June 14th, 2011
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo would be well advised not to put too much work into her pension reform plan before a judge rules in the case now before the Superior Court about whether employees who are vested in the pension system have a property right in their promised pension benefits.
I realize the prevailing passion is to say âscrew those state employees and their unions, what part of âthere is no moneyâ donât they understand?â
And that is a fine stance for someone to make a political point or a talk-show rant. But the law is the law and a judge is going to have to go by the law.
HOPKINTON -- The fate of the proposed $24.07 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 rests on the hands of the taxpayers who turn out to the poll today.
KINGSTONâTwo teams squared off against each other on the moist soccer field, one in red and the other in green. The play began and it was a game, a real one, as the crowd looked on and cheered. They shouted for their brothers and sons and friends as though a crowd at a bullfight.
On this Saturday morning, they cheered for the participants of the Special Olympics.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â After quickly gaining steam over the past few months, the Chariho Regional High School Alumni Association held its inaugural meeting Tuesday, June 7.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The four suspects charged with the burglary, robbery and conspiracy of a South Kingstown home and resident on Feb. 4 were indicted Wednesday.
The Washington County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging Brandon Kluth, 20, of 16 John Chafee Blvd., Newport, Stefon Jenkins, 20, of 18 John Chafee Blvd., Newport, Brittney Flesia, 19, of 18 Barnacle Drive, South Kingstown, and Jaylon Butler, 19, of 201 Rogers Lane, Middletown, each with one count of burglary, first degree robbery and conspiracy. Kluth, Butler, and Jenkins were also charged with one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâNoriko Whittaker is a tiny woman with an enormous voice, as anyone who heard her soaring, heartfelt vocal rendition of âGod Bless Americaâ at the Lafayette Bandâs May 21 âSalute to the Armed Forcesâ concert can confirm.
âI was born with this big voice,â says the native of Hokkaido, Japan, laughing. âMy mother said she could hear my voice from blocks away. She would say, âDonât talk so much outside.ââ
By ANDREW MARTIN
RICHMOND â If you are 50 years of age or older, you are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of the new Richmond Senior Center today, June 12.
NARRAGANSETTâThe streets of Narragansett will be filled with family and friends, walking and running for a great cause. The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is holding its 12th annual Run/Walk and Family Fun Day this Sunday, June 12.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Narragansett High School, participants of all skill levels will have the opportunity to compete in a friendly manner on a predetermined and beautiful course throughout town.
âAside from the opportunity to celebrate Katieâs life, we wanted a social event which brought together the community and to have fun,â said John DeCubellis, Katieâs father.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The 60-year-old principal of Fishing Cove Elementary School has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Edna M. âEdieâ Dunn, of 50 Pine River Dr., was stopped by North Kingstown police at 12:20 a.m. on June 3, after an officer observed a silver SUV drifting from lane to lane and then driving in both lanes simultaneously on Post Road near Namcook Road.
Hey Standard Times' readers, we've got a special treat for you today. Get a special sneak peek at the photos editor Paul J. Spetrini took at this weekend's graduation ceremonies for North Kingstown and Exeter-West Greenwich High School by visiting the Standard Times' new Facebook page.
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Exeter-West Greenwich High School(Saturday, June 11th)->
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