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Driscoll proud of her time with Chamber

March 26, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – After 24 years of building up North Kingstown as a community-based town, Karla Driscoll, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, has retired.
Somewhat.
March 9 was her last day before she retreated to Savannah, Ga., on a planned vacation. Her retirement had been months in the works and, she said, this was the best time to do it.

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Planning Board gives busy council draft regulations

March 25, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – After 10 months of intensive work, last week the Exeter planning board presented the town council a working draft of regulatory changes that will be needed before the village concept introduced in “A Vision for Exeter” proceeds.
The council received the proposal – including updates of rules pertaining to zoning, land use and future development rights – at a joint work session and while voicing appreciation for the board's hard work, said there's no time right now to study or act on the recommended updates.

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Tell Me Your Story: Relentless, Abby the bloodhound is on the right track

March 24, 2012

JAMESTOWN – As so often happens, I have been drawn to the story of someone with four legs. In this case, that subject has a partner with two legs and they are gaining national acclaim.
They are Abby – Rhode Island's first certified search-and-rescue bloodhound who is part of the Rhode Island K9 Response Team and is certified by the American Mantrailing Police and Work Dog Association, in Indiana– and her owner LuAnn Botelho, a master handler and instructor.

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NK gearing up for 12th-annual Spirit Day

March 23, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Saturday will mark the 12th anniversary of Spirit Day, a fun filled day celebrating the North Kingstown community.
All festivities will be held at North Kingstown High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spirit Day is a mix of community health-related, social, civic and business entities and entertainment. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK Council approves preliminary budget

March 22, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Members of the North Kingstown Town Council, along with the town clerk and other town staff, spent over five hours meeting with town department heads to go through all the individual budgets for fiscal year 2012/2013 Monday afternoon and, in a unanimous vote, approved the town manager’s preliminary budget of $98,995,928.

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Preview this week's Standard-Times today!

March 21, 2012

It's budget season in NK and Exeter!
In this week's Standard Times, we bring you the latest information on NK Town Manager Michael Embury's preliminary budget and let you know what programs/departments you can expect to receive more or less than ever before.
In addition, we bring you the latest on a farm fire on Tower Hill Road, introduce you to the new mascot of Wawaloam Elementary School and give you an exclusive update on the Vision of Exeter project.
All that and much, much more in this week's Standard Times. Pick up a copy today!

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Politics as Usual: Bankruptcy is far from a good option for RI towns (OPINION)

March 20, 2012

Back before it became a cliché, Michael Douglas’ stemwinding speech in the Oliver Stone movie “Wall Street” was a memorable and oft-quoted piece of cinematic oratory, flowing from its iconoclastic catchphrase, “Greed is good.” (Actually, what Douglas’s amoral financier Gordon Gekko said was, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”)
The very audacity of it! This guy is saying greed — one of the seven deadly sins, for Pete’s sake! – is good and worthwhile; valuable, even. That’s certainly a whole new way of looking at things, isn’t it?

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Council discusses report on Featherbed Lane repairs

March 19, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – During the spring 2010 flood, North Kingstown sustained heavy roadway damage and thousands of homes in the area suffered flooded basements.
Even though it’s been two years since that event, many residents are still feeling the effects.
None more so than the residents of Featherbed Lane, which is located on the crest of dam that gave out and is still closed to traffic.

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Geismar resigns as EWG superintendent

March 18, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

WEST GREENWICH – After five years as superintendent of the Exeter-West Greenwich school district, Dr. Thomas Geismar announced this week that he will resign from his position at the end of the school year.
A 62 year-old grandfather of two, Geismar said he and his wife will be moving to northern Florida to be closer to their three children and he will leave with a lifetime of knowledge and great accomplishments under his belt.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: Longtime member Carol Perry is at home in the Grange

March 17, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Carol Freeborn Perry has been a Grange member for more than 40 years, watching the agrarian organization evolve from a socio-political force into an entity deeply committed to community service activities.
Like the gardens in her backyard on Ten Rod Road, Carol's roots run deep in the consortium founded in the midwestern farm belt in 1867 as the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry.

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