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Politics as Usual: Rhode Island needs to adopt a sane tax policy (OPINION)

February 22, 2011

The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didn’t seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ain’t going to happen.

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Construction of new Fire Academy on track

February 21, 2011

EXETER –Nine years ago, voters approved a $55 million public safety bond that included $6.4 million to build a new Rhode Island State Fire Academy. The site was to be located on the old Ladd School property in Exeter and now, almost a year after the ground breaking ceremony, phase one of the construction is moving on track and the Academy is slated to be completed in the spring.
The project was designed by Providence-based firm Robinson Green Beretta and Under Iron Construction of Warwick, is overseeing the site work.

Johnson's revamped as Northwick

February 20, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When you’re fed up with freezing temperatures, icy roads and blackened snow piled high, it’s nice to think about warm-weather activities as a distraction.
Some people pore over seed catalogs, planning their spring gardens. Barry Gross is enmeshed in plans to refurbish the old Johnson’s Boat Yard site that he’s owned since 1992. He’s already started, dredging three years ago to increase the capacity to 60 slips plus 24 moorings in Mill Cove.
Now, under the new name Northwick Boat Yard, the Narragansett-based realtor and developer is upgrading the facilities again.

School budget for NK passes first hurdle

February 19, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN - According to the North Kingstown Town Ordinance, the NK School Committee had to submit a budget to the Town Council by the end of Tuesday’s School Committee meeting. After lengthy discussions, the committee approved, five to two, a bottom line of $58,805,460. Committee members William Mudge and Joe Thompson cast the dissenting votes.

NECAP scores show great improvement in Exeter

February 18, 2011

WEST GREENWICH—As Exeter-West Greenwich High School Principal Brian Butler walked through the halls of his school last fall during the week of testing for the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), he noticed something was a little bit different.
His students, who had one year earlier struggled to reach proficiency levels in reading, math and writing, were taking right up to the final minute to finish the tests and, from that observation alone, Butler could tell they were taking it more seriously than they had in prior years.

Preview the Standard Times today!

February 17, 2011

It’s mid-February and you know what that means: Love is in the air.
As North Kingstown and Exeter celebrated Valentine’s Day this week, it’s only fitting the day spill over onto the pages of the Standard Times.
This week’s Standard Times features a fun story by Martha Smith on how love has changed the lives of a handful of senior citizens from North Kingstown. In addition, we’ve got photos from the big day in NK as local children put together hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for their loved ones.

Take a look at the first draft of 2011-2012 EWG School District budget

February 16, 2011

Below is a look at the first draft of the 2011-2012 budget for the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District.

* Operations *

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+ Expenditures+

1.) Operations Budget:
2009-2010 Budget: $29,404,230
2010-2011 Budget: $29,404,250
2011-2012 Proposed: $30,969,996

2.) Capital Request:
2009-2010 Budget: $0
2010-2011 Budget: $0
2011-2012 Proposed: $0

TOTAL EXPENDITURES:
2009-2010 Budget: $29,404,230
2010-2011 Budget: $29,404,250
2011-2012 Proposed: $30,969,996

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+ Income +

1.) State Aid:
2009-2010 Budget: $5,897,021
2010-2011 Budget: $5,981,252

Politics as Usual (Opinion): Caruolo an inspired choice by Chafee and one worth watching

February 15, 2011

A good argument can be made that Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s appointment of George Caruolo to be chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary Education was an inspired choice.
Caruolo is universally respected as being smart and tough-minded, he has shown that he can come up with solutions to tough problems (whether some of those were the best solutions we will discuss a few paragraphs down) and he knows enough about the legislative process and how the Statehouse works to fight his way to the powerful position of House Majority Leader.

Valentine's Day Special: Tell us your love story!

February 14, 2011

It's Valentine's Day and you know what that means. Yep, it's time for dinner, maybe some dancing, definitely some chocolate but, above all, it's time to show your significant other what he or she really means to you.
So, we want to know, what's your most memorable Valentine's Day moment or your favorite memory of love in your life? Maybe it was a date that went perfect, maybe it was your wedding.
Either way, we want to know.
Comment below this story to share with the world the moments you love to remember and will never forget.

Anti-bullying presentation's message inspires

February 13, 2011

The ice and bitter cold temperatures didn’t stop a slew of students and parents from attending the “Rachel’s Challenge” presentation at Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School last Thursday night. The third presentation of the day featured speaker Dave Gamache, who has traveled from school to school spreading the message of “Rachel’s Challenge” for the past four years.The presentation was made possible through the efforts of the Domestic Violence Research Center and the Friendship Fund.

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