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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Standard-Times goes into the vault for "Times Past" (Week of 5/31)

June 5, 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 31, 2007

The Beach Rose Café opened in Wickford Village at 85 Brown Street. The café replaced the old Waterfront Grille that closed in January 2007.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Planning Commission discusses options

June 4, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown Planning Commission engaged in a lengthy discussion Tuesday evening regarding a comprehensive plan amendment that was denied by the Statewide Planning Program that dealt with the Schartner Farms property.
The discussion centered around a March 26 letter from the planning program to the NK Planning Department explaining the denial. The piece of property was originally zoned village-residential and the town changed it to commercial in 2007, which was reflected in the future land use map and zoning ordinance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: Mattscheck man for the job

June 3, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – As the owner of two large dogs including an adopted Rottweiler-mix, Stephen P. “Steve” Mattscheck has a soft spot for animals. He’s also connected to the Exeter Animal Shelter, adjacent to the Department of Public Works (DPW), which he now directs.
“I helped build the facility,” he says of the shelter. “Public Works is already responsible for all the public buildings and grounds and we’ve worked there – replacing windows and doors, making repairs; it was all done in-house.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local man arrested for $20M fraud

June 2, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A North Kingstown resident was arrested early last Thursday morning, along with a New York man, in connection with a $20 million Medicaid fraud scheme.
Gary F. Anusavice, 59, of 229 Potter Road, North Kingstown, also known as “Gary Andrews,” “Gary Andrus” and “Gary Francis,” was arrested at his home on a federal criminal complaint charging him with conspiring to commit health care fraud and making false statements involving federal health care programs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town, fire union claim victory after ruling

June 1, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—From the moment the North Kingstown Town Council passed a highly controversial ordinance forcibly implementing a three-platoon system where town firefighters would work 24-hour shifts every three days, members from both the council and the fire union, North Kingstown Firefighters Association, Local 1651, IAFF, argued that the battle was inevitably heading to court.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview this week's Standard-Times today!

May 31, 2012

The battle between the town of North Kingstown and the North Kingstown firefighter's union is heating up.
Nearly four months after a controversial ruling by the NK Town Council to pass an ordinance mandating a change to 24-hour shifts for the fire department, Judge Brian J. Stern ruled this week that the ordinance violated state law.
So, why did both the town and union claim victory in the ruling? Pick up a copy of this week's Standard-Times and find out.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Politics as Usual: Boy, the state sure struck out with 38 Studios (OPINION)

May 30, 2012

It was already a pretty busy news cycle last week – Governor Chafee’s executive order on gay marriage, the Channel 12 poll on the 1st Congressional district primary and the tussle over Woonsocket’s supplemental tax bill – and then the 38 Studios fiasco came and sucked all the oxygen out of the room.
Really, the only surprising thing about this news is that it seemed to take everyone by surprise.
Just about everyone in Rhode Island, except then-Gov. Donald Carcieri and his pick for EDC honcho, Keith Stokes, said at the time that this deal was irresponsible to the point of lunacy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

At 27,000 square feet, Twisted Throttle hits high gear

May 29, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – You’ve got to hand it to Erik Stephens: he really knows how to throw a party.
Last Saturday, on both his 36th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his company Twisted Throttle, throngs of motorcycle aficionados showed up to celebrate the opening of Stephens’ spectacular new 27,000-square-foot establishment.
The business manufactures, distributes and engages in online sales of all things motorcycle, making it a Mecca for weekend road warriors wanting gear, apparel and hard-to-find parts, some of which require custom production.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Langevin stalls submarine cuts

May 28, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Last month, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) called the news that only one Virginia Class submarine would be built in 2014, rather than the two as planned, “troubling.”
Since the announcement, he had been working tirelessly to change that decision and Friday afternoon that work paid off.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: In Exeter, Walt is doing weiner-ful

May 27, 2012

EXETER – For Walter Linton, there was no better time to be in the roadside hot dog business than last Saturday.
As an inordinate number of motorcycles and cars traveled down Ted Rod Road – either heading toward or returning from the grand opening of Twisted Throttle, on Rt. 3 – drivers suddenly found themselves a little hungry.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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