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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 31, 2007
The Beach Rose CafĂ© opened in Wickford Village at 85 Brown Street. The cafĂ© replaced the old Waterfront Grille that closed in January 2007.
Susan Licardi, the North Kingstown Water Director, asked the Town Council to implement a once a week water ban to replace the odd/even water ban. Licardi believed that even though people were watering on the correct days, they were watering their lawns too often.
The North Kingstown High School student-newspaper, The Current Wave won its fourth consecutive best newspaper award in the Providence Journal Scholastic Journalism Contest.
Governor Donald Carcieri, and other state politicians visited Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery for Memorial Day to remember those who died serving and to thank those who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The North Kingstown town council pushed back the vote on whether to reopen the former Slocum fire station to June 11. The council seemed poised to reopen the former Slocum fire station, but pushed the vote back to avoid another Open Meetings Act violation.
Ten years ago
May 30, 2002
Parents told the Exeter-West Greenwich school committee they were worried about health issues at Lineham Elementary School. Concerns ranged from leaking pipes and an outdated heating system, to mold and handicapped accessibility problems.
North Kingstown parents criticized the school committee for closing Fishing Cove Elementary School and reconfiguring several other of the districtâs elementary schools.
Musicians sang in Wickford village to help the North Kingstown Food Pantry gather donations.
Twenty years ago
May 29, 1992
The American Civil Liberties Union said North Kingstownâs new policy of administering on-site Breathalyzer tests to students whose parents gave prior consent, was unconstitutional. Steven Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU said he would file a lawsuit to challenge the policy âif contacted by an aggrieved teenager.â
The Independent Energy Corp. showed the North Kingstown town council plans to build a power plant in Quonset. The IEC wanted to build a plant that would produce 200 megawatts of electricity and generate steam to sell to other businesses at the Quonset Point industrial park.
Some 600 Kwanzan cherry trees have been planted in North Kingstown since 1983 when Greg Coppa of Poplar Point began planting them to celebrate the birth of his daughter.
The North Kingstown town council approved the school districtâs prepayment of the 1992-1993 debt. The prepayment allowed the school committee to restore nearly $1 million in previously cut programs and personnel to the next yearâs budget.