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QDC announces plan to remove the red tape

April 13, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A new permitting tool has been implemented within the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) that will streamline the permit process on available parcels of land within the business park.
In a special ceremony Monday morning, QDC officials unveiled the Site-Readiness program, an effort that they say will cut the entire permitting process for a potential business looking to develop one of the 35 remaining pacels in the Quonset Business Park down from years to just 90 days.

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April 12, 2012

Monday night, taxpayers and local residents came out in droves to North Kingstown High School to express their opinion on the upcoming 2012-2013 budgets of both the School Committee and Town Council and, in this week's Standard-Times, we'll bring you all the latest information on what they had to say and how it could affect your bottom line.
Speaking of bottom lines, voters in Exeter turned out Monday to overwhelmingly approve the proposed school budget and we'll let you know exactly what Superintendent Dr. Thomas Giesmar thinks of the reaction.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: RI's real estate market is full of good and bad news (OPINION)

April 11, 2012

A recent Sunday edition of the state’s daily newspaper had two back section articles that can be described as “Good News-Bad News”.
First, the good news: “Foreclosures drag down median house price” proclaims a lead story in the real estate section. A condo on chic College Hill went for $105K while a single family house in run-down South Providence sold for $20 thousand. Both of these were properties foreclosed on by the lender or a government agency that backed the mortgage.

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Langevin cites Toray's role in rebuilding state's workforce

April 10, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Congressman Jim Langevin continued his Rhode Island Skilled Economy (RISE) tour in North Kingstown Tuesday morning when he visited Toray Plastics where Senior Vice President of Engineering at Toray Plastics, Shigeru Osada provided an overview of the company and how it is helping college students learn about the engineering field.
For the past few months, the RISE tour has taken Langevin to a variety of venues to address closing the skills gap and strengthening the state’s economy.

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Exeter voters to decide on budget

April 9, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

WEST GREENWICH—A special meeting of the Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee last Monday night was suppose to be a chance for members of the public to sit, listen to and ask questions about the proposed 2012-2013 school budget.
Instead, less than a half-dozen of non-School Committee members showed up and the meeting was over in a total of 21 minutes.
Then again, when you have as straight-forward a budget as EWG does this season, there’s really not much to question.

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Judge rules schools must get spending approval

April 8, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The battle between the town of North Kingstown and the North Kingstown School Department over which entitity has the right to control the finances of the school district took a new turn last Thursday as Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern issued a writ of mandamus to the school committee that it shall not authorize purchase orders or financial commitments unless it can be proven to the town that there will not be an excess of expenditures, encumbrances and accruals over revenues.

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NK school bond approved

April 7, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown School Department received a bit of good news Tuesday evening as the results of a special referendum showed that a proposed $6.4 million bond for repairs throughout the district was approved by a wide majority.
In a special election Tuesday, voters approved authorizing the town to finance replacements, renovations and related equipment for projects at the area schools, more specially, to replace the failing roof at Davisville Middle School (DMS).

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EWG student taking the fight to sex trafficking in Rhode Island

April 6, 2012

By LAUREN KNIGHT
lknight@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE — Not every 17-year-old takes a public stand on a social issue. Yet Ashley Reese, a senior at Exeter-West Greenwich High School, did just that last Wednesday afternoon at the Statehouse.
Reese, in partnership with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking, spoke before a crowd of people about how, despite laws, the sex trafficking industry can still pull in women and children in Rhode Island.

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April 5, 2012

Ever since the NK School Committee began discussing a special $6.4 million dollar bond issue to repair the roof at Davisville Middle School-in addition to taking care of a number of pet projects-local taxpayers and residents have come out in droves to express their opinion on the matter.
This week, those in favor of the bond won out.
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you the results from that all-day referendum as well as preview next week's vote for the Exeter-West Greenwich School Budget.

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Politics as Usual: RI's favorite drama continues to reach new heights (OPINION)

April 4, 2012

Writing a column like this, it is always a good idea to have a different mix of subject matter each week to keep things interesting for readers. Well, someone please tell that to Central Falls.
That unfortunate municipality just can’t seem to keep itself out of the headlines, so we’ll have to keep discussing it here.
Besides, if you live in Rhode Island and you think what’s going on in Central Falls doesn’t matter to you, then you’ve got another thing coming.

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