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July 13, 2011

It's been the topic on everyone's mind in North Kingstown. Will Dr. Phillip Thornton stay or go as Superintendent of the NK School District?
Monday night, he made his answer clear with a letter of resignation and, wasting little time, the NK School Committee began the process of finding his replacement, appointing Dr. Philip Auger as interim superintendent beginning July 22nd.

Politics as Usual: It's a new ballgame in the General Assembly

July 12, 2011

At various times in this space, I have compared the General Assembly leadership to the leaders of the old Soviet Union, imperiously working their own will and impervious to public opinion.
Not so this year.
This year people power won at least two major political and policy victories.
The first was killing Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s sales tax proposals. That brought a whole shipload of businesspeople to the Statehouse to oppose the idea at the House Finance Committee.

Cappuccino, martinis, anyone?

July 11, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Wickford Flowers, formerly a venerable town fixture owned by the Greene family, is undergoing a transformation.
According to owner Tim Schartner, the operation, in business for a half-century, has phased out cut-flowers, transferring that service to Blossom Florist, in East Greenwich, another Schartner enterprise.

Once a dairy farm, SunRose is now a healing garden

July 11, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – On rustic Gilbert Stuart Road, a stone’s throw from the noisy rush of traffic heading to and from the beach is SunRose Farm, a place so peaceful that it’s possible to tune out external commotion.
In the Pierce family for more than 200 years, this was once a 110-acre dairy farm.

Woody Hill restoration nearly done

July 9, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER –Virginia Barber Laiho, 84, has fond memories of attending the one-room Woody Hill School off Route 165 in the western part of town.
“It was very interesting,” she says, “because we used to live across the street from the school. I would go over early to get the fire started in the cast-iron stove. The kids would walk or ride in the milk cart and the teachers lived with different families. One lived with us for two years; she had a room and ate with us.”

Wickford gears up for Art Festival

July 8, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It would be hard to blame Francie Christophersen if her focus isn’t exactly on this year’s Wickford Art Festival.
Now in its 49th year, the Festival has become one of the signature summer events in Rhode Island and, next year, for the big 50th anniversary, Christophersen and her cohorts at the Wickford Art Association are likely going to want to pull out all the stops for that special milestone.

NK finishes ’11 fiscal year with $233K surplus

July 7, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury sat behind his desk Tuesday afternoon with a stack of papers, emails and phone messages to sift through after the long holiday weekend and, on the surface, he should have had a smile on the face.
After all, the numbers from the end of June were in and, at the close of the fiscal year, the town is set to finish 2011 with a net surplus. But it’s hard for Embury to think positively about the state of finances in NK, especially with what promises to be a long, hard road ahead in 2012 and 2013.

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July 6, 2011

It may have been a holiday week in North Kingstown but that doesn't mean the news slows down.
This week, the Standard Times brings you up-to-date information on North Kingstown's 2011 budget, including what appears to be a $233K surplus when all is said and done.
In addition, we update you on the progress made by Exeter's Woody Hill School, which is undergoing a restoration. Plus, we preview this weekend's Wickford Arts Festival.
All that and more in this week's Standard Times. Pick up a copy today!

Carmudgeon's Corner: Thornton’s desire to leave NK was inevitable

July 5, 2011

Well, it’s finally happened. By the time you read this we’ll know whether Dr. Phil Thornton is going to stick around as the superintendent of North Kingstown schools.
He came into the job as the unanimous choice of the school committee with members like Melvoid Benson and the late Doug Roth singing his praises. Dr. Thornton has made it plain that if he goes out it will be largely due to the rancorous relationship with “some members” of the committee.

After 22 years, local preschool closes its doors

July 4, 2011

By KENDRA LEIGH MILLER
Special to the Times

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It’s been just over two decades since Joanne Sbrega first opened The Little Miracle Early Leaning preschool but after years of teaching and seeing more than 800 children come through the doors, her journey has officially ended.
The last field day and graduation at the pre-school, located at 860 Quidnessett Drive in North Kingstown, took place Friday morning with plenty of ice cream, huge blow-up bouncy toys and shared, fond memories.

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