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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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Planning board devising new Exeter library site master plan

February 14, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The long-dormant property owned by Kevin Casey, of Connecticut, operating as Exeter Real Estate – once envisioned as a 99-unit development of senior housing called Cobblestone – is being reimagined.
At a recent planning board work session, Casey announced he's “reassessing his plans,” says Town Planner David W. Schweid. “The master plan [for the original Cobblestone] was approved in April 2008” but has never gone forward, leaving the property to become overgrown and weed-choked.
The economy has forced Casey's hand.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Controversy smoldering on unopened fire academy

February 13, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – It has been six-and-a-half months since the ribbon was cut with enormous fanfare on the ultra-modern Rhode Island State Fire Academy on the grounds of the old Ladd School.
Some firefighters are grumbling because it’s still not open. So are experts scheduled to be part of the school’s faculty.

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Tell Me Your Story: Tom Geismar's career has balanced black and white

February 12, 2012

WEST GREENWICH – When Dr. Thomas Geismar arrived in 2007 to take over as superintendent of the Exeter-West Greenwich district, he was immersed in an entirely different world from the one he’d left.
As a school official in Broward County, Florida – then the fifth largest district in the country – he was the minority; a white face in a system of African-Americans, Jamaican-Americans, Haitians and Cuban-Americans.
“It couldn’t be more diverse,” says Geismar, 62, “and that includes race, gender, lifestyle. We actually had a diversity committee.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Celebrating Black History Month: Minority studets blend right in at EWG

February 11, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

WEST GREENWICH – The day after Cris Lopez moved to West Greenwich from Providence’s inner city, his former house was targeted in a drive-by shooting. The attackers returned and broke in, climbing through his bedroom window.
“If we were still there, I would be dead,” he says. “It’s so much safer here.”
He has blossomed at Exeter-West Greenwich High School in the ensuing five years, becoming a star on the undefeated soccer team and a very popular guy who calls himself “a social butterfly.”

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