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Purveyor of pleasantries' path paved with popsicles

August 7, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The 1973 three-quarter ton Chevy P-20 truck is just the same as when it rolled off the assembly line. It has 357,000 miles and only two people have owned it.
Of course, none of this matters to the legions who clamor at the side window when the van rolls up playing the theme from “The Entertainer.” From the smallest toddler to the giddiest bride to the most dedicated construction worker, they all share one thing in common.
Ice cream.
This is Jack’s Ice Cream truck, a musical purveyor of summertime happiness.

Work begins on Fishing Cove playground

August 6, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Fishing Cove Elementary School playground will soon be accessible to handicapped children, the result of a directive from the Rhode Island Governors Commission on Disabilities.
Lisa Windham lodged a complaint on behalf of her daughter, Laura, 7, who suffers from spastic paraplegia, a neuromuscular disease. The child uses a walker and could not reach the equipment because the playground had a mulch surface.

NK business cited for 18 OSHA violations

August 5, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Almost five months after a 26 year-old Composite Rigging employee, Andrew Pelletier, was killed in an industrial accident, the company is now being cited with 18 serious safety violations.
The Glocester resident and 2003 graduate of Ponaganset High School had just begun working at Composite Rigging, located in West Davisville, days before his March 15 death.
Composite Rigging produces rigging for various types of sailboats.

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August 4, 2011

It's summer and you know what that mean's, it's time for warm weather and sunny days at the beach.
Still, the news doesn't stop just because the weather is nice and this week's Standard Times proves that as we fill you in on all the latest details regarding news this week that Composite Rigging, a North Kingstown business located in Quonset, was hit with 18 OSHA violations Monday following an accident in March that claimed the life of a young man.

Curmudgeon's Corner: Raimondo’s pension board is nothing but a farce

August 3, 2011

Kabuki is a theatrical art form popular in Japan in which dances are performed in a formal, stylized manner. In other words, everyone knows what the next move will be.
Kabuki could also be used to describe Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s Pension Advisory Board.
This body includes one mayor, one business executive, four labor leaders, five consultant/educators and Governor Chafee’s director of administration.
So, you might as well say there are at least five advocates for public employees in the group.

Train station project remains on track

August 2, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – It’s been full steam ahead at the construction site for the new $22 million Wickford Junction Train Station project, which is slated to be open for commuters next spring.
Work is ahead of schedule and both the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Bob Cioe, owner of the property, are pleased with the progress of the construction.
“We’ve been getting good encouraging feedback from the community,” said RIDOT representative Bryan Lucier.

Fire academy blazes trail

August 1, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – Ladd School, once a scene of indescribable heartache and tragedy, was reborn yesterday as the Rhode Island State Fire Academy.
Dignitaries, including Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, state Fire Marshal John E. Chartier, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, Richard Licht, state director of administration, State Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed – and representatives of fire and police departments across the state – attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Tell Me Your Story: Blooming, Cahoone making memories for grandkids

July 31, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Lewis Cahoone Jr. sits in his garden paradise at the end of Pineland Drive and credits maternal nurturing with instilling an interest and talent in growing beautiful things.
“She took care of the yard and gardens,” he says. “My three sisters – two are deceased – and I took after my mother.”
Lewis, who retired June 29 as supervisor of the physical plant and grounds for the North Kingstown School Department, will have even more time to add to the towering floral displays, wending trails and handcrafted birdhouses he has created.

Auger outlines his goals

July 30, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Taking over for Dr. Phillip Thornton, who is now serving as the Cumberland School Department’s superintendent, North Kingstown resident Dr. Philip Auger, has officially begun his tenure as both the interim superintendent and assistant superintendent.

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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