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Council wants to amend code for troubled shelter

May 5, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – On Monday, exactly one week after a work session drew a packed audience angry about various issues at the Exeter Animal Shelter – including the euthanization of two pit bulls – the town council introduced a proposed amendment to the ordinances governing animal issues that would put the public works director in charge.

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After debate, NK adopts 2013 budget

May 4, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – After months of town council meetings, joint meetings with the school committee and hearings from the public, the North Kingstown Town Council unanimously approved a budget of $95,607,925 for the 2012/2013 fiscal year Tuesday evening, an increase of $2,708,102 from t2011/2012.
The tax levy will go from $17.26 to $17.53, a 2.08 percent increase with will yield an average annual increase of $90 per household.

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May 3, 2012

The ongoing controversy over the Exeter Animal Shelter continued this week as the Exeter Town Council proposed an ordinance to put the director of public works in charge of the troubled shelter. In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you exclusive details of the latest shelter-related developments and bring you up to speed on the NK Town Council's decision to increase the school department's budget by two percent, instead of the four-percent requested, and how that will affect the district.

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Politics as Usual: Switch to the popular vote? Not so fast, folks (OPINION)

May 2, 2012

Every presidential year, it seems, a debate starts up about the curious constitutional custom of the Electoral College.
Because the Founding Fathers were scared silly about putting real power in the hands of the great unwashed (which, to be fair, was significantly illiterate, ill-informed and unfamiliar with the whole concept of self-government in the late 1700s), they concluded that the states would elect presidents rather than having a popular vote of the citizens.

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NK names its police officer, firefighters of the year

May 1, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Every year the North Kingstown Rotary Club, honors a North Kingstown police officer and firefighter of the year. This year’s honorees included an two-time winner of the award and a group of 10 firefighters who assisted in a confined-space rescue of two men.
Detective Sergeant Jeffrey St. Onge previously received the police officer of the year award in 1999 after responding to a stand-off on Bea Drive in town and in 2007 when he was working on internet fraud and embezzlement cases where he was able to uncover over $100,000 of fraud within the town.

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Costa fighting Board of Governors

April 30, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Last September, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education approved a controversial bill to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at the state’s colleges and the University of Rhode Island.
If Rep. Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown and Exeter) has her way, however, that bill will soon be repealed.

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'Garden' delights quilt show visitors

April 29, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A wet rainy weekend couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 1,200 visitors to the Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association’s “Garden of Quilts” show held Saturday and Sunday at North Kingstown High School.
Using a theme of nature, veteran and novice quilters created traditional flower gardens of fabric, bits of paradise that included birds and animals as well as farm scenes and collections of cotton-printed vegetables.

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Animal Shelter controvery erupts in Exeter

April 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – What was to have been a typically dull town council work session on the budget Monday night often devolved into a shouting match over the firestorm of controversy engulfing the Exeter Animal Shelter.

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Train service returns to NK on time

April 27, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – North Kingstown is now officially home to commuter rail service and, if you ask the state and local officials or members of the public that attended Monday morning’s grand opening of the Wickford Junction Commuter Train Station, most would say it’s all because of the vision and persistence of one local businessman.

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April 26, 2012

After nearly two years of anticipation, the Wickford Junction Train Station opened Monday to much fanfare. This week, we bring you all the information you need on the new commuter rail, plus tell you what local, state and national dignitaries had to say about the new station and its potential impact on South County.
In addition, we bring you an in-depth look at a brewing controversy in Exeter as the euthanization of a pair of pitbulls has caused a tide of outrage in the community.
All that and much, much more in this week's Standard-Times. Pick up a copy today!

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