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December 8, 2011

'Tis the season to be jolly and if you happened to catch any of this weekend's Festival of Lights in North Kingstown, you'd be hard pressed to feel any other way.
In this week's Standard Times, we give you a full recap of the annual event and show you, through the eyes of several locals, just what it means for the town and community as a whole.
In addition, we bring you an exclusive look into the town of Exeter's recent audit and catch you up on breaking news stories involving a local company recently fined by OSHA as well as the ongoing flooding issue on Post Road.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: Fifteen pens later, pension reform battle finally over (OPINION)

December 7, 2011

In a subdued ceremony at the State House, Governor Chafee used 15 pens to sign reform of the state pension system into law. As predicted several times in this column, the unions representing state and municipal employees and teachers said they would challenge the law in court. According to union poobahs, the only decision is whether to add their complaint to the case already being litigated in Superior Court or to enter a new, separate lawsuit.

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McKay leaves state GOP for Washington

December 6, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ken McKay IV, part of the North Kingstown furniture dynasty whose founder, Kenneth McKay, was a scion of local Republican politics, has resigned after eight months as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
The Poplar Point resident has been hired as senior adviser to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and is already in Washington, D.C., according to his brother Kerry.

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Christmases past captured in vintage handmade cards

December 5, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Elizabeth Donovan, community outreach director for the North Kingstown Free Library, has a special tradition: each year she gets out the collection of homemade Christmas cards she’s made and received over the course of decades and enjoys them all over again.
“I love taking them out,” she says. “It’s a lot of fun.”
This year she is sharing a sampling of these seasonal greetings – artifacts from a time when people took time to create personal cards for special friends and relatives.

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Tell Me Your Story: Barber Ruby Richter is a gem for Wickford Village

December 4, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Most women have an internal GPS that unfailingly takes them to spas where they are soothed, groomed, massaged and de-stressed in settings that are inviting and inspire warm conversations.
Men? Not so much.
All that is changing in Wickford since the arrival of Ruby’s Barber Shop, a hideaway where guys encounter a calmer, gentler sort of man cave.

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RITBA preparing to raise sunken barge

December 3, 2011

By SHAUN KIRBY
skirby@ricentral.com

The Rhode Island Transit and Bridge Authority is making preparations to raise a 300-ton barge which sank on October 30 during a nor’easter which brought heavy winds across Narragansett Bay. The barge, which rests in approximately 100 feet of water, was carrying out structural repairs and re-painting on the Pell Bridge. On Monday morning, state officials were brought out to the Chesapeake 1000, the salvage vessel responsible for hauling up the sunken barge, to learn about the specific nature of raising such a vessel from the bottom of Narragansett Bay.

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Exeter resident comes home from last deployment

December 2, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – “Welcome home, Papa, for the last time”, were the words Exeter resident Chief Master Sergeant Gary Austin saw when he stepped off the C-130J aircraft at Quonset Airbase last Wednesday after being in Afghanistan since August.
Austin, who returned to his family just in time for Thanksgiving, is part of the 143rd Airlift Wing Unit and, though this was his last deployment, he doesn’t officially retire from the Rhode Island National Guard until June.

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December 1, 2011

One of the most compelling images of the past decade has been the sight of members of the US Armed Forces returning home to loved ones and seeing family members for the first time.
This week, the Standard Times brings you this touching moment in the form of Exeter resident Chief Master Sergeant Gary Austin.
Austin, who returned home from his final deployment last week, was reunited with his family and shares his story.

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Politics as Usual: In the world of Twitter, I say long live dead trees

November 30, 2011

I dipped my toe into the Twittersphere, or whatever the hell you call it, for the first time last week.

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Revised turbine ordinance passes

November 29, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - After a year of public hearings that saw a barrage of residents advocating against wind turbines in town lead to a moratorium on new applications, the North Kingstown Town Council unanimously approved amendments to the town’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning ordinance for prohibiting Wind Energy Systems (WES) at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

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