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Tell Me Your Story: Bells are ringing for kettle campaign

November 27, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Today, let us give thanks for the Salvation Army, particularly the work done by Ron and Brenda Grundy, members of First Baptist Church in Wickford, who are celebrating their 11th year as coordinators of the local kettle drive.
Ron is a retired draftsman/stone engineer in building and Brenda teaches kindergarten in North Providence, a school system for which she previously taught special education.

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Pension reform draws mixed reaction locally

November 26, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – After a months-long struggle for pension reform in Rhode Island seemingly came to an end last week, area union leaders have just four words in response to the passing of the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act:
“We'll see you in court”.
Despite objections, however, Governor Lincoln Chafee feels positive about the legislation as a way of getting the state’s fiscal areas in order.

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Her life-saving journey is a cause for thanksgiving

November 25, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

WEST GREENWICH – Six years ago, Safiatu Bah lived in the town of Kabala in Sierra Leone and she was dying.
Diagnosed with a hole in her heart and two leaky valves, she had little chance of survival because her African nation lacked the equipment and facilities to provide life-saving surgery.
Here in America, a world away, congregants of the North Kingstown United Methodist Church learned of her plight through members Daniel and Dorcas Kamanda, serving as missionaries in Sierra Leone.

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November 24, 2011

It's Thanksgiving around Rhode Island and that means a couple of things. First, it's time to eat. Second, it's time for football. Third, it's time to be thankful for all the good things we have in our lives.
For one local family, that third item holds special meaning.
In this week's Standard Times, we bring to you the very special story of Safiatu Bah, a teenager from Africa who was adopted by a North Kingstown family and has seen her life change in ways too numerous to count.

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Curmudgeon's Corner: It appears the pension reform battle is winding down (OPINION)

November 23, 2011

The drama surrounding Rhode Island’s public employee pension mess reached a crescendo on October 18th with the unveiling of Governor Chafee and General Treasurer Raimondo’s proposed, final, one-time, 124-page solution. Apparently the governor’s contribution was a last minute inclusion of the 37 pension plans run by municipalities, 22 of which are seriously unfunded and on the brink of collapse.

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Exeter war memorial advances

November 22, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – If the Exeter Veterans Memorial Committee can finish raising $50,000, a long-planned monument to the town’s veterans of all service branches will be placed near the entrance to the municipal library on Ten Rod Road.
“It’s been in the works for awhile,” says Dave Owens, committee chairman.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Foodies folds after bistro business sours

November 21, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Foodie’s of Wickford, the gourmet shop and bistro which opened this past January at 21 West Main St. – the owners previously sold high-end chocolates and imported cheeses in a building behind the restaurant – has closed.
Jim Zajas, a partner with Craig Schennum, in Foodie’s as well as two Consignment Goods stores, said of the closing “In the end, it was a relief. It wasn’t doing enough business to keep it going.”

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Tell Me Your Story: Humble not chicken to tout Rhode Island

November 20, 2011

If the holiday season is approaching you know it’s time for another of Roberta Humble’s tributes to Rhode Island.
Since 2000, the longtime CCRI English teacher and first woman president of the North Kingstown Rotary Club has produced three books and two games extolling the virtues and quirks of our little state.
This year, in a burst of enthusiastic energy, she’s launching both a book and a game.

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Hundreds pay tribute to Ted Whittaker

November 19, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – On Tuesday night, close to 400 people came to the Quonset “O” Club to toast, roast and celebrate former Town Council member Edward “Ted” “Santa” Whittaker’s life and accomplishments.

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Judge denies Fry's request for a new trial

November 18, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Over a month since a grand jury found former North Kingstown resident Kimberly Fry guilty of second-degree murder of her daughter Camden, a judge denied her request for a new trial Monday afternoon in Washington County Superior Court.

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