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Curmudgeon's Corner: Real Estate market, not groups, affect property tax (OPINION)

December 21, 2011

wo weeks ago in a letter to the editor of this newspaper, the indefatigable Harvey Waxman criticizes yet again the property tax as the funding mechanism for municipal services.
Dr. Waxman posits that the “true goal of any municipal tax [is] that everyone pay their fair share in direct relation to a community’s needs.” He seems particularly hung up on the concept of periodic revaluation of real estate claiming that “with each revaluation…money flows from one group of owners to another group…completely unrelated to incomes, ability to pay or any rational measure.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Plans for Jamestown students to come to NHS stall

December 20, 2011

By SHAUN KIRBY
skirby@ricentral.com

NARRAGANSETT—The Narragansett School Committee met with the town council on Monday evening, updating council members on projects and developments within the school system over the past several months. One program that the School Committee hoped to initiate was the acceptance of Jamestown high school students at Narragansett High School, a prospect which has recently stalled.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIDE offers suggestions to reduce deficit

December 19, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Personell from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) presented to the school committee Tuesday evening on ways the school district can improve their budget.
The school district’s current fiscal year has been hindered by two difficult challenges. The first being the revenues have come in lower than expected and expenses have exceeded the budget in key areas.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

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

 

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