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UPDATED: NK close to repeal of turbine ordinance

July 25, 2011

By CHRIS SHEPPARD
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The North Kingstown Town Council was unanimous in its consideration of whether to allow the placement of wind turbines in North Kingstown.
Although a few council members pledged to stay open to the idea, a general consensus was reached by the council to hold a public hearing on August 15th on whether to repeal its wind ordinance altogether.

Admirers remember Frank Knight's contributions

July 25, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Frank Knight, 83, a former North Kingstown town councilman, interim town manager, Chamber of Commerce president and longtime activist with the Republican
Town Committee, died July 14 at South County Hospital.

Tell Me Your Story: Young NK Marine earns medals for service overseas

July 24, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The medals adorning Marine Corporal Tyler Miller’s dress uniform glint in the noonday sun. They represent the survival of Parris Island’s notorious boot camp and two tours in Afghanistan.
The shiny gold discs displayed across the left breast are for combat action, overseas service medal with bronze star, the Navy-Marine achievement medal, the National Defense Medal for serving in wartime, an Afghanistan campaign medal with two deployment ribbons, the Global War on Terrorism medal and a NATO medal for serving and fighting while attached to the international security force.

Caylee's law may come to RI

July 23, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - It’s no secret that the not guilty of first degree murder verdict handed down by a Florida jury in the Casey Anthony murder trial two weeks ago has sparked a strong reaction and national attention.
Now, because of that verdict, local lawmakers are considering introducing a petition known as Caylee’s Law at the beginning of the next Rhode Island legislation session.

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.”

 

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