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IT consolidation a hot topic in NK

January 13, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Monday night members from both the North Kingstown school committee and town council met to discuss the findings of the Elert & Associates IT Assessment Report discussing the possibility of consolidating the school department and towns IT departments.
The study began last April and concluded in September. Elert had recommended the town take over the school department’s technology department, a move that the consolidation committee “strongly endorses”.

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January 12, 2012

It was a busy week for local government as the NK School Committee and Town Council met Monday night to talk about consolidating IT departments in addition to regular meetings where they both addressed budget issues.
This week, the Standard Times catches you up on all the latest School Committee and Town Council news. In addition, we've got you covered on news regarding the Old Exeter Town Hall building, Electric Boat's latest expansion, plus much, much more.
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Politics as Usual: This year promises to be as big a battle as 2011 [OPINION]

January 11, 2012

n Given the absolutely lousy year he had in 2011, if Gov. Lincoln Chafee suffers a sophomore slump he just might shrink to a little soap bubble and – pop! – disappear altogether.
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo has the exact opposite problem. What’s she going to do for an encore? Somehow I don’t see her retreating to the normal obscurity of the general treasurer’s office.

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NK resident learning a lot from South African fellowship

January 10, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – As the second most populated city in South Africa, Cape Town is becoming quite the popular tourist attraction. And that’s where you’ll find North Kingstown resident Cydnee DeToy, but she’s there for work, not play.
Arriving July 5, DeToy is nearly halfway through a year-long Princeton Fellowship where she’s working for Mothers2Mothers, a non-government organization (NGO) that helps HIV-infected pregnant women prevent the transmission of the virus to their babies.

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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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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.
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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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