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‘We were overwhelmed; we recovered’

January 23, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – When a Verizon substation failed during Tropical Storm Irene, Exeter’s carefully-devised plan for dealing with natural disasters went out the window.
“There was failure of the infrastructure,” acknowledges Stefan Coutoulakis, the town’s emergency management director, who found himself with no emergency phone lines.
The system “is only good as long as we have power. We got overwhelmed; we recovered.”

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Tell Me Your Story: Eagle Scout a Treat for Emergency Management

January 22, 2012

EXETER – Andrew Treat spent 18 months at Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire, before deciding he needed a change.
“I left to find myself,” says the 22-year-old Cranston native who grew up in East Greenwich and graduated from East Greenwich High School. After majoring in radio broadcasting and information technology, it turned out that his true calling was as a first responder.
“In college, they’d started a volunteer fire department on campus. I hadn’t thought of that but one of my roommates mentioned it and said ‘Wow, this is really cool!’”

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NK Pet Refuge takes in six cats after woman's death

January 21, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A half-dozen cats that were abandoned in Apponaug after their elderly owner, known to be a reclusive animal collector, died have wound up at the Pet Refuge on Stony Lane.
According to Donna Hawkins, a Warwick cat expert, the family of the late Pat O'Sullivan arrived from out-of-state, went through the house and then left, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.
Worried that the animals – some of whom are elderly and ill – would be euthanized, Hawkins and a handful of neighbors began tending the animals.

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School Committee readies for court date with town

January 20, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The battle over the North Kingstown school budget continues.
Last December, the school district announced that it is expected to run a deficit for fiscal year 2012. As a way to stop it from getting worse, the town attempted to file a restraining order to halt any spending without prior approval.
Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern informed both the town’s and school’s attorneys that they had a month to work it out on their own. That month would have ended Tuesday but the date has been re-scheduled for Jan. 24.

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January 19, 2012

The battle over the NK School District's budget is heating up.
This week, we bring you the latest news regarding the upcoming court date for the two sides, as well as bring you up to speed on the reductions NK Athletic Director James Marcello is considering making to get under the $30,000 of cuts previously approved by former Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton.
In addition, we bring you a handful of exclusive features this week, including a look at one very special North Kingstown senior who refuses to let a rough start to his life slow down his dreams.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: Thompson's resignation not exactly a surpise (OPINION)

January 18, 2012

I wasn’t surprised by Joe Thompson’s announcement that he is resigning from the North Kingstown School Committee.
I was at the committee’s meeting on December 13th when Mr. Thompson and his sidekick Bill Mudge stormed out of the high school cafeteria. Messrs. Thompson and Mudge were upset at a ruling by Chairperson Kim Page, supported by legal counsel Mary Ann Carroll, that a motion by Dick Welch to reconsider the vote on a $6.4 million bond issue was in order.

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NK's Paul Bailey's helps recreate history

January 17, 2012

By LAUREN KNIGHT
lknight@ricentral.com

WEST WARWICK–Last weekend, the production of Grease at West Warwick High School wowed audiences when a 1946 Ford convertible appeared on stage.
According to MJ Langlais, the administrative assistant at Paul Bailey’s Collision Center in North Kingstown, the feat was accomplished by the collaborative efforts of Paul Bailey’s and the West Warwick Public School department.

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Metcalf students get a taste of the good life

January 16, 2012

By KENDRA LEIGH MILLER
Special to the Standard

PROVIDENCE–It was a dining experience that won’t be forgotten for three students at Metcalf Elementary School in West Greenwich.
Nicholas Petrarca, Rachel Lesinski and Mary Reynolds, students at Metcalf, along with their parents were treated to a three course, gourmet dinner at Gracie’s, an upscale restaurant in downtown Providence Tuesday night.

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Tell Me Your Story: At 82, Kay Cutting is a North Kingstown treasure

January 15, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – If you’re having a diabetic meltdown, as I was last week, the place you want to be is Kay Cutting’s house.
At 82, her career as a professional dietician kicks in and, before you know it, there’s a glass of orange juice and a turkey sandwich in front of you.
Let’s all agree: Kay is a treasure.
Born on a farm in Lafayette, Katherine Harris Cutting says her parents’ dedication to helping others inspired her own life. “I had wonderful parents. They had a strong faith and their motto was ‘care, share and show your love.’”

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School committee begins discussing '13 budget

January 14, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – “You’re not going to like what I’m about to say, but first and foremost, let me tell you that this isn’t what I want and it hurts me deeply.”
Those were the words spoken by school superintendent Dr. Philip Auger at Tuesday’s school committee budget meeting in reference to the 2012/2013 budget.

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