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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Improvements coming to the port of Davisville

April 18, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Last year, Quonset was the recipient of $22.3 million worth of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for major improvements to the Port of Davisville. The improvements have begun and continue to run on schedule.
By the time the improvements are completed, the port will increase in capacity, allowing for the staging for off-shore wind equipment and the handling of cargo for short sea shipping.

Celebrations of faith: Good Thief represents redemption

April 17, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When Myra Mudge heard there was to be an ecumenical series of Lenten lunches at churches all over town, she went to the Rev. Bertrand Theroux, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, and asked: Can we do it?
“He said yes,” she recalled. “It’s the first time we’ve had it here and I’ve been looking forward to it so much. It’s all so wonderful.”
As the organizer of last week’s event at the church on School Street, she can take pride in a job well done.

Tell me your story-Susan Aylward: I grew up in this library

April 16, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Susan Aylward remembers her first library experience accompanying her father on Sundays to the grand Greek revival building on Brown Street, where he was the custodian for 27 years.
“There was a wonderful smell; a combination of the books and the wax on the floors. It’s a comforting smell from my childhood.”
While her dad, the late Thomas Aylward – later the town’s fire chief – cleaned the rooms, Susan sat at the desk front desk.
“I played with the [circulation] cards,” she recalls. “I’m sure they were all out of order when the librarians came to work.”

EWG voters slash school budget

April 15, 2011

WEST GREENWICH—Over the past two months, Exeter-West Greenwich Superintendent Dr. Thomas Geismar has said, repeatedly, that the amount the school district has proposed in its budget for the 2011-2012 school year was as small as possible and, after much debate, Geismar explained to both the school committee itself and the town councils of Exeter and West Greenwich that there were no more cuts to make.

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April 14, 2011

The voters have spoken and the results are in.
After a district-wide all-day referendum, taxpayers from Exeter and West Greenwich had the final say Monday as the proposed school budget for the 2011-2012 school year was rejected and, instead, an amended budget that would allow the school district nearly $1 million less than asked for was accepted.
Read all about the vote in this week's Standard Times.

Special Report: Homelessness in North Kingstown (An Alarming Trend: Homelessness on the rise for NK children)

April 13, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Veronica DelBois is a typical, everyday working mother.
With three kids and a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, DelBois is always on the go, taking care of others while doing her part to make her world, and the world of those around her, just a little bit better.
With an infectious laugh and a warm, gentle smile, DelBois is the very definition of success in today’s rigorous economic climate.
It’s when she sits down to think of what it took for her to get here that the tears start to flow.
“Veronica, you have to move.”

School Committee adopts 2011-2012 calendar

April 12, 2011

WEST GREENWICH–The Exeter-West Greenwich school committee voted Tuesday night to approve a traditional calendar for the 2011-12 school year, including both a February and an April vacation and a start date before Labor Day.
There were two versions of the school year calendar that were not approved. One calendar had the school year starting after Labor Day with one vacation week in March; the other had the school year starting before Labor Day with one vacation week in March.

EWG voters to head to the polls today

April 11, 2011

The Exeter-West Greenwich School District will be holding an all-day referendum on the 2011/2012 school operations budget and charter amendments, Monday, April 11 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Exeter residents can vote at the Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road; Exeter and West Greenwich residents can vote at the West Greenwich Fire Station #1, 830 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich.

Celebrations of Faith: St. Peter’s human foibles a comfort to Christians at Lent

April 10, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Rev. W. David Dobbins Jr., interim rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, confessed that the planning group for last week’s Lenten luncheon seriously underestimated the number of participants.
“We heard about attendance at the other lunches and talked about setting up for 80 but we thought that must be an exaggeration. So we prepared for 60.”

Tell me your story: Wickford Baptists bring spirit to Dominican Republic

April 9, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Architect Andy Pearce was ready to accept a job with Keough Construction, but before he did, he told his new employer he couldn’t start until after Feb. 12.
What?
It’s more a question of why. Pearce had committed to being part of a mission team from First Baptist Church in Wickford that was planning a trip to the Dominican Republic from Feb. 5-12.
Not only did his new boss agree to the stipulation, he donated money to the effort.

 

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