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At the first North Kingstown School Committee meeting of 2020, the 15 percent capital reserve fee dominated public comment and carried over into the meeting itself, seeing the item pertaining to it moved up earlier in the meeting as multiple parents and students, many of which with connections to the school’s musical theater department, voicing their displeasure with the fee.

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The final year of the decade was another eventful one for the town of North Kingstown, with the future of the Town Hall building at 80 Boston Neck Road once again one of the most talked about local news issues in the area while business continued to boom in the Quonset Business Park with new developments and contracts, and bond projects approved in 2018 for the North Kingstown School District got under way. 

Here’s a look back at some of those stories that were the talk of the town in 2019.

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On Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a massive aerial attack on the headquarters of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, killing 2,335 US service members while wounding an additional 1,143 in the first attack by a foreign power on US since the War of 1812, propelling the Americans into World War II and making that Sunday morning a date which President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “will live in infamy.”