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Plum Beach Lighthouse plate receives national honor

July 18, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Plum Beach Lighthouse license plate, with its handsome rendering of the historic fireplug-style beacon, has been voted the first runner-up in a national contest sponsored by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
Dave Zapatka, president of Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse, says the plate was nominated in early March and by mid-April he was informed of the honor.
“It was the best finish for a specialty plate,” he notes. “There had never been one in the top five.”

Tell Me Your Story: Andrew Correia: Reverence is the key to his calling

July 17, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The voice answering the phone at The Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home in Wickford is deep, warm and confident. It belongs to the youngest managing funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island, Andrew Correia.
He is 23 and, in every way, remarkable.
“Since I was a young boy I have always been interested in the funeral profession: the pomp and circumstance, the beautiful black cars from the fleet, and the mystique of it all,” he says. “I’ve worked at funeral homes since high school. I’ve always been an old soul.”

Art Festival a big draw in Wickford

July 16, 2011

By LILLIAN DUNNING
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It was a triumphant weekend for the Wickford Art Association.
By the close of the 49th annual Wickford Art Festival on Sunday evening, exhibitors, attendees and organizers all shared a sense of relaxed satisfaction in the success of this year’s event.
A yellow-shirted Festival Staff member commented that “A lot of people have been coming up to the Information Booth with compliments, saying it’s the best year yet. When they take the time to seek you out and tell you this, you know they really mean it.”

Auger appointed interim superintendent

July 15, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Three weeks of speculation over whether or not Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton would indeed leave the North Kingstown School Department came to a conclusion Monday night as the NK School Committee announced it had formally received Thornton’s letter of resignation and, in a quick move meant to speed up the process of finding his replacement, the committee appointed Dr. Philip Auger on an interim basis.

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July 14, 2011

It's been the topic on everyone's mind in North Kingstown. Will Dr. Phillip Thornton stay or go as Superintendent of the NK School District?
Monday night, he made his answer clear with a letter of resignation and, wasting little time, the NK School Committee began the process of finding his replacement, appointing Dr. Philip Auger as interim superintendent beginning July 22nd.

Politics as Usual: It's a new ballgame in the General Assembly

July 13, 2011

At various times in this space, I have compared the General Assembly leadership to the leaders of the old Soviet Union, imperiously working their own will and impervious to public opinion.
Not so this year.
This year people power won at least two major political and policy victories.
The first was killing Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s sales tax proposals. That brought a whole shipload of businesspeople to the Statehouse to oppose the idea at the House Finance Committee.

Cappuccino, martinis, anyone?

July 12, 2011

BY MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Wickford Flowers, formerly a venerable town fixture owned by the Greene family, is undergoing a transformation.
According to owner Tim Schartner, the operation, in business for a half-century, has phased out cut-flowers, transferring that service to Blossom Florist, in East Greenwich, another Schartner enterprise.

Once a dairy farm, SunRose is now a healing garden

July 11, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – On rustic Gilbert Stuart Road, a stone’s throw from the noisy rush of traffic heading to and from the beach is SunRose Farm, a place so peaceful that it’s possible to tune out external commotion.
In the Pierce family for more than 200 years, this was once a 110-acre dairy farm.

Woody Hill restoration nearly done

July 10, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER –Virginia Barber Laiho, 84, has fond memories of attending the one-room Woody Hill School off Route 165 in the western part of town.
“It was very interesting,” she says, “because we used to live across the street from the school. I would go over early to get the fire started in the cast-iron stove. The kids would walk or ride in the milk cart and the teachers lived with different families. One lived with us for two years; she had a room and ate with us.”

Wickford gears up for Art Festival

July 9, 2011

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—It would be hard to blame Francie Christophersen if her focus isn’t exactly on this year’s Wickford Art Festival.
Now in its 49th year, the Festival has become one of the signature summer events in Rhode Island and, next year, for the big 50th anniversary, Christophersen and her cohorts at the Wickford Art Association are likely going to want to pull out all the stops for that special milestone.

 

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