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Today's news is the first revision of tomorrow's history. Times Past provides a look back on past events through the pages of the Standard-Times as a way for us to examine the events that have helped shape the news of today.
Five years ago
May 17, 2007
n The Quonset Development Corporation's Board of Directors approved sending the Quonset bike path to the QDC's community advisory committee. The plans called for the path to run from Post Road, down Newcomb Road and up to Marina Road in the Allen Harbor area. The bike path cost $1.65 million, $1.3 million of which was provided by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, with the remainder provided by the QDC.
n Former Narragansett superintendent Al Honnen was named interim superintendent for the North Kingstown School District. The school committee voted to form a committee to search for a new superintendent after Dr. James Halley retired from his position a year before he was slated to retire in June 2008.
Ten years ago
May 16, 2002
n The North Kingstown Police Department participated in the "Click-it or Ticket" campaign to increase seat-belt use among drivers in the area.
n Bank Rhode Island announced plans to build a new Xcel branch across from the Home Depot shopping center at the entrance to Meadow Office Park. Construction started in the summer of 2002.
Twenty years ago
May 13, 1992
n The Exeter charter commission proposed changing the structure of town government to make the town clerk's position an appointed one instead of an elected one. The charter commission also proposed holding the Financial Town Meeting on a Saturday afternoon to attract more voters.
n North Kingstown held its first shoreline survey to provide data for the planning department to create a report on the town's 31 miles of coastline. Volunteers walked the town's shorelines and recorded their observations about the natural and manmade features of the shoreline ecosystem. The survey results were intended to keep the planning department informed of areas that may need water testing.
n The final bit of concrete was poured to connect the two halves of the new Jamestown Bridge. Cosmetic work, including guardrails, and paint, were all that was left after the two halves were connected.