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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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Editorial: Town's ordinance decision could set a bad precedent

February 4, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the North Kingstown Town Council’s decision to pass an ordinance that will mandate town firefighters work 24-hour shifts every three days beginning on March 1 but what’s ultimately lost in the shuffle of all that discussion is the main issue at hand and, really, the only one that matters.

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Fire union ready to fight town's decision

February 3, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A packed house at the Beechwood Center Monday night listened to impassioned testimony from firefighters, school committee members and spouses as the North Kingstown Town Council opened a public hearing on a revised ordinance that would mandate a scheduling change in the NK Fire Department to 24-hour shifts every three days.

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Preview this week's Standard Times today!

February 2, 2012

To say it's been an interesting week in North Kingstown would be an understatement.
This week, the NK Town Council passed a controversial ordinance restructuring the town's fire department and forcing firefighters to work 24-hour shifts every three days.
In this week's Standard Times, we take a look at the issue and bring you the latest on how the development will affect the NKFD, taxpayers and, ultimately, what type of legal battle could be ahead.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: The concept of 'free speech' still confuses some (OPINION)

February 1, 2012

Jessica Ahlquist has so dominated the media the last two weeks that I am beginning to wonder whether The Providence Journal is the house organ for the ACLU.
Federal Judge Ronald R. Lagueux ruled that a banner that begins with “Heavenly Father” and ends with “Amen” is a violation of 16-year old Jessica Ahlquist’s rights which the judge said is not allowed under the doctrine of separation of state and church under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

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URI sets sights on former students

January 31, 2012

By KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN
kmckiernan@ricentral.com

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island is offering a chance for some former students to return to school and finish what they started.
URI launched the pilot program, “Finish What You Started” this month to give students who completed three quarters of their degree but did not finish an opportunity to complete those last few credits and earn a bachelor’s degree.

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Induction program still a work in progress in RI schools

January 30, 2012

By SHAUN KIRBY
skirby@ricentral.com

PROVIDENCE—Members of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) were on hand this past Saturday to inform school committee members from across the state about Rhode Island’s ‘Beginning Teacher Induction Program.’ Participants of Rhode Island School Committee Association’s annual meeting took in a detailed presentation about the steps Rhode Island schools have taken in transitioning new teachers into the classroom culture and larger community.

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World War II aviator receives hall of fame honor

January 29, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – James R. Henderson was a voracious reader, dedicated gardener and a grower of brilliantly-colored amaryllis, the dramatic houseplant with the tall stems and trumpet-like blooms.
After he retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Captain – his tours included flying out of Quonset – Henderson and his wife, Daphne, retired to the north end of town, near the East Greenwich border. He sold real estate, doted on his three daughters and hung out with buddies who shared his enthusiasm for airplanes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Crowds take to the slopes at Yawgoo

January 28, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – They’ve been making so much artificial snow this season at the Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park that Pati de Wardener hasn’t bothered to keep track.
She’s the human resources director and her husband, Max, is president of the 47-year-old resort that they co-own.
It’s costly when the electricity, manpower and diesel fuel are totaled although, Pati de Wardener notes, “It’s four to five times more durable than natural snow.”

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