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Archive - Jun 2013

June 30th

FIRED UP: Safety, legality are key concerns when using fire pits or fireworks

June 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Nothing says summer like sitting around the fire pit, sipping a cold brew and shooting off a bottle rocket or two.

But city homeowners who like a good backyard fire with their pyrotechnics should know there are specific rules and regulations when it comes to fireworks and fire pits.

According to Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille, fire pits and chimineas are legal in the city, as long as certain rules are followed.

“Fire pits are legal to have and there is a city ordinance that outlines these rules and guidelines,” says Lataille.

Evan's Crew gets ready for Pan-Mass Challenge

June 30, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Tim Mandeville recalls watching his boy pursue his passions so well it hurts.
More often than not, when he looks outside his home, he still pictures young Evan playing baseball with his best friend, Riley Crozier, in the back yard. He rewinds that and other memorable videos in his mind time after time.

June 29th

Burrillville runs away with it, tops Bernon 13-6

June 29, 2013

BURRILLVILLE -- During the regular season, Burrillville Little League doesn’t allow its pitchers to throw curveballs, and that remains baffling to All-Stars’ skipper Bob Gelinas.

Still, he took great measures to prepare his mound staff for the start of the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) All-Star Tournament at Sherman Park’s Rymanski Field on Saturday afternoon.

Back bear spotted in North Smithfield

June 29, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — A large black bear was seen in the area of Old Oxford Road, Pound Hill Road and Stoney Drive at around 8 p.m. Friday, according to local police.
Residents are advised to use caution during outdoor events and are urged not to approach or attempt to feed the bear. Residents can call DEM at 401-222-3070 with any reports of sightings.

Application process to purchase Landmark is complete

June 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Just two days after Mayor Leo T. Fontaine excoriated them for dragging their feet, state regulators announced late Friday they’ve deemed Prime Healthcare Services’ application to buy Landmark Medical Center complete.
Under the Hospital Conversions Act, the Office of the Attorney General (RIAG) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) now have up to 120 days to decide whether to allow the sale of the struggling hospital to go through.

City, five unions reach contract agreements

June 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – In a milestone for its five-year solvency plan, the Budget Commission ratified collective bargaining agreements with five labor unions representing teachers, education paraprofessionals, City Hall workers, public works crews and others on Friday.
The mood was celebratory but restrained as the panel voted to approve agreements that represent millions of dollars in savings to the nearly-bankrupt city through 2017.

MAD ABOUT SCIENCE

June 29, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a “Mad Scientist” amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earth’s composition and the scientific method.
“Cyclone Cindy” Brunelle captured the children’s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.

June 28th

McGair: RIIL division alignment shouldn't send mixed messages

June 28, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

Based on recent discussion by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics, it might be time to chisel in stone the following commandment:

“Thou shalt not alter the makeup of divisions in non-realignment years.”

The time has come to take a hard line on teams petitioning the PCOA to move up or down in the midst of a given realignment cycle. The 2013-14 school term marks the conclusion of a two-year realignment, a precursor to the presumed changes to the realignment formula that figure to take effect in 2014-15.

Elizabeth Nealy

June 28, 2013

Elizabeth Nealy

WOONSOCKET- Elizabeth (Wright) Nealy, 94, of passed away peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Friendly Home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late John L. Nealy.
Born in Cobbtown, GA on March 1, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Susie (Lowry) Wright.

Gloria M. Laquerre

June 28, 2013

Gloria M. Laquerre

WOONSOCKET- Gloria M. (Latini) Laquerre, 84, of Poplar St. died Tuesday June 25, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Fernand J. Laquerre.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Santos and Dosolina (Alexandria) Latini.
Gloria worked for Finklesteins and Needlecraft and as a cashier for Almacs for several years prior to retiring.
She was a former member of of the YWCA Seniors and St. Joseph's Seniors, and the 1st Tuesday Club.
She enjoyed sewing, dancing, playing Bingo, cards and socializing with friends.

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