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Fire chief has deep NK roots

March 19, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – North Kingstown has a new Fire Department Chief. His name? Chief Fenwick Gardiner.
Gardiner, 52, became the department's 11th chief after his swearing-in ceremony Monday at the North Kingstown Town Council meeting. He replaces former Chief Patrick Campion who retired in December.
“We’re pleased and honored to accept this position tonight that Fenwick will be staying on with us and not retiring to somewhere sunny,” Council President Liz Dolan said. “We’re grateful that’s he’s willing to take the lead of this fine fire department.”

North Kingstown gets ready to show off its spirit

March 18, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Do you take pride in your town? Are you looking to show off your spirit? You’re not alone.
The 11th annual Spirit Day will be celebrated at North Kingstown High School this Saturday, Mar. 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“This is about good feelings, good friends and community interest,” said Spirit Day committee member Harriet Powell. According to Powell, the committee has been planning this day since November.

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March 17, 2011

It was a big week for local news stories in North Kingstown this week as a 26-year old man from Glocester was killed in an industrial accident in West Davisville, NK itself got a new fire chief and two local senators put their name on a controversial bill to reintroduce the much discussed E-Verify program back into Rhode Island.
Read all about it, and much more, in this week’s Standard Times.

EWG SC approves school budget

March 16, 2011

WEST GREENWICH—The Exeter West Greenwich School Committee approved the adoption of the final budget for 2011-12 school year on Tuesday night, at a total operational cost of $30, 828, 944.
The school committee unanimously approved the final 2011-12 school year budget, with the cost to Exeter at $10,365,920 and the cost to West Greenwich at $12,411,315.

Oatley’s development will be discussed at next PB meeting

March 15, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the proposed development at Oatley’s Restaurant on Ten Rod Road and the adjacent property Rolling Greens Golf Course, as well as voice their opinion, at the next North Kingstown Planning Commission meeting, this Tuesday evening.
The applicants are Mark Hawkins of M.L. Hawk Realty, LLC, owner of the golf course and Oatley’s owner Vaughn Oatley. The pair previously came before the Planning Commission in December during a public hearing where many spoke out in opposition.

North Kingstown resident finds success on robotics team

March 14, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Who said girls can’t do what boys do?
Whoever it was clearly never met North Kingstown resident Megan Nadeau, a seventh-grade student from St. Mary's Bay View Academy that recently helped her St. Mary Academy Robotics Team capture first place in the First Lego League (FLL) Rhode Island Robotics Championship 2011, held in January at Roger Williams University.

Future of rail service in RI explored

March 13, 2011

PEACEDALE—The Friends of Kingstown Station held their annual meeting at the Peacedale Library on Monday night, giving an update on the possibility of rail service coming to Wickford Junction.
Speaker Steve Devine, Chief of Intermodal Planning of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), presented a program update called “Beyond Wickford Junction,” which focused on the progress of a train station coming to Wickford.
“We're not building any more highways,” Devine said. “As the congestion worsens in the state, our big macro-goal is to find other ways of transportation.”

Local schools not sure how to react to funding formula

March 12, 2011

Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Geismar has an expression he likes to refer to that prevents him from overreacting to bad news.
“I always say to myself, don’t cry before you’re hurt,” Geismar said in a phone interview yesterday afternoon.

NK students ready for West Side Story

March 11, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Within the darkened auditorium, the only light coming from the stage, over 50 North Kingstown High School students sacrificed their Saturday for a 12-hour day of rehearsals for “West Side Story” last weekend. The classic story of star-crossed lovers came to amazing life during the cue-to-cue light rehearsal, which started at 10 a.m. and lasted until well into the evening hours.
The students have been putting in seven-hour rehearsal days after school since January, according to director Norma Caiazza.

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March 10, 2011

"One Hand, One Heart"
West Side Story, the classic story of two star-crossed lovers, comes to life this weekend in North Kingstown and we've got everything you need to know about the play in this week's Standard Times as writer Judee Cosentino gives you an inside look at the play and those behind it.
In addition, see how local schools and local residents are reacting to Governor Chafee's budget proposal in relation to education and the effect of rising gas prices.

 

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