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Editorial: What have we learned from irene? Plan and be patient

September 4, 2011

As the dust settled and people around Southern Rhode Island were finally able to take stock of just how much damage was caused by last weekend’s encounter with Irene, a tropical storm by the time it graced the Ocean State with its presence, there was one lesson that really stood out more than any other.

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Shore Acres: Boat on the rocks drew a crowd

September 3, 2011

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NORTH KINGSTOWN – The sound of chainsaws filled the air Monday in Shore Acres, the popular waterfront community that’s a mix of summer cottages and year-round homes between Fishing Cove and Narragansett Bay, south of Electric Boat.
A big tree was down at the corner of Camp Avenue and Asqah Drive.

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Irene affected residents throughout North Kingstown

September 2, 2011


NORTH KINGSTOWN – Instead of the sounds of school buses roaring around town bringing children back for the start of another school year, the air was is full of the sounds from chainsaws, generators and leaf blowers, attempting to clean up from Tropical Storm Irene’s path of destruction.

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Irene’s wrath felt long after storm

September 1, 2011

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NORTH KINGSTOWN – On Monday, the day after Tropical Storm Irene did her worst, the village of Wickford and much of North Kingstown were dead, the result of power and phone outages.
Banks, restaurants, drug stores and the library were closed although, on Tuesday morning, the Rite-Aid on Brown Street was operating albeit in the dark. An employee said the store is powered by separate lines and all but the one providing light were working.

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August 31, 2011

For better or worse, that one name has been on the minds of everyone in North Kingstown this week and, in this week's Standard Times, we give you comprehensive coverage of the storm, it's damage and the aftermath.
In addition, Martha Smith profiles local man John Amaral, who has turned his life long love of boats into a noble cause.
Plus, we've got all the local non-Hurricane news for you from North Kingstown, Exeter and Jamestown this week, including the latest on a rollover accident on Post Road, a fire on Navy Drive and a fight that led to four arrests at Kingstown Bowl.

Curmudgeon's Corner: Schartner ran into an entrenched bureaucracy

August 30, 2011

On August 16th, I was among the attendees at a presentation by “Rit” Schartner at the former Bald Hill Nursuries headquarters at which Mr. Schartner passed out a three-page timeline fact sheet describing the financial dilemma he and his family find themselves in.
Their problems began with the August 2005 purchase for $7.4 million of the 140-acre Bald Hill Nursery property on the corner of Routes 2 and 102. One hundred twenty acres of the site lie in Exeter.

St. Matthew's celebrates 175 years of faith, fortitude

August 29, 2011

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JAMESTOWN – Using a huge banner proclaiming the church’s 175th anniversary as its sail, a team from St. Matthew’s Episcopal swept to a fourth place finish in this summer’s Fool’s Rules Regatta.

Coutoulakis feeling right at home with Exeter EMA

August 28, 2011


EXETER – If a natural disaster hit, would you know the evacuation route or what resources were available to you within town?
The role of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) has been to protect life and property in the event of a natural and technical disaster or crisis situation, including fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, chemical releases and weapons of mass destruction and terrorism incidents.

Chief Denault: Real policewoman of Jamestown

August 27, 2011

JAMESTOWN – Angela Denault laughs when she describes her husband’s announcement each time “Policewomen of Broward County” appears on television.
“He says, ‘Your show’s on.’ That certainly doesn’t show what my life is like. I wonder how much of it is staged.”
Having served as the island’s interim police chief since late spring, she was surprised when media outlets made a big deal out of her appointment – the first woman in state history to hold such a position.
“There are women chiefs all over the country,” she notes. “We shouldn’t be raving about what we’re so far behind on.”

Are you prepared in the event of a natural disaster?

August 26, 2011


NORTH KINGSTOWN – “Did you feel it?” That’s the question residents up and down the East Coast were asking each other Tuesday afternoon.
Though many around Rhode Island felt vibrations from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia, no damage was reported.
Still, the event has left many in the Ocean State wondering if they would be prepared for a natural disaster, whether it’s an earthquake like Tuesday’s or a potential hurricane, like the one that is projected to make landfall this weekend.


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