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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.

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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.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: URI Professors breaking new ground on Lyme disease

February 12, 2011

KINGSTON--When South African writer Nadine Gordimer was asked what was the best compliment she had ever been paid she said, "Years and years ago, when I was on a camping trip on a farm, I was bitten by ticks that had brushed off the long grass I'd been walking through. When I complained of this, the old and very unattractive farmer said, 'If I was a tick, I'd also like to bite you.'"

WEB EXCLUSIVE: North KIngstown local releases her third novel

February 11, 2011

“To Serve a King” (Kensington Publishing), the third novel by Rhode Island and North Kingstown native Donna Russo Morin, was released on Feb. 1. Historical novelist Russo Morin's first book, “The Courtier's Secret” (Kensington, Feb. 2009) was a finalist in this past year's prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and took first place in the Best First Book category of the RWI-RWA contest. Her second novel, “The Secret of the Glass” (Kensington, March 2010), was chosen as an Outstanding Pick for 2010 by Book Illuminations.

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February 10, 2011

Is North Kingstown ready for a medical marijuana facility? Well, that depends on whom you ask.
At a special meeting Monday, members of the public and local elected officials got to express their support and/or concerns with two proposed "compassion centers" in North Kingstown and, judging from the meeting itself, they're split on whether the centers will do more harm than good.

Details emerge from large drug bust in North Kingstown

February 9, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – An investigation that began back in September ended last week with Rhode Island State Police and the United States Drug Department of Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Rhode Island Task Force officials, arresting three out of state males, seizing 66 kilograms of cocaine and $1,245,100 in cash during a planned raid at a storage facility on 376 Dry Bridge Road, Unit A-3, North Kingstown. State Police are calling the raid one of the biggest in state history, both in the amount of cash and the amount of drugs seized.

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