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Economic freefall killing Exeter development projects

October 22, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – If you are a developer planning to create a subdivision of big houses on big lots, now is not the time to start.
In fact, you’ll probably want to rethink a small-scale plan calling for a few modest buildings in a rural contract.
Except for the odd exception – Deerbrook, off Mail Road comes to mind – development in Exeter has ground to a halt.

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Budget meeting paints grim picture

October 21, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Budget season is looming for both the North Kingstown Town Council and the School Committee and, if Monday night is an indication, it’s not going to be pretty.
In an attempt to begin discussing the major challenges both the town and schools will soon face, the two elected branches of local government met in a joint session before the public where they each stated their case about the difficult choices that lie ahead.

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October 20, 2011

From just about the moment the North Kingstown Town Council and School Committee finalized their individual budgets for the 2012 fiscal year, talk turned to 2013 and, to put it lightly, the discussions were far from optimistic.

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Politics as Usual: In-state tuition is a sideshow to the real issue (OPINION)

October 19, 2011

This being Columbus Day weekend, it seems appropriate to ponder the vexing question of immigration.
I must be one of the few people in Rhode Island who is ambivalent about the issue of allowing illegal alien high school graduates pay in-state tuition at URI and the state colleges.
Everyone else seems to be on one side or the other – loudly, passionately, dedicatedly, even angrily on one side or the other.

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NK sensei teaches focus and respect to produce karate kids

October 18, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Robert Benner, 23, who once considered a career in law because he enjoys “the philosophical aspects” became, instead, a third-degree black belt martial artist using philosophy to shape and mold little kids.

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Historic Exeter church restored to divine original

October 17, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Drivers traveling on Ten Rod Road last Thursday were treated to an amazing site: the entire exterior of the historic Chestnut Hill Baptist Church’s belfry had been taken down, leaving behind a skeleton made of tree trunks surrounding an ancient bell.
As contractors from Keach Framing removed the last remnants – dealt a death blow by Tropical Storm Irene – church members working on the ground put the finishing touches on the new louvers they’d built to create a crown for the venerable meeting house.

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Tell Me Your Story: Spirit overcomes shock of breast cancer

October 16, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The atmosphere in the Aloxi salon on Boston Neck Road is typically raucous. Women – and some brave men – will understand what I mean.
The three beauty professionals who are fluffing, buffing, curling, coloring and snipping are also joking, teasing and sharing the kind of banter only found in such an environment where secrets are shared and news travels faster than CNN.

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Unforgettable Characters: Remembering Archie MacLaughlin

October 15, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – It was with a bittersweet mix of sadness and warm memories that I learned of the passing of Archie MacLaughlin, 88, longtime resident caretaker – with his wife, Elizabeth – of Casey Farm.
They had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past April.

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Events celebrating women planned in NK, Coventry

October 14, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

To acknowledge women’s struggles and triumphs over cancer, women business owners have planned a number of local events for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In Coventry, Marsha Leveille will host a reception from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at her shop The Clothesline, in the Coventry Shoppers Park on Flat River Road.
The open house is in honor of her mother, Marilyn, who died of cancer and the complications of dementia in late August.

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October 13, 2011

The North Kingstown School Committee is getting ready to join the Town Council Monday night in a special joint meeting to discuss the FY2013 budget but, before that could take place, it was time to talk NECAP test scores and the Jamestown tuition contract.
This week, the Standard Times has you covered with the latest news from the School Committee, not to mention a recap of the end of the Kimberly Fry trial, a handful of special exclusive features and all the features you've come to know and love about our paper.
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