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Local basketball teams learn their playoff opponents

February 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET – As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sports’ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom “Saar” Sorrentine.

Pension reform sparks police, fire retirements

February 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Continuing concern over pension reform and the city’s shaky financial condition are helping fuel one of the biggest retirement waves among police and firefighters since 2009.
Fourteen workers have tendered retirement papers since December — six police officers and eight firefighters, according to figures supplied by the city’s personnel department.
Nearly 50 additional public safety employees, including 18 police officers and 26 firefighters, are currently eligible to retire with at least minimum basic pension benefits.

Philip W. McMullin, Jr.

February 22, 2012

Philip W.
McMullin, Jr.

PALM BAY, FL- Philip W. McMullin, Jr., 79, of Palm Bay, FL, Whitinsville, MA and formerly of Bellingham, MA, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2012 at Washburn House in Worcester, MA with his family by his side. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Dunham) McMullin and the late Audrey A. (Willhauck) McMullin.
Born in Newton, MA on November 3, 1932, he was the son of the late Philip W. and Barbara (Connolly) McMullin.

Celeste I. Cardin

February 22, 2012

Celeste I. Cardin

UXBRIDGE- Celeste I. (Filion) Cardin, 47, died Tues. Feb. 21, 2012 in Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of David M. Cardin.
Mrs. Cardin was a Para Professional for 11 years in the Uxbridge Public School System working with special needs students and young adults at both Whitin Middle School and the Independence Project. Celeste had previously worked at Fr. Marot CYO Center in Woonsocket, RI.

Expect big hikes in sewer fees

February 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The much-bemoaned financial burden of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant will begin hitting home in the form of steep hikes in sewer fees as soon as the next bills go out in May.
The average homeower’s bill of $69.23 per quarter will rise by some 12 percent, effective immediately, followed by a series of increases in each of the next four calendar years of 11, 11, 5 and 5 percent, respectively, under an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council.

State readies for 350th

February 22, 2012

Heralding the 1663 Royal Charter for the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as “one of the great human rights documents of the world,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles II’s grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the state’s founder, and the charter in his speeches and Statehouse presentations, Chafee appointed a 34-member commission to organize a celebration for the sesquarcentennial, which will culminate on July 8, 2013.

CUMBERLAND -- Although Frank Geiselman has officially retired from Cumberland High School...
CUMBERLAND — Even dating back to last summer, skipper Dave Belisle had a feeling his...
  BRISTOL  –  Sean Meers clubbed two homers, drove in five runs and scored...
BELLINGHAM – Like bats to the Batcave, legions of Batman fans swarmed Friendly Neighborhood Comics Wednesday to...
launched a new mass emergency notification system designed to alert residents of public safety threats, parking bans,...
WOONSOCKET – A move to punt City Council President Albert G. Brien from his leadership role on the panel ended...

 

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