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Webster's plane passion leads to Banshee restoration

January 9, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When Lawrence D. “Larry” Webster was a child growing up in the woods of Charlestown – in the same house he’s occupied all his life – he spent his days watching planes.
“As a little kid, two years old, my parents would sit me out here and I watched hundreds of aircraft flying out of Quonset and Charlestown,” says Webster, who will turn 65 in February. Both naval air stations remained open until 1974.

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Tell Me Your Story: NK's Zaccaria working to return 'grand' to state GOP

January 8, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – To the casual observer, it appears that North Kingstown has a lock on leaders of the state Republican Party.
On the heels of the departure to Washington, D.C. of Ken McKay IV, a member of the town’s first family of furniture, another local GOP luminary has risen to the top. Only days before Christmas, Mark Zaccaria, 62, was elected chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
On many levels – raising funds, attracting young blood to the party and enticing viable candidates to run for office – the job is a huge challenge.

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NK lost many prominent residents in 2011

January 7, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – As we enter 2012, it’s appropriate to reflect on those who passed from our midst, how their lives changed North Kingstown and the tremendous void they’ve left in the fabric of the community.
In 2011, we mourned the loss of major activists, former government and societal leaders, a long-time resident famous for nurturing animals and the town’s preeminent photographer of nearly 40 years.
All of them left legacies that will be indelibly written in the collective memory. They represented everything good about life in a small place.

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Update: Thompson resigns from NK School Committee

January 6, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown school committee has spent the past month trying to find a way to deal with a significant deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.
Now, they’ll also have to find a new member.,
Committee member Joe Thompson formally announced his resignation effective immediately this week, declaring it officially yesterday at a meeting of the NK Republican Town Committee.

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Preview this week's Standard Times today!

January 5, 2012

It's a new year but, apparently, it's business as usual with the NK School Committee.
Wednesday, Joe Thompson handed in his letter of resignation from the committee and this week, the Standard Times has all the details behind his decision, as well as what the future holds for the School Committee.
In addition, we have all the latest news on a potential proposal to bring a casino to the Quonset area, an update on NK's SSTAR company losing a key state contract and a special look at the new head of the state's GOP Party.
All that and more in this week's Standard Times! Pick up a copy today!

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Curmudgeon's Corner: Happy New Year? Not if these predictions come true (OPINION)

January 4, 2012

At this time of year some folks make New Year’s resolutions. Others try to predict the events of the coming year. Writers of opinion pieces in blogs and newspapers such as me fall into the latter group so here are my prognostications for 2012.
The Super Bowl champions in February will be either the New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers or Atlanta Falcons with the probability being in that order. I don’t know who will represent the AFC but it will not be the Patriots who will lose their first round game again this year.

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BREAKING NEWS: Thompson leaving NK School Committee

January 3, 2012

Breaking News: The NK Standard Times has learned that Joe Thompson will officially resign from the NK School Committee this week. For more on this story, including a letter to the editor from Thompson and a reaction letter from committee chairperson Kim Page, pick up a copy of Thursday's Standard Times.

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QDC lands investment

January 2, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Turn your head for a second and you’ll miss something big in Quonset.
More change is coming to the thriving Business Park with the recently announced $400,000 investment from the United States Commerce Development’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).
The investment to the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) will be used to make roadway improvements. This project alone is expected to create 275 jobs and generate $50 million in private investment.

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Exeter rolls to the rescue

January 1, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Exeter Rescue Corps, located on Ted Rod Road next to the town hall, has a brand new emergency truck parked out front, sparkling like Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels.
It was selected by a committee of the squad’s employees who researched the possibilities, put together specifications and reviewed what was in the marketplace. They came up with an outstanding vehicle costing $150,000 – a terrific bargain considering that many trucks with all the bells and whistles go for as much as $250,000.

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Debate over altered NKFD schedule heating up

December 31, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The battle between the town of North Kingstown and the North Kingstown Firefighters Association, Local 1651, IAFF over a proposed structural change that would require firefighters to work a 24-hour shift every three days—as opposed to the current arrangement of two 10-hour day shifts following by two 14-hour night shifts followed by four days off— has taken a new turn.

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