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Rolling Green hearing stalls

May 20, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A planned public hearing to discuss an amendment to the comprehensive plan of North Kingstown began with a presentation by the Consensus Building Institute on how plans to bring a mixed-use development to the intersection of South County Trail and Ten Rod Road would affect those closest to it and ended with applicant Mark Hawkins sitting in a chair exhausted, his head in his hands, no closer to a decision than he was when he walked in.

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May 19, 2011

How far would you go to make sure your child has access to everything her fellow schoolmates have?
That's a question that's been on the mind of North Kingstown's Lisa Windham for quite some time now.
Her daughter Laura, a first-grader at Fishing Cove Elementary School, was born with spastic paraplegia, a neuromuscular disease similar to cerebral palsy and for much of Laura's young life, her mother has had to battle to get handicapped-accessible playgrounds so her child can enjoy recess with her classmates.
Read all about Laura's long journey in this week's Standard Times.

WMS goes from ‘junkyard’ to nationals

May 18, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—When Wickford Middle School teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier talks about the members of her Science Olympiad team this year, she can’t help being impressed by their focus and dedication.
“I’ve been blessed with the group I have,” she says. “They come in, we have snack time from 2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., they eat their animal crackers and then we get down to business.”
And business, it appears, is about to pick up.

Local liquor stores get a new tool to fight fake IDs

May 17, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—If you’re under 21 years old and are thinking of buying alcohol or tobacco, you might want to think again.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of North Kingstown’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the North Kingstown Police Department and local liquor store owners, there’s a new tool, an identification recognition scanner, designed to curb the use of fake identification.
The scanner looks much like an old-school credit card swipe machine but with new-school electronics.

Crime heats up in North Kingstown as temperatures rise

May 16, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The economy is down and thievery is up.
According to North Kingstown Police Capt. Patrick Flanagan, a recently-promoted veteran with 24 years on the force, certain crime cycles can be observed. North Kingstown is starting a new one: stealing metal to resell as scrap has become the hot trend.

Tell Me Your Story: Jamestown’s Charlene Tuttle reveals the science of winning

May 15, 2011

JAMESTOWN – Charlene Tuttle moves among the short desks in her science class at the K-4th grade school on Melrose Avenue, encouraging and guiding her charges with cheerful positive reinforcement.
To get their attention, she says, “Face me; body towards me. You’ll be sharing [the materials]. Thanks, kids, for listening!”
Later she says “Nice job!” when one responds correctly to a question.

SRIN wins five RIPA awards

May 14, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (SRIN) won a total of five awards in this year’s annual Rhode Island Press Association (RIPA) Editorial contest.
Paul J. Spetrini, editor of the North Kingstown Standard-Times, was awarded first place in the Sports Story Category for his coverage of the 2010 RIIL girls softball Division II State Championship victory by the Exeter-West Greenwich Scarlet Knights.

NK School Committee makes its first cuts

May 13, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Two weeks ago, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton cautioned the NK School Committee that if the town council did, in fact, level-fund the school district for fiscal year 2012, the resulting cuts necessary to bring the proposed budget into compliance would “cause a lot of pain in the district”.
Tuesday evening, that pain became very real.

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May 12, 2011

From the 'junkyard' to nationals, the Wickford Middle School Science Olympiad team has been on quite a ride this spring.
After coming in first at last month's state tournament, the team led by teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier earned its first-ever trip to nationals and will compete next week against the best and brightest scientific minds in the country on the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This week, we introduce you to the members of that team and profile their journey to the top of the state and beyond.

Exeter seeking slight increase

May 11, 2011

EXETER—Like a master chef holding a potful of an untested recipe, Exeter Town Council assistant Ken Findlay sat in front of his laptop computer Thursday night with the proposed FY 2012 budget for the Town of Exeter at his fingertips and did his best to see which combination of cuts and increases would please the greatest number of town council members during a special budget workshop meeting.
Tomorrow night, though, is the real test as that recipe goes out for public consumption for the first time.

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