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NK School Committee makes its first cuts

May 13, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Two weeks ago, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton cautioned the NK School Committee that if the town council did, in fact, level-fund the school district for fiscal year 2012, the resulting cuts necessary to bring the proposed budget into compliance would “cause a lot of pain in the district”.
Tuesday evening, that pain became very real.

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May 12, 2011

From the 'junkyard' to nationals, the Wickford Middle School Science Olympiad team has been on quite a ride this spring.
After coming in first at last month's state tournament, the team led by teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier earned its first-ever trip to nationals and will compete next week against the best and brightest scientific minds in the country on the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This week, we introduce you to the members of that team and profile their journey to the top of the state and beyond.

Exeter seeking slight increase

May 11, 2011

EXETER—Like a master chef holding a potful of an untested recipe, Exeter Town Council assistant Ken Findlay sat in front of his laptop computer Thursday night with the proposed FY 2012 budget for the Town of Exeter at his fingertips and did his best to see which combination of cuts and increases would please the greatest number of town council members during a special budget workshop meeting.
Tomorrow night, though, is the real test as that recipe goes out for public consumption for the first time.

Unforgettable Characters: Lifelong villager Adelaide Lynch had strong bond with mother

May 10, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When I was contemplating who would be a good subject to recall as we approach Mother’s Day, Adelaide Lynch instantly came to mind.
Known to everyone as Adie, she was a tiny force of nature in Wickford, a kindly woman who was passionate about animal rights, an early practitioner of power walking and an enthusiastic and celebrated bridge player.

New hotel hopes to capitalize on NK’s growth

May 9, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—There are a lot of things that catch your eye when you first enter the lobby area of the new TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel in Quonset but there’s one thing in particular that says a lot about the hotel’s future goals.
Located steps away from the entrance/exit door is a map of Rhode Island that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. Smack dab in the middle of that map is the new hotel. That’s fitting because, if all goes according to plan, the new Marriott will be at the center of development in one of the state’s fastest growing business communities.

After over 250 foster kids, Fullmers the perfect blend

May 8, 2011

Over the course nearly two decades, an of astounding 250-plus foster children have received temporary refuge in the home of Ann and Ralph Fullmer. Eight of them stayed and were adopted, joining the Fullmers’ biological sons Ralph Jr. and Darrell.
Yet Ann, 62, insists, “We’re nothing special. We’re just us. They’re my kids.”
This is a great understatement.
She is the epitome of what Mother’s Day celebrates: dedication, constancy and unfailing love. Her need to reach out to children when they needed her most is what sets her apart.

Council level-funds NK schools

May 7, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury opened Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting with a light-hearted joke.
Producing his 2009 and 2010 W-2 forms in response to a request last week by School Committee member Larry Ceresi, Embury stated that his wages went down over $4,000 from year to year, prompting council president Elizabeth Dolan to smile and ask if Embury also had his “birth certificate with him”.
It was one of the few moments of light-hearted fun on an evening of otherwise painful decisions.

Death of bin Laden fails to bring closure

May 6, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Richard and Donna August were in Washington, D.C. when news of the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was blazoned on TV news.
“The crawl [printed text that flows across the bottom of the screen] said they got him,” recalled August who, with his wife, Donna, had traveled to the capital for their granddaughter’s First Communion.

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May 5, 2011

A mother's love is one that can't be replaced.
That, above all is the message of Mother's Day and, this week, we take a special look at the ways in which one mother's love helped create a very unique family.
Over the course of two decades, Exeter's Ann Fullmer has done her part for a group of very special children and, this week, we'll tell you all about her and her family as Martha Smith presents a special Mother's Day themed Tell Me Your Story.

EDITORIAL: Homelessness not an issue that’s going to go away

May 4, 2011

Over the past four weeks, we’ve taken a special look at the issue of homelessness in North Kingstown. More specifically, homelessness and the effect it has on local children in the North Kingstown School District.
What we’ve learned is that the issue isn’t a simple one.
Perhaps it’s the economy. Maybe it’s the increased costs of basic necessities like food and gas. Whatever the reason, the signs all point to homelessness being an issue that will continue to grow over the next couple of years unless something is done to stop it.

 

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