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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.

Unforgettable Characters: Lifelong villager Adelaide Lynch had strong bond with mother

May 10, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When I was contemplating who would be a good subject to recall as we approach Mother’s Day, Adelaide Lynch instantly came to mind.
Known to everyone as Adie, she was a tiny force of nature in Wickford, a kindly woman who was passionate about animal rights, an early practitioner of power walking and an enthusiastic and celebrated bridge player.

New hotel hopes to capitalize on NK’s growth

May 9, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—There are a lot of things that catch your eye when you first enter the lobby area of the new TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel in Quonset but there’s one thing in particular that says a lot about the hotel’s future goals.
Located steps away from the entrance/exit door is a map of Rhode Island that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. Smack dab in the middle of that map is the new hotel. That’s fitting because, if all goes according to plan, the new Marriott will be at the center of development in one of the state’s fastest growing business communities.

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