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July 3rd, 2012

Curmudgeon's Corner: Food service contract has little to do with 'the kids' (OPINION)

July 3, 2012

The National Education Association Rhode Island sent a postcard to its members before the school committee work session on June 12. The postcard urged attendance at the session to save the jobs of the food service workers and custodians. The former jobs are not in jeopardy at this time so apparently they were included to incite attendance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 2nd

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Standard-Times goes into the vault for "Times Past" (Week of 6/28)

July 3, 2012

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
Thursday, June 28, 2007

North Kingstown teachers approved a three-year contract that calls for a three-percent increase in teachers’ pay in each of the three years. The contract also included a two-percent per year increase for healthcare co-pays.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WEB EXCLUSIVE: EG Juniors take down Narragansett

July 2, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – The wait was worth it.
After three-and-a-half hours of baseball, the East Greenwich Junior Division All-Stars beat Narragansett 16-7 at East Greenwich High School in a game that was stopped one inning short due to darkness, moving the team to the losers’ bracket semifinal Monday against Westerly at the Trombino Complex at 5 p.m.
“We plan on going all the way to the districts and beyond,” EG coach Neil Fraden said. “We got off to a bad start but that’s behind us. We’ve got a really good team and we put a really good game together.”
It started with the offense.

July 1st

When push came to shove, Ed Tarbox couldn’t leave NK

July 1, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Ed Tarbox stands on the showroom floor of his brand-new car dealership on Quaker Lane in North Kingstown Friday afternoon and, for a moment, pondered all the obstacles he had to overcome during the past nine years to make the 49,000-square foot complex a reality.
It is the day before the official grand opening celebration.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 30th

Online maps give public crime info

June 30, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
 
NORTH KINGSTOWN – The police department has launched an online crime mapping system to provide up-to-the-minute information to town residents concerned about such things as speeding, break-ins or other problems occurring in their neighborhoods.
According to Patrol Officer Kevin Gleason – who is in charge of communications, the department’s computer system and maintaining the mobile computer systems in all the vehicles – he learned about the mapping service and went straight to the top.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 29th

Wickford weighs in with an order of wings

June 29, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Silo, a 16-year-old barn owl, is special for a number of reasons. Her advanced age is one; the oldest owl living in captivity is 20.
Her very existence is another. As predatory birds fall prey themselves – they’re dying from eating mice which have consumed rat poison – only five nesting pairs of barn owls remain in all of Connecticut.
Silo had every right to enjoy her moment in the spotlight on Sunday, during Wickford’s first birding event – although, to be honest, it was less a spotlight and more a heat lamp.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local firm, URI helps supply Coventry H.S. with lab equipment through grant

June 29, 2012

COVENTRY — With the help of a grant from the Amgen Foundation, high school students will continue to get a hands-on experience in the ever growing field of biotechnology.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) was awarded the $94,000 grant to offer, for the sixth year, the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program at high schools throughout the state.

More than 5,000 students and 100 teachers in Rhode Island participate in the program, including Coventry High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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