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December 29, 2011

Do you believe firefighters should be forced to work 24-hour shifts?
That question is at the heart of a proposal by North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury and, this week, the Standard Times brings you all the latest news regarding the town's decision to try to force the schedule change on the fire department.
What would the change mean to the department? How much money would be saved?
Find out all that and much, much more in this week's Standard Times.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: The war in Iraq is over but was it really worth it? (OPINION)

December 28, 2011

On December 15th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over a ceremony in which the colors (flag) of the American forces in Iraq were “cased”. The following day the state’s daily newspaper proclaimed “WAR OVER” in huge type on page one.
I wonder how the parents of Army Spc. David E. Hickman, 23, of Greensboro, NC feel. Specialist Hickman died in Baghdad on November 14th of injuries caused by an “IED” -an improvised explosive device. He is the last American to die in the official war in Iraq.

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Rudolph's a dear for Route 2 drivers

December 27, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer does, in fact, have a very shiny nose. It is made of the largest size red gazing ball typically found on pedestals in flower gardens.
Since October, this particular deer, perched in a Large and In Charge fashion in the field next to Schartner Farm on South Country Trail, has had several incarnations. Made of huge bales of hay – both rolled and rectangular – it was a witch for Halloween and a Pilgrim for Thanksgiving.

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New DEM rules could affect all RI

December 26, 2011

By ANTHONY aRUSSO
aarusso@ricentral.com

CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has agreed to begin writing new regulations regarding waste water treatment that will be aimed at protecting local salt ponds and lessening financial burdens for homeowners wanting to renovate.
The agreement was made as the result of a meeting between DEM officials and state legislators called by State Rep. Donna Walsh (D-36). Representatives Teresa Tanzi (D-34) and Spencer Dickinson (D-35) took part in the discussions.

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Tell Me Your Story: Born a century ago, Dad was a farmer and a soldier

December 25, 2011

The person whose story I’m telling today is not someone local or even anyone you know, but he was very dear to me.
Today’s column is about my father, Clyde E. Smith, an Appalachian farm boy and unlikely soldier who was drafted into World War II at the age of 30, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Today would have been his 100th birthday.
Dad was the last of four children born in Halleck, an unincorporated West Virginia outpost with a tiny church, cemetery and school surrounded by sprawling family farms where men worked themselves and their children nearly to death.

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NK man guilty of possessing child porn

December 24, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A North Kingstown man pleaded guilty in Providence federal court Tuesday morning to being in possession of over 7,500 images of child pornography.
Leon Tousignant, 67, of 2180 Tower Hill Road, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and could face up to 10 years in a federal prison with a supervised release for a term of five years to life, and up to a $250,000 fine when he’s sentenced on March 15, 2012 before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi.

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Battle over NK school budget heating up

December 23, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown school district is expected to run a deficit for fiscal year 2012 and, as a way to stop it from getting worse, the town attempted to file a restraining order last week in court to halt any spending without the town’s approval.
Instead of a definitive ruling, however, Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern told both the town’s and school’s attorneys they had a month to work it out on their own.

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December 22, 2011

The battle over the 2013 budget in North Kingstown is heating up and, this week, the Standard Times has all the latest news on the Town Council and School Committee's decision to turn to a courtroom in order to settle their differences.
In addition, Wickford Junction is moving full steam ahead. This week, we'll show you the latest signs of progress at the much-anticipated commuter rail.

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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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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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