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Pennoyer’s allegiance to the flag is unwavering

July 4, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – If you enjoy seeing the 40-plus American flags flying in Wickford during this year’s Fourth of July celebration, you can thank Bill Pennoyer who started the tradition in 2004, aided by Updike’s Newtown Cub Scout Pack 1.
Bill, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is 68 and is passionate about Old Glory.

NK Town Beach is really jumping

July 3, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGTSTOWN – People attending the town’s fireworks display on July 4 at the town beach will be facing a number of challenges.
The band pavilion is under construction, the old meal site is being demolished and both the Beechwood House and the 17th Century Lodewick Updike House, sitting on the lot next door, are ready to roll to their new locations.

Will Thornton stay or go? SC awaits decision

July 2, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Tuesday night, the North Kingstown School Committee held a special business meeting in which it elected member Kim Page as chairperson and Richard Welch as vice chairperson of the committee but the most newsworthy item of the night for the school district wasn’t what was happening in NK, it was what was happening 35 miles away.
By a 6-1 margin, the Cumberland School Committee voted to select NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton for its vacant Superintendent position.

Hail to the chief: Jamestown’s Tighe retires

July 1, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

JAMESTOWN – When East Providence native Thomas P. Tighe was searching for a job as a municipal police officer, his father-in-law clipped a newspaper ad advertising an opening in the Jamestown department.
“I didn’t know where Jamestown was,” he says, laughing. “My father-in-law, who worked at the radar station at Beavertail, had to give me directions.

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June 30, 2011

When news broke last week that North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was considering taking a position in Cumberland, it spread like wildfire throughout NK.
This week, we update you with all the latest news on Thornton, who was just selected for the vacant Superintendent position in Cumberland. Will he stay or will he go? How is the NK School Committee handling the news?

Politics as Usual: Not raising taxes looks a lot like raising taxes

June 29, 2011

You’ve gotta love the General Assembly.
Last year they said they balanced the budget without raising taxes. But you got whacked with a big tax bill for your car that was either the first one you had seen in years, or that was much larger than in previous years.
This year they said they balanced the budget without raising many taxes, except for a few items added to the sales tax.

Editorial: Thornton smart to look elsewhere

June 28, 2011

When news began to trickle out Monday afternoon that North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was a finalist for a vacant position with the Cumberland School District, there was a variety of different ways members of the school committee could have reacted.

Brennan carves career from Council to cold cuts

June 27, 2011

When Charles E. “Chuck” Brennan Jr. is hard at work in the deli at Dave’s Market on Tower Hill Road, he gets to cut through the baloney on a regular basis – a feat that’s not as easy in his other job as a town councilman.
While, technically, his meat-cutting involves bologna – spelled a different way – you get the point.
“I cut the baloney every day,” says Chuck, who has been working at Dave’s since May. He’s following in a family tradition: daughter Andrea Mumford worked at Dave’s through high school and college; another daughter, Kaitlin, works now at the Quonset market.

Air museum puts flight in perspective

June 26, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When visitors pour into the Quonset Air Museum this weekend they will see everything from a small balsa wood model of the Wright Brothers’ plane in a showcase to the giant TBM-3 Avenger – the same type of aircraft George H.W. Bush bailed out of as it crashed into the sea during World War II.
Although it’s open year round, this tribute to the history and genius of aircraft design receives its biggest audience – upwards of 1,000 – during the Quonset Air Show. This year’s event, celebrating the centennial of Naval aviation, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

NK arts group ready to rock

June 25, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—With beautiful weather and just the right amount of sunshine, Tuesday afternoon was, quite possibly, the epitome of a summer afternoon in North Kingstown but, instead of spending their time at the beach soaking up the sun and battling waves, the members of the NK Creative Dramatics Program sat inside a bland white room at the Cold Spring Community Center running through lines and rehearsing scenes.
Turns out, the group is just waiting for this weekend to have their fun.

 

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