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Celebrations of Faith: Feeling holiday loss, many people not merry and bright

December 18, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Andrew Correia recalls the pain of holidays and other family gatherings after his beloved grandmother passed away.
“After Nana died,” he says, “Christmas was never the same; it still isn’t. Many people carry that [sense of loss] with them.”
The Rev. Lori Eldredge, pastor of the North Kingstown United Methodist Church, agrees, remembering the personal devastation following the death of her sister, to whom she was extremely close.

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NK school bond passes

December 17, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Just two weeks after the school committee voted down a request to the town council for submiting enabling legislation for a $6.5 million bond for the purpose of funding Capital Improvement projects, it was back on the agenda at Tuesday's school committee meeting and, this time, for reconsideration.
The original vote took place on Nov. 3, failing 3-2 with William Mudge, Melvoid Benson and Joe Thompson casting the dissenting votes. Committee members Larry Ceresi and Richard Welch were absent from that meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Mom's heart maintains son's memory with fund

December 16, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to The Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – John Montanaro III was a student at Providence College, majoring in secondary education and dreaming of becoming a math teacher when he died this past April.
He was 19 and had been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) non-stop for six years. “From June 2005 to April 2011, there was never a time he wasn’t in treatment,” says his mother, Debbie.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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December 15, 2011

The hardest thing for any parent to go through is the loss of their child and, for Debbie Montanaro, that loss inspired her to do something to honor the memory of her son John.
This week, the Standard Times tells John's story and shows you the ways in which you can help keep his memory alive this holiday season.
In addition, we have all the latest news surrounding the NK School Committee's bond request and a pair of hard crime stories from Exeter, the first involving a body found in a remote area, the second news about a local man indicted for robbery.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Politics as Usual: Arguing about trees? Must be the holiday season! (OPINION)

December 14, 2011

It is Christmastime once again; a time of peace on earth and good cheer, a time for generosity and caring about one’s fellow man, a time of family togetherness and gift giving, and a time to claw each other’s eyes out in a vicious brawl about what to call the decorated tree.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WTW concerned about sythetic pot

December 13, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – There’s another product on the market that parents should be concerned about. Even though marijuana isn’t legal, synthetic marijuana is and it’s sold at stores near you.
Teens and young adults are using these products to get high. Other names include potpourri, herbal buds, Spice, Skunk, Blaze and Nitro.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Turkey trot pays off with a big check for food pantry

December 12, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown Food Pantry got quite a donation the week of Thanksgiving ... thanks to a bunch of turkeys.
Every year, Wickford Middle School (WMS) holds a turkey trot where students and faculty dress up in costumes in hopes of getting donations for the food pantry. Students compete against other each other, as do members of the faculty, and the ones who raise the most money from each group receive the bragging rights and the title of ‘Head Turkey’.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: Consignor Lynda Peters hails 'retail at resale' prices

December 11, 2011

Lynda Peters, who owns Consignors on Main Street in East Greenwich, has long appreciated the concept of discovering bargains at non-retail rates.
Growing up an “Air Force brat” – the eldest of nine children – she recalls, “My mother shopped like this [at thrift shops] since we were born. She could find good quality without the high prices; resale at a fraction of retail.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Audit results come up rosy for town of Exeter

December 10, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

EXETER—In its last regularly-scheduled meeting of 2011, the Exeter Town Council received quite a bit of good news Monday night as an independent audit by Warwick-based Certified Public Accountants Nadeau Wadovick, LLC proved favorable for the town for the 2011 fiscal year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Festival of Lights kicks off holiday season

December 9, 2011

By KENDRA LEIGH MILLER
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN–It was a perfectly clear, chilly winter night.
The perfect night to celebrate the kickoff of the annual Festival of Lights with what else – the annual tree lighting at Updike Park located in scenic historical downtown Wickford.
Parents protected their steaming cups of coffee and hot cocoa and tried to tell the children to slow it down as they swarmed around the crowds of people who came out to enjoy the event.

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