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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Standard-Times goes into the vault for "Times Past" (Week of 5/17)

May 16, 2012

Today's news is the first revision of tomorrow's history. Times Past provides a look back on past events through the pages of the Standard-Times as a way for us to examine the events that have helped shape the news of today.

Five years ago
May 17, 2007

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Politics as Usual: Supplemental taxes aren’t the worst scenario (OPINION)

May 16, 2012

A 13-percent supplemental tax really stinks.
There is no way around that fact for people who live in Woonsocket, so it is best to just put it out there from the start: After you have paid all your property and automobile taxes for the year, to be hit with a bill for an extra 13 percent and get nothing for it except to balance the city’s books is the rancid cherry atop a crap sundae.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIPA inducts Clayton into HOF

May 15, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Longtime community news photographer Ray Clayton, who passed away last December following an award-winning career with Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (SRIN), was inducted posthumously into the Rhode Island Press Association’s Journalism Hall of Fame. The event occured May 4 during the organization’s annual banquet at the Quonset “O” Club in North Kingstown.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Celebrations of Faith: Heistand named 35th rector

May 14, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Rev. Virginia Heistand, a single mom of three, sits in her sun-drenched, book-filled study in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Beaming, she declares, “Everything in my world has changed in the last three months and it’s wonderful.”
In that timeframe, she has become the venerable Wickford church’s first female full-time minister – although other women have served in interim roles – and, after a career in clergy housing, she has purchased her first home, in rural Hope Valley.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: North Kingstown's Mike Martin finds rugby scrum-ptious sport

May 13, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – If you entered a crowded room – Starbuck’s on Ted Rod Road, say – and were looking for a rugby player whose day job involves setting up massive stage equipment for rock concerts, your eye would immediately fall on Mike Martin.
He is, well, burly and looks as though he could hold his own in a scrum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

These memories of MOM make us LOL

May 12, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

Typically, Mother’s Day is a time to wax sentimental about all the sacrifices our moms made for us and how they established family rituals we recall warmly.
But we all know it’s not so simple. Most moms – no matter how distinguished their public lives or how glowing their history as maternal role models – also have funny little quirks. They do or say things in unforgettable ways that, years later, pop into our minds provoking uncontrollable laughter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee gets nowhere with sports cuts

May 11, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When the North Kingstown Town Council approved its fiscal year 2012/2013 budget last week, what got appropriated for the school department wasn’t what the district had hoped for and now begins the arduous task of making millions of dollars of reductions.
The school committee asked the council for a four percent increase and instead only received two percent.
“I do appreciate the increase,” said Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger. “But we now have to reduce much more than if we only received a four percent increase.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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May 10, 2012

It's Mother's Day and, with that in mind, what better way to celebrate that by sharing tales of mom that we'll never forget?
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you a special feature on several local women and the effect their mother had on them. From the memorable laughs shared to the unforgettable moments that will stick with them for a lifetime, these ladies have plenty to say about the person they affectionately called 'Mom' and you'll love reading all about it.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Curmudgeon's Corner: ‘Buffet Rule’ shows Obama ready for class warfare (OPINION)

May 9, 2012

For the first time in over 25 years, I did not vote in the “presidential preference primary” last month. I don’t know about you but I am already tired of this year’s election.
After months of negative campaigning, Mitt Romney appears to have the GOP nomination sewed up. His attention already is focused on differentiating himself from the incumbent, Barak Obama, who has been fundraising and campaigning at taxpayer expense for over a year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Job Corps team puts best food forward

May 8, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The Job Corps team of top culinary students who won the right to represent Rhode Island in last weekend’s prestigious National ProStart competition in Baltimore, Md. – the only group in the country from the federal program to be selected – may not have earned medals but they returned home victorious nonetheless.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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