Month.
All that and more in this week's Standard-Times. Pick up a copy on newsstands today!

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Politics as Usual: Rhode Island needs to adopt a sane tax policy (OPINION)

February 22, 2012

The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didn’t seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ain’t going to happen.

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Centenarians reflect on lives worth living

February 21, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – One hundred and eight years ago, the first underground line of the New York City subway opened. One hundred and five years ago, Houdini escaped from chains underwater in 57 seconds. One hundred and three years ago, the average price of a house was $4,500. One hundred and one years ago, gas cost 3.2 cents a gallon and, 100 years ago, China became a republic.
Why are these facts important?

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