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Sundlun stood watch over the island

July 29, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

JAMESTOWN – Former Governor Bruce G. Sundlun, who died at his home last Thursday at the age of 91, is remembered here not for his business acumen, his courageous leadership of the state or his powerful patronage of the arts.
Sundlun’s local legacy is that of a man deeply interested in his community, always willing to talk over matters of civic concern, available to serve as figurehead for the smallest island observances and as patrician figure frequently seen at town council meetings.

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July 28, 2011

Bruce Sundlun was, perhaps, one of the biggest names in Rhode Island in the past 50 years and his death this week sent shockwaves around the Ocean State as friends, families and longtime political counterparts weighed in on the man who became a legend.
This week, the Standard Times takes a special look back at Sundlun as Martha Smith examined the former governor's Jamestown ties.
In addition, we've got all the latest news on both the Wickford Train Station project and newly-appointed Interim Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger's goals for the district.
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Politics as Usual: The grand pension experiement begins this week

July 27, 2011

This week, it all starts to hit the fan.
Central Falls, the state’s smallest city, is going to be the test tube for the experiment of what the hell are we going to do about pension funds we can’t afford to maintain anymore. Next to that will be the Petri dish growing a culture to determine whether bankruptcy is a solution for fiscally crippled municipalities.

Rita Perry, 91, was the Energizer Bunny of her time

July 26, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Rita Perry, 91, a mover and shaker in many community activities, who, with her friend of seven decades, Helen Beaven, started the town’s first Girl Scout troop and headed up numerous PTAs, passed away last Wednesday at Kent Regency, in Warwick, after a period of declining health.

UPDATED: NK close to repeal of turbine ordinance

July 25, 2011

By CHRIS SHEPPARD
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The North Kingstown Town Council was unanimous in its consideration of whether to allow the placement of wind turbines in North Kingstown.
Although a few council members pledged to stay open to the idea, a general consensus was reached by the council to hold a public hearing on August 15th on whether to repeal its wind ordinance altogether.

Admirers remember Frank Knight's contributions

July 25, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Frank Knight, 83, a former North Kingstown town councilman, interim town manager, Chamber of Commerce president and longtime activist with the Republican
Town Committee, died July 14 at South County Hospital.

Tell Me Your Story: Young NK Marine earns medals for service overseas

July 24, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The medals adorning Marine Corporal Tyler Miller’s dress uniform glint in the noonday sun. They represent the survival of Parris Island’s notorious boot camp and two tours in Afghanistan.
The shiny gold discs displayed across the left breast are for combat action, overseas service medal with bronze star, the Navy-Marine achievement medal, the National Defense Medal for serving in wartime, an Afghanistan campaign medal with two deployment ribbons, the Global War on Terrorism medal and a NATO medal for serving and fighting while attached to the international security force.

Caylee's law may come to RI

July 23, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - It’s no secret that the not guilty of first degree murder verdict handed down by a Florida jury in the Casey Anthony murder trial two weeks ago has sparked a strong reaction and national attention.
Now, because of that verdict, local lawmakers are considering introducing a petition known as Caylee’s Law at the beginning of the next Rhode Island legislation session.

Restriping aims to make Route 2 safer

July 22, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – If you were among the motorists who frequented Route 2 from the Route 4 interchange in East Greenwich this past week, and had to drive through the restriping process by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), you’ll be happy to know the project is meant to enhance better and safer driving.

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July 21, 2011

What a busy week it was in North Kingstown.
With the passing of several prominent local figures (Frank Knight, Rita Perry) and the emerging details for the future of two prominent local businesses (Gardiner's Wharf, Walmart), there's no question there was a lot of news taking place locally this week.
You'll find all of it in this week's Standard Times as we bring you the latest on Gardiner's Wharf Seafood's battle to begin serving take-out and the expansion plans of the Ten Rod Road Walmart.

 

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