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Planning board devising new Exeter library site master plan

February 14, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The long-dormant property owned by Kevin Casey, of Connecticut, operating as Exeter Real Estate – once envisioned as a 99-unit development of senior housing called Cobblestone – is being reimagined.
At a recent planning board work session, Casey announced he's “reassessing his plans,” says Town Planner David W. Schweid. “The master plan [for the original Cobblestone] was approved in April 2008” but has never gone forward, leaving the property to become overgrown and weed-choked.
The economy has forced Casey's hand.

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Controversy smoldering on unopened fire academy

February 13, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – It has been six-and-a-half months since the ribbon was cut with enormous fanfare on the ultra-modern Rhode Island State Fire Academy on the grounds of the old Ladd School.
Some firefighters are grumbling because it’s still not open. So are experts scheduled to be part of the school’s faculty.

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Tell Me Your Story: Tom Geismar's career has balanced black and white

February 12, 2012

WEST GREENWICH – When Dr. Thomas Geismar arrived in 2007 to take over as superintendent of the Exeter-West Greenwich district, he was immersed in an entirely different world from the one he’d left.
As a school official in Broward County, Florida – then the fifth largest district in the country – he was the minority; a white face in a system of African-Americans, Jamaican-Americans, Haitians and Cuban-Americans.
“It couldn’t be more diverse,” says Geismar, 62, “and that includes race, gender, lifestyle. We actually had a diversity committee.”

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Celebrating Black History Month: Minority studets blend right in at EWG

February 11, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

WEST GREENWICH – The day after Cris Lopez moved to West Greenwich from Providence’s inner city, his former house was targeted in a drive-by shooting. The attackers returned and broke in, climbing through his bedroom window.
“If we were still there, I would be dead,” he says. “It’s so much safer here.”
He has blossomed at Exeter-West Greenwich High School in the ensuing five years, becoming a star on the undefeated soccer team and a very popular guy who calls himself “a social butterfly.”

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Auger's budget paints grim picture for NK schools

February 10, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown school committee voted 5-2 Tuesday night to submit to the town council a proposed 2012/2013 budget that reflects a four-percent increase. The meeting took a different turn than was expected, however, when Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger became emotional as he presented his recommended cuts.
Committee members William Mudge and Melvoid Benson cast the dissenting votes.

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February 9, 2012

It's Black History Month, the time each year when we as a society reflect on the many contributions African Americans have made and the many ways in which we have overcome the racial divisiveness that once crippled our country.
In this week's Standard Times, we take a look at the issue of diversity through the eyes of current students at Exeter-West Greenwich High School, one of the "whitest" schools in the state.
How has the issue affect us close to home? Are there still stigmas associated with being "different"?

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Politics as Usual: Obama made case for reelection during address [OPINION]

February 8, 2012

This week, Gov. Lincoln Chafee gives his State of the State speech, a companion piece to the budget that will be introduced in the House of Representatives a few hours earlier.
It’s a safe bet that presentation won’t have the air of political theater that Chafee’s old Senate buddy, President Barack Obama, had in his State of the Union address a week ago.

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Council continues TDR study

February 7, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The second phase in the Identification of Village Centers project is complete and was presented to the town council at Monday’s meeting.
The town hired The Horsley Witten Group, Inc. to develop a study that assesses selected areas in North Kingstown that could participate in the Transfer of Development Right (TDR) Program as receiving areas. The findings from the first phase were presented to the council in November.

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School 'martials' forces

February 6, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When you sign on for lessons at Narragansett Bay Budokai, you’re going to learn more than martial arts poses, kicking and self-defenses.
Owner Robert Brenner is also going to instill respect, pride and a sense that being part of a community is important.
For that reason, every student in his school – from the littlest six-year-old, to adults in their 30s – is required to participate in an outdoor benefit for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund on Feb. 12.

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Tell Me Your Story: It wasn't a 'castle' to 17th Century black residents

February 5, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – They slept in the kitchen garret, high under the eaves in a room whose ceiling was so low they had to stoop.
With only two small windows, they sweltered in summer; in winter, they huddled around the stone chimney for warmth.
They were the slaves of Richard Smith Jr. – two men, one elderly woman and five children – and their existence is confirmed in a 1691 property inventory of Cocumscussoc, more commonly called Smith’s Castle.
When Daniel Updike died here in 1757, the slave population had risen to “18 Negroes and a baby.”

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