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March 14, 2012

For generations, the Girls Scouts have been one of the largest organizations for young girls in Rhode Island, teaching various life lessons and providing opportunities that would not exist other wise.
This week, we profile the organization as it celebrates its 100th anniversary and take a special look back at its roots in and around North Kingstown, it's current ties to the community and some of the most prominent women to come from the organization.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: The double standard is alive and well this election (OPINION)

March 13, 2012

“Bastard” is a word most often used as a pejorative when referring to a person –usually a male- with whom we disagree. Many people regard it as a “swear word”. The dictionary defines bastard as “an illegitimate child” or “born of unwed parents”.
Of course, political correctness precludes our use of this word in reference to any child. I suspect the reasons why are that today 50 percent of women under 30 years of age who give birth are unmarried and two out of three children of color are born to single mothers regardless of age.

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Team Lenny and Ed are bump-drafting in Exeter

March 13, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – When Ted, the enormous and friendly Percherson draft horse – who, with his brother, were stars of Wickford’s Christmas Festival of Lights and other local hayrides – died suddenly in mid-December of 2011, his owners, Jack and Julie Kliever were bereft.
Julie admits that she was so distraught by Ted’s loss she wasn’t sure she wanted to continue with their horse-drawn carriage and hayride business known as New Deal Farm. It was Jack who convinced her to go forward

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Exeter Town Council asks for legislator’s help

March 12, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

EXETER—The continuing debate over whether or not the town clerk of Exeter should be required to hand out gun permits reached a new level Monday night as the Exeter Town Council voted, 3-2, to pass a resolution on to state legislators asking Rhode Island to revise its current law and grant Exeter an exception.

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Tomaquag Museum ready to teach its own curriculum

March 11, 2012

By LAUREN KNIGHT
lknight@ricentral.com

EXETER — Tomaquag Memorial Indian Museum recently announced the completion of a curriculum, geared for middle schools, to give the history and significance behind some of the Narragansett and Niantic tribes’ stories and legends.
The curriculum, available to public, private and even home schools, is based on the film “Places, Memories, Stories and Dreams: the Gifts of Inspiration,” and tells six traditional Native American stories by Paulla Dove Jennings, a nationally-known storyteller.

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North Kingstown teacher lands Golden Apple award

March 10, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the second time this year, a North Kingstown teacher has been awarded the Golden Apple Award by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Commissioner Deborah Gist and WJAR 10’s Patrice Wood.
The recipient is NK High School special education teacher Christine Healy and, according to those working closest to her, it’s a well-deserved distinction.

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NK students getting ready to cut loose

March 9, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – What if dancing and rock music were banned in your town? How would you handle it?
For a group of teens in 1980’s Illinois, rebellion and rule-breaking was the way they dealt with it in the 1984 movie Footloose. This weekend, the movie comes to life when the North Kingstown High School music department presents the musical in four performances.

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March 8, 2012

This weekend, members of the North Kingstown High School music department will present their rendition of the classic movie "Footloose".
In this week's Standard-Times, we bring you an inside look at the production and show you how the students relate the classic tale to life in high school today.
Speaking of the high school, special education teacher Christine Healy was recognized last week by WJAR Channel 10 for her efforts in the classroom and the Standard-Times has all the info.

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Politics as Usual: Polls show Cicilline is going to need to accept blame (OPINION)

March 7, 2012

Like the guy in Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If,” Congressman David Cicilline seems to be keeping his head while all about him are losing theirs and blaming it on him.
Cicilline told me over the weekend: “I am going to do the only thing I know how to do and that is work hard every single day to represent the constituents in my district and do things that I think will improve the lives of the people that I serve.”

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Roberts Health Centre turning 30

March 6, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A staple in the community that has been offering rehabilitation and short and long-term nursing care to area residents, Roberts Healt Centre will be celebrating a milestone next month as it turns 30 years old.
No party is planned and according owner Richard Catallozzi, it’ll be “business as usual”. The Ten Rod Road Centre doesn’t advertise and attributes its success to referrals and word of mouth. The 66-bed facility employs between 85 to 90 staff members and, Catallozzi said, there’s no intention of expanding.

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