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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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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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Ham, eggs, jonnycakes are staples of May Breakfast

May 7, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Millie Fountain was not in the kitchen of the First Baptist Church of North Kingstown for its traditional May Breakfast last Saturday.
No, in an unlikely scene, Millie was sitting down as the Tower Hill-based Baptists unofficially kicked off the local season wherein churches, fraternal organizations, schools and civic groups produce countless country breakfasts. The Rhode Island custom of gathering for a massive chow-down began in 1867 and has raised funds for a host of projects.

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Local girls 'scout through time'

May 6, 2012

By JAMES BESSETTE
jbessette@ricentral.com

WEST KINGSTON — Early Saturday morning, just as the sun was about to peak over the trees near the flag meadow at Camp Hoffman, hundreds of Girl Scouts – both young and old – from three area communities gathered around to see the American flag get hoisted up the flag pole by the color guard consisting of members of East Greenwich Girl Scout Troop 609.
From there, the scouts recited the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the Girl Scout Promise, pledging to both serve the country and help others in need as scouts.

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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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