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A pumpkin tradition

October 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Every October, the local neighborhood kids would walk past 195 Dahlia Street and wonder where the giant pumpkins came from. Unbeknownst to some, these massive gourds were grown by Ron and Shirley Lucier as a way to get their three sons outside and having fun during the holiday season.
Almost 30 years later, the yearly pumpkin display still draws friends and family together, the latest being the Lucier’s granddaughter, Hallie.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local man arrested for B&E, sexual assault

October 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A North Kingstown man was arrested this past Sunday for allegedly breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a woman inside. Ronald Wright, 21, of 20 West Allenton Road, was apprehended after escaping a struggle with the homeowner.
According to a North Kingstown Police Department release, Wright assaulted the woman sleeping in the house and fled. He was arrested after an investigation by police from North Kingstown and Narragansett.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK student heading to Washington to participate in medical conference

October 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Michaela Sullivan, a student at North Kingstown High School, wants to one day help guide patients, as a doctor, through their most difficult times. Next month, the junior will get take a big step towards that dream, becoming Rhode Island’s representative at the Congress for Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C.
“It is such an honor,” said Sullivan. “I was so surprised that I got the letter.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Getting to know your local candidates

October 27, 2014

With the November elections coming fast, it is important for the public to be informed about the candidates for which they may vote. Today, we take a look at the candidates for town council in North Kingstown.

NORTH KINGSTOWN 

Name: Ellen Balasco
Address: 195 Deer Ridge Drive
Contact:  electellenb@gmail.com
Party affiliation:  Democrat
Occupation:  Attorney 
Education:  Bachelors - University of Rhode Island;  Juris Doctor - New England School of Law
Political experience:  NK Zoning Board of Review; NK Charter Review Commission

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee approves lease for admin building

October 16, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—After a lengthy argument among its members, the North Kingstown School Committee approved a lease agreement with the Quonset Development Corporation to move the district’s central administration office to the business park. According to Superintendent Philip Auger, the current building on Fairway Drive has ‘outlived its useful life.’
“This is an important move,” he said. “It is literally about saving money, upgrading the facilities we use. It is part of the overall plan.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK joins list of towns opposing charter school expansion

October 16, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN – On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown School Department joined a growing number of communities in expressing their opposition to the proposed expansion of a local charter school. The Kingston Hill Academy in South Kingstown, has recently appealed to the Rhode Island Board of Education (RIDE), asking for expanded facilities to accommodate more elementary school students.
In a letter dated Oct. 14, North Kingstown Superintendent Philip Auger asked the RIDE Commissioner Deborah Gist and the Rhode Island Board of Regents to reject the proposal.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Can democracy survive in age of Google?

October 16, 2014

KINGSTON—Information, whether we want it or not, is at our fingertips. The internet, cell phones, and other myriad technologies allow us all to ‘know’ more about the world around us, but others, such as the government and corporations, are also listening in, and keeping track of our interests and interactions.
Such pervasiveness is a threat to every American’s civil liberties, says author Heidi Boghosian, and the public’s voice of dissent is slowly being suppressed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIDEO: Best Seasonal Produce for Fall

October 10, 2014

VIDEO: Best Seasonal Produce for Fall
Summer may be over, but there are a few flavorful fruits and veggies that may get you excited for the Fall season! Krystin Goodwin (@Krystingoodwin) has a few of the best harvested produce to inspire you to get cooking this season!

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK Council approves Wickford Art lease

October 9, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN–On Monday night the North Kingstown Town Council approved two changes to the town’s lease with the Wickford Art Association. The existing lease, set to expire in 2038, already includes language that allows voters and the Art Association to agree on 10-year extensions if the current terms of the lease remain intact. Should the town decide to rewrite the terms of the lease, however, the Art Association asked for first-right-of-refusal, allowing them the opportunity to accept or reject the new lease before it is put out to the general public.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Auger increases police presence in light of school threat

October 9, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN-Superintendent of Schools Philip Auger sent out an email on Wednesday morning to ensure parents that the school district is taking necessary steps to secure students and faculty in light of a threat against schools in Johnston, Warwick and Cranston yesterday. Auger stated that police presence would be increased at the district’s schools, although no school in North Kingstown has received any threat.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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