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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.

Curmudgeon's Corner: There are ways to fix the NK School Committee

July 20, 2011

On Independence Day I watched most of two installments on the birth of our nation on the History Channel. Frankly, I had forgotten how contentious and rancorous the relations were between the founding fathers. Were it not for the commanding personality of George Washington and the presence of intellectual giants such as Benjamin Franklin and James Madison, we would probably still be singing “God Save the Queen” as our national anthem.

Memories shared at Woody Hill

July 19, 2011

BY REGINA FOSTER
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The sun is beating down on Sheila Reynolds-Boothroyd as she sets up a table in front of the newly restored Woody Hill School. She’s preparing for the open house organized by the Exeter Historical Association which she heads.
At Saturday’s event, part of a two-day celebration of the town’s one-room schools, Virginia Barber Laiho and her sister Alice Barber Boynton, who lived at the farm across the road, share memories.

Plum Beach Lighthouse plate receives national honor

July 18, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Plum Beach Lighthouse license plate, with its handsome rendering of the historic fireplug-style beacon, has been voted the first runner-up in a national contest sponsored by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
Dave Zapatka, president of Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse, says the plate was nominated in early March and by mid-April he was informed of the honor.
“It was the best finish for a specialty plate,” he notes. “There had never been one in the top five.”

Tell Me Your Story: Andrew Correia: Reverence is the key to his calling

July 17, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The voice answering the phone at The Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home in Wickford is deep, warm and confident. It belongs to the youngest managing funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island, Andrew Correia.
He is 23 and, in every way, remarkable.
“Since I was a young boy I have always been interested in the funeral profession: the pomp and circumstance, the beautiful black cars from the fleet, and the mystique of it all,” he says. “I’ve worked at funeral homes since high school. I’ve always been an old soul.”

Art Festival a big draw in Wickford

July 16, 2011

By LILLIAN DUNNING
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It was a triumphant weekend for the Wickford Art Association.
By the close of the 49th annual Wickford Art Festival on Sunday evening, exhibitors, attendees and organizers all shared a sense of relaxed satisfaction in the success of this year’s event.
A yellow-shirted Festival Staff member commented that “A lot of people have been coming up to the Information Booth with compliments, saying it’s the best year yet. When they take the time to seek you out and tell you this, you know they really mean it.”

Auger appointed interim superintendent

July 15, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Three weeks of speculation over whether or not Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton would indeed leave the North Kingstown School Department came to a conclusion Monday night as the NK School Committee announced it had formally received Thornton’s letter of resignation and, in a quick move meant to speed up the process of finding his replacement, the committee appointed Dr. Philip Auger on an interim basis.

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July 14, 2011

It's been the topic on everyone's mind in North Kingstown. Will Dr. Phillip Thornton stay or go as Superintendent of the NK School District?
Monday night, he made his answer clear with a letter of resignation and, wasting little time, the NK School Committee began the process of finding his replacement, appointing Dr. Philip Auger as interim superintendent beginning July 22nd.

Politics as Usual: It's a new ballgame in the General Assembly

July 13, 2011

At various times in this space, I have compared the General Assembly leadership to the leaders of the old Soviet Union, imperiously working their own will and impervious to public opinion.
Not so this year.
This year people power won at least two major political and policy victories.
The first was killing Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s sales tax proposals. That brought a whole shipload of businesspeople to the Statehouse to oppose the idea at the House Finance Committee.

 

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