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Mulligan ready to serve as new NK police chief

April 25, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—For Thomas Mulligan, North Kingstown is home.
From the moment he graduated from North Kingstown High School, Mulligan wanted to be a police officer on the North Kingstown Police Department, to serve his community the same way many of his family members and friends in law enforcement had.

Celebrations of Faith: John became support for Jesus' mother

April 24, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the last of the ecumenical Lenten luncheon series, the Rev. John Unsworth, of St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, introduced something new: humor.
A heavy rain had not kept people away – as in previous weeks, 100 attended – and, after the simple meal of bread and soup was over, he stepped to the front and announced: “I’ve had disturbing news. I’m dessert.”
Reminding the assembly that each of the six participating pastors had agreed to portray a key character from Holy Week, he said he chose John, “the beloved disciple. I’m no fool. That is who I am today.”

Tell me your story-Local cyclist airs support for charity

April 23, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Peter Leviten is a busy man: four days a week he commutes from Saunderstown to his job in Massachusetts as an advertising copywriter for the Bose corporation, and he divides his time between cities.
“For two days, it’s 72 miles each way; for another two days, it’s 85 miles each way,” he explains.
Now, adding to his travels – but in a pleasant way – he has taken up long-distance cycling. On May 1, he will participate in Cycle the Seacoast, in Portsmouth, N.H., joining others in biking 100 miles to benefit the American Lung Association.

NK, Exeter ready for Earth Day

April 22, 2011

Volunteers from the Concerned Citizens of Davisville are stepping up again in honor of Earth Day to keep their neighborhoods looking green and great.
The annual cleanup is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, May 1.
Volunteers of all ages, including eighth graders from the Davisille Middle School as well as the Cub Scouts from the Davisville Pack and other groups, will meet at the Davisville Middle School.

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April 21, 2011

Thomas Mulligan knew from an early age that he wanted to be a member of the North Kingstown Police Department. Now, he's in charge of it.
The 25-year veteran of the force was sworn in as police chief Monday evening and, in this week's Standard Times, we'll tell you a little bit more about the man behind the uniform.
In addition, we've got all the latest news on budget talks with the NK Town Council, not to mention an update on legislation proposed by several state representatives that hopes to challenge the release of convicted killer Michael Woodmansee.

Special Report: Homelessness in North Kingstown (Quidnessett at the forefront of battle to bridge gap)

April 20, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—When Allison Chatowsky talks about homelessness and the effect it has on the children not only in her kindergarten classroom at Quidnessett Elementary School but throughout North Kingstown, there’s one thing she feels passionate about above all.
“What more would I like to see done?,” she asks on a recent Friday afternoon. “I would definitely like to see our children not be labeled. All children should be identified and treated equally.”
Chatowsky is not alone in her view. In fact, her school goes above and beyond its duties to try to put every child on equal footing.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: More information released about local bridges

April 19, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – In last week’s Standard-Times, it was reported that two bridges in town had been identi-fied as “structurally deficient” by the Transportation for America.
Though the classifications haven’t changed, more information has been released as why the bridges were ranked that way.
The two that were classified were the bridge on Tower Hill Road that crosses Route 138 and the historic C.L. Hus-sey Bridge on Boston Neck Road which crosses Wickford Cove.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Improvements coming to the port of Davisville

April 18, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Last year, Quonset was the recipient of $22.3 million worth of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for major improvements to the Port of Davisville. The improvements have begun and continue to run on schedule.
By the time the improvements are completed, the port will increase in capacity, allowing for the staging for off-shore wind equipment and the handling of cargo for short sea shipping.

Celebrations of faith: Good Thief represents redemption

April 17, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When Myra Mudge heard there was to be an ecumenical series of Lenten lunches at churches all over town, she went to the Rev. Bertrand Theroux, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, and asked: Can we do it?
“He said yes,” she recalled. “It’s the first time we’ve had it here and I’ve been looking forward to it so much. It’s all so wonderful.”
As the organizer of last week’s event at the church on School Street, she can take pride in a job well done.

Tell me your story-Susan Aylward: I grew up in this library

April 16, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Susan Aylward remembers her first library experience accompanying her father on Sundays to the grand Greek revival building on Brown Street, where he was the custodian for 27 years.
“There was a wonderful smell; a combination of the books and the wax on the floors. It’s a comforting smell from my childhood.”
While her dad, the late Thomas Aylward – later the town’s fire chief – cleaned the rooms, Susan sat at the desk front desk.
“I played with the [circulation] cards,” she recalls. “I’m sure they were all out of order when the librarians came to work.”

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