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Crash claims the lives of two NK residents

February 24, 2012

By DAVID PEPIN &
LINDSAY OLIVIER

EAST GREENWICH– Thomas Meers had just put his one-year-old daughter back to bed at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning and was about to fall back asleep himself when he heard a horrible noise not far from his home at 403 Shippeetown Road.
“If you put your head against a board and somebody hit a baseball bat across it, that’s what it sounded like,” said Meers, East Greenwich Fire District captain. “I just started getting dressed and ran out. I knew it was going to be bad.”

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February 23, 2012

Tragedy struck this weekend when a pair of local teenagers were killed in a car accident in East Greenwich. This week, the Standard-Times has the story, as well as a look at the victims through the eyes of friends and family members.
In addition, we bring you an exclusive look into the troubles that continue to plague the State Fire Academy in Exeter and wrap up our month-long look into Black History Month.
All that and more in this week's Standard-Times. Pick up a copy on newsstands today!

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Politics as Usual: Rhode Island needs to adopt a sane tax policy (OPINION)

February 22, 2012

The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didn’t seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ain’t going to happen.

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Centenarians reflect on lives worth living

February 21, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – One hundred and eight years ago, the first underground line of the New York City subway opened. One hundred and five years ago, Houdini escaped from chains underwater in 57 seconds. One hundred and three years ago, the average price of a house was $4,500. One hundred and one years ago, gas cost 3.2 cents a gallon and, 100 years ago, China became a republic.
Why are these facts important?

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Celebrating Black History Month: Servicemen found military not color-blind

February 20, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When the legendary Tuskegee Airmen – the all-black flying unit of World War II now being celebrated in the film “Red Tails” – returned from their heroic exploits, they were greeted by the sound of silence.
It took 60 years for President George W. Bush to honor the survivors with the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to each elderly man in a 2007 ceremony in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

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Tell Me Your Story: NK music man honored for half-century of service

February 19, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – When Joseph R. “Joe” Pelosi graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1959 and returned to Rhode Island, his wife, Angela, saw an ad seeking a music teacher in the North Kingstown school system.
“I didn’t know where North Kingstown was,” Joe laughs.
He quickly learned – in fact, he became a legend on the local music scene – and the display areas in the den of his home near the East Greenwich-North Kingstown line are filled with evidence that North Kingstown certainly knows him.

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Zorro dog tired but home

February 18, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A scared little lapdog that escaped into the woods from its backyard and went on the lam for 10 days – an event that caused fliers to appear in every shop window in Wickford and galvanized the community into search parties – has been found.
Zorro, a Lhasa Apso rescued from an out-of-state puppy mill, vanished Feb. 2 and managed to avoid being eaten by coyotes or killed by a car while traveling from one end of town to the other.

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Town considering paying for DMS roof

February 17, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the better part of a couple months now, North Kingstown school officials and town administrators have debated two key questions: Who’s going to pay for a new roof at Davisville Middle School and what account or bond it will come from?
Monday evening came the first glance at a potential solution.

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February 16, 2012

What would you do to live to 100?
That milestone age is one we could all hope to reach one day and for five local residents at Scalabrini Health Care Center in NK, getting to 100 has been a memorable ride.
This week, we profile those residents and let them tell their remarkable tales of longevity.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: How does Wadovick's audit solve the problem?

February 15, 2012

On December 19th the North Kingstown Town Council unanimously approved the recommendation of town manager Mike Embury to engage the firm of Nadeau Wadovick LLC to conduct an audit of the school department’s financial situation in light of its projected deficit of $1.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

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