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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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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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November 17, 2011

What a weekend it was for the Exeter-West Greenwich Scarlet Knights!
This week, the Standard Times has the most comprehensive coverage in Rhode Island of Exeter's run to state championships in both girls volleyball and girls soccer.
In addition, we've got the latest on the case against Kimberly Fry, the resignation of Greg Coutcher from the EWG School Committee and the debate over changes made to a local home that have drawn the ire of several historic societies.
It's all in this week's Standard Times. Pick up a copy today!

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Timetable for recovery of sunken barge still unknown

November 16, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NEWPORT - Almost two weeks after a barge sank beneath the Newport Pell Bridge, how it will be recovered hasn’t been determined yet.
Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Minnesota, the owner of the barge, was hired by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) for the purpose of repainting and making repairs to the steel structure of the bridge.
Repairs began in September 2010 and the current work is scheduled to be completed by year’s end.

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King brings many skills to QDC’s top job

November 16, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – As Steven King drives visitors around the burgeoning Quonset Business Park, whose modernization and completion he oversees as managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation, he is asked a question.

Are you having fun?

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DiCenso is a West Davisville visionary

November 15, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Steve DiCenso sits behind the desk in his very nice office in West Davisville Commons, an enterprise he began creating a decade ago from a rundown former Navy vehicle-and-equipment storage facility.

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