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WEB SPECIAL: Despite weather, ice stil not safe to skate on

January 26, 2011

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) advises that, despite the cold temperatures of the past week, there is no safe ice at monitored state parks at this time. Ice must have a uniform thickness of at least six inches before it is considered safe by DEM. It generally takes at least five to seven consecutive days of temperatures in the low twenties or below before ice may become safe.

FAMILY MATTERS: Having different hobbies doesn't have to be a bad thing

January 25, 2011

It can often be difficult to provide support when a partner has a hobby or passion that is not shared.
Many partnerships have to contend with one person who experiences great joy and satisfaction from an activity that is not a shared experience.
People may often feel resentment when time spent in after-work activities does not include a partner.
Partners who are regularly excluded from an enthusiastically pursued hobby or recreational activity may become dissatisfied with the relationship because of mounting resentments regarding time or the financial costs of the activity.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: NK Pet Refuge wins prize

January 24, 2011

The North Kingstown Pet Refuge won a $1,000 prize in The Animal Rescue Site’s Holiday $100,000 Shelter Challenge. This was the sixth online $100,000 challenge since 2008, the third this year, and Pet Refuge received the award for getting the most votes in the state during the contest period, thanks to its loyal supporters who were encouraged to vote daily. The contest ended in mid-December.
A complete list of winners can be found at The Animal Rescue Site, www.theanimalrescuesite.com.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Local people in the news

January 23, 2011

The following is a list of local people who have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments.

HONOR ROLL

Hailey Novis and Austen C. Novis, both of Jamestown, were named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.

Deneen A. Cooke, of North Kingstown, was named to the North Kingstown High School honor roll.

DEAN’S LIST

Erica A. Sweeney, of Exeter and Briana L. Paganetti, of North Kingstown, were named to the Dean’s President’s List for the fall 2010 term at Coastal Carolina University.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: As unemployment rate dips, gas prices rise in South County

January 22, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—For four straight weeks Rhode Islanders have seen their gas prices increase at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 per gallon, according to gasoline price website RhodeIslandGasPrices.com. Other websites including www.rhodeislandgasprices.com/ show constantly updated charts of the state’s cheapest and most expensive station rates.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Talk Radio-where political opponents turn into enemies

January 21, 2011

I have always been a First Amendment purist, especially when it comes to freedom of speech and (obviously) freedom of the press.
But I don’t think that calls for civility in our political rhetoric violate, or even restrict, the First Amendment.
Calls to ban or, even worse, punish harsh or uncivil political discussion would cross that line. But a voluntary admonition to tone it down and not be vicious or hateful is definitely inbounds.
Not all that long ago, politics was fun. It was fun for those who participated in it and it was fun for those, like journalists, who watched it.

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January 20, 2011

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest thing anyone has to ever go through and, right now, Barbara Bates is learning that lesson first hand. Bates, whose husband Bob was killed Friday afternoon at the Middle of Nowhere Diner in Exeter, recalls the man she loved in this week's Standard Times.
In addition, find out what Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist had to say about the North Kingstown School District, find out how both NK and Exeter are handling this winter's harsh weather and learn all about a proposed marijuana center that may be coming to town.

This week's scheduled meetings

January 19, 2011

The following is a list of meetings that will take place this week in North Kingstown and Exeter.

MONDAY, JANUARY 24
* North Kingstown Town Council Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., Beechwood House

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
* North Kingstown School Committee Business Meeting, 7 p.m., North Kingstown High School
* Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee Education Meeting, 6 p.m., Junior-Senior High School Library

WEB EXCLUSIVE: School bus, car collide in NK

January 18, 2011

A school bus carrying 25 children and a passenger vehicle collided in North Kingstown this afternoon.
There was a report of one injury in the accident and the children themselves were transferred to another bus.
Pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times for more details.

Commissioner Gist coming to NK Tomorrow Night

January 17, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will be holding a community forum in North Kingstown tomorrow night as part of her Commissioner’s 2010-2011 Listening and Learning Tour.
As part of her tour, Gist will visit every school district and hold a community forum where she’ll discuss the strategic plan that’s transforming education in the state and take questions from the public.

 

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