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Downtown in clutches of an identity crisis

October 27, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When the Great Northeast Blizzard struck Rhode Island in February 1978, Wickford was truly a self-contained village.

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Curmudgeon's Corner:Occupy Wall Street an exercise in 'flawed' logic (OPINION)

October 26, 2011

The movement that started as Occupy Wall Street is gaining world-wide momentum. Brown University radicals, both student and faculty, brought the protest to Providence. Liberal politicians and their allies in the media are praising these demonstrations as democracy in action notwithstanding their harsh criticism of earlier Tea Party gatherings.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A new beginning for St. Francis de Sales

October 25, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the second time in two years, North Kingstown has seen the opening of a new Catholic church.
Located less than five miles from St. Bernard’s church, which opened in August of 2009, the new St. Francis de Sales church on School Street welcomed hundreds of parishioners to its first service Sunday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

O’Reilly calls Perlman ‘patriot’

October 24, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Business magnate Marc Perlman, president and CEO of Ocean State Job Lot, headquartered in the Quonset Business Park, recently won an auction benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
With a high bid of $60,000, Perlman brought home the second of three original, framed posters depicting a solider carrying his wounded comrade to safety. The three pieces of artwork were signed by all five living U.S. presidents – Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tell Me Your Story: Cancer survivor surprised herself during long treatment

October 23, 2011

EXETER – Paula Hughes has her sewing machine set up at the kitchen table where she has been busy celebrating the end of her breast cancer treatment by making fluffy fleece blankets for women seeking comfort during their own battles.
Creating these blankets, which are bright solid pink on one side and white with imprinted pink ribbons on the reverse, reflects Paula’s generous spirit. In this case, the blankets were destined for a cancer treatment center until she learned of two people she knows who have been diagnosed. They will receive the snuggly fleece.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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