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North Kingstown, EWG get high marks from RIDE

June 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Last Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released its 2014 classifications, and schools in North Kingstown and Exeter-West Greenwich have achieved high marks. Wickford Middle School and the Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School both gained the highest distinction as ‘commended’ schools.
In North Kingstown, Hamilton Elementary School, Stony Lane Elementary School and the high school all achieved ‘leading’ designations, and no school in either districts received lower than a ‘typical’ rating.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EWG seniors celebrate at Ryan Center this past Saturday

June 19, 2014

EXETER—Four years at Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School have come to a close as the Class of 2014 walked to gain their diplomas at the Ryan Center this past Saturday. The event was full of tears and excitement from parents, friends and siblings, all who have seen the graduates grow through the challenges which they faced.
Before handing out diplomas and enjoying the festivities of the day, Superintendent of Schools James Erinakes began by reflecting on the challenges which the modern-day student faces.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NEASC extends high school accreditation

June 12, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Tempers flared among school committee and administration members on Tuesday evening during discussions of a jam-packed agenda. North Kingstown High School Principal Tom Kenworthy, however, first presented the school committee with the New England Association of Schools and College’s (NEASC’s) report and awarding of ‘continued accreditation’ to the school based on its research and subsequent visit last fall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hughes denied parole

June 12, 2014

CRANSTON—James Hughes, who killed North Kingstown’s beloved Howard ‘Zeke’ Harris in 1982, will remain incarcerated for the next three years after the state’s parole board voted against a request for release. Hughes, who was sentenced to life in prison in November 1983, shocked the North Kingstown community when he murdered Harris, a patron and a friend to many, at his furniture store and robbing him of $70 for his drug addiction.

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Biking for a friend

June 12, 2014

EXETER—When Kelly Hatfield recalls the life of her cousin, Kate Kenworthy-Rodrigues, she remembers a young woman, ‘full of energy all the time.’ Kate passed away in July 2012 after battling breast cancer for five years.
“When she was in the final stages of cancer, Kate continued with her husband and daughter,” said Hatfield. “Even at the very end, when she couldn’t walk, she was looking forward to the future and trying to fulfill all her dreams, not only for herself, but her daughter, Victoria.”

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NK Fire Department christens new rescue vessel

June 12, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On a bright, warm morning this past Saturday, the North Kingstown Fire Department gathered at Allen Harbor Marina to christen the newest member of its amphibious fleet; the Marine 5 fireboat.
The 37-foot ‘moose’ jet propulsion vessel boasts myriad technologies which will assist firefighters in responding to marine incidents, including compressed-air bottles, a deck monitoring system which draws water from the bay to fight fires, and side and bottom sonar in order to find sunken wrecks or individuals.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Former NK officer dies after bus accident

June 5, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Last Wednesday afternoon, security officer Frank McKnight was struck by a RIPTA bus on Washington Street in Providence just outside the federal courthouse, causing injuries to which he succumbed on Thursday around 6:30 p.m. The 69 year-old, who served as a security officer for 12 years, had been a North Kingstown police officer from 1975 until his retirement in April 2002.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Deer Brook case sent back to Supreme Court for mediation

June 5, 2014

EXETER—At Monday evening’s town council meeting, Town Solicitor James Marusak informed the council that the ongoing issues at the Deer Brook Condominium site will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for further mediation. The site was originally the subject of a court order stipulating the Deer Brook Development Corporation (DBDC) to install groundwater monitoring wells, among other implementations, to improve the area’s environmental impact. Those stipulations to date have not been met.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Family urges board to keep father’s murderer in prison

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Howard ‘Zeke’ Harris was a man who had endured a difficult youth to become one of the most endearing and well-known members of the North Kingstown community. On Sept. 15, 1982, the furniture store owner and friend with many was murdered by James Hughes, who is scheduled for a parole board hearing on June 9.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Famed runestone to be placed in Updike Park

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A rediscovered runestone, water service maps, and sidewalk safety were topics of conversation at Monday night’s North Kingstown Town Council meeting.

The roughly five-ton runestone, discovered by a shellfisherman nearly a dozen years ago just below the low water mark off Pojac Point, appears to have ancient markings inscribed on its surface and has been the subject of debate for historians ever since.

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