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May 30th

Chafee switches party affiliation

May 30, 2013

Governor Lincoln Chafee enters the Board of Canvassers in Warwick City Hall shortly after 10:00 a.m. Thursday to sign a short form switching his party affiliation officially from Independent to Democrat before a hoard of reporters and photographers who had gathered there before his arrival.

May 29th

Lincoln's Wahl settles for share of third place

May 29, 2013

CRANSTON – Jonathan Wahl left Cranston Country Club with a deeper appreciation of what it means to truly contend to win golf tournaments.
All the Lincoln High junior had to do was look over at what his playing partner – Portsmouth’s Jake Bauer – was doing over the final three holes, then refer back to his own scores. While Bauer closed strong with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16-17 and a par on 18, Wahl went par, par, bogey.

Come check out Main Street Saturday

May 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A new approach to hooking up commercial and retail tenants with downtown rental spaces will be spearheaded this weekend by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
“The Woonsocket Main Street Open House” is “first and foremost an effort to fill vacancies,” said Ainsley Cantoral, director of resource development for NeighborWorks, a private, non-profit agency in the city.

School board to weigh teacher recalls Thursday evening

May 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee will consider recalling another group of laid-off teachers tonight at 5 in the Hamlet Middle School as it wraps up work on staffing for the coming school year.
The panel laid off 59 of its teachers in February to reserve leeway for making staffing changes that might be required in finalizing next year’s budget. The School Committee has already rehired 36 of the teachers during earlier committee action leaving 23 still on layoff.
The state Budget Commission running city affairs also approved the recommended earlier recalls.

State takeover of Woonsocket schools? Chances are 'very slim'

May 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Amid a looming cash crunch, city officials are once again floating the idea of a state takeover of city schools as a way through the fiscal morass.
But Dave Abbott, the deputy commissioner of education, all but closed the door on a Central Falls-style takeover of the Woonsocket Education Department.
In an interview, Abbott gauged the chances of the Rhode Island Department of Education taking of the WED as “very slim.”

Walter H. Sharawara

May 29, 2013

Walter H. Sharawara

WHITINSVILLE- Walter H. Sharawara, 92, of Pleasant Street, died Sunday, May 26 at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Worcester with family by his side. His wife of 52 years, Mary A. (Keogh) Sharawara, died September 6, 1998.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on April 4, 1921, Walter was the son of Jakym and Antonina (Latocki) Sharawara and was raised in Blackstone.

May 28th

Lincoln's Jon Wahl shoots par, grabs lead in state golf championships

May 28, 2013

CRANSTON – Lincoln High junior Jon Wahl achieved medalist honors on Day 1 of the two-day Interscholastic League individual and state golf championships, waving his putter like a magic wand just about every time he set foot on the greens at Cranston Country Club.

Wahl finished the day with an even-par 71, and he’ll take a two-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round with Barrington’s Stephen Miller and Justin Matrone each carting round 73. Three additional players sit three strokes off the pace Wahl set.

Man stabbed over TV remote

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Stanislaw Okruta, 78, and his downstairs neighbor, Julien Stroz, 61, are friendly enough to watch TV together, but when an argument erupted over the remote control Sunday one of them ended up in the hospital.
Stroz was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with stab wounds to his head, arm and torso – the result of what he called “a little fight” with Okruta, according to police reports.
Because Stroz adamantly declined to file a complaint against him, Okruta was not charged with any crime, according to Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan.

4-day school weeks a possibility in proposed calendar

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Could four-day school weeks be coming to Woonsocket?
It’s possible, if a bill that passed the Senate last week manages to find its way to becoming law.
Introduced by State Senator Roger Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), the bill doesn’t mandate four-day school weeks. But with the state’s consent, school districts could adopt any sort of calendar they deem fit, so long as the school year provides no less than 1,080 hours of instructional time, the equivalent of the existing 180-day minimum.

Crossbow Killer seeks new trial -- author friend comes to his defense

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Seventeen years after his conviction in the road rage killing of another man with a powerful crossbow, Donald Graham is seeking a new trial with help from a friend in Alaska who has written a book about him.
Now 73, Graham is serving life without parole in the 1994 slaying of 42-year-old Michael Blodgett on the shoulder of I-95 in Attleboro, near the state line.

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