October 8th, 2015
CUMBERLAND – People like Alan Tenreiro and Adolfo Costa are doers and men of swift action.
They also have soccer in their blood, which as it turns out proved to be quite handy.
Late last month, Cumberland High was thrown into a quandary upon the resignation of first-year boys’ soccer head coach Manny Veiga. With nine regular-season games still ahead for the Clippers, the program required a quick solution.
WOONSOCKET — Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has been named to serve on the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns Executive Board under a move placing a Woonsocket official in that role for the first time in what could be many years.
The city returned to the League as one of its member communities just last year after an extended absence and Baldelli-Hunt’s selection highlights the city’s more active status during that period.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Bryson Murray is only nine years old, but she has the business savvy of someone three times her age and a heart of gold – or is that lemon?
On Saturday, Aug. 8, Bryson, a student at the Halliwell Memorial School in North Smithfield, raised more than $1,000 in one day with her lemonade stand, which will go to 6 West and the Extraordinary Needs Fund at Boston Children Hospital, which provides vital financial relief for families with critically ill children.
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Of all the members of the Red Sox baseball staff in place when Dave Dombrowski became president of baseball operations, PawSox manager Kevin Boles was probably the only person who could safely say he had a foot in the door with the new guy in town.
WOONSOCKET – The Kwik-Mart convenience store at 118 Main Street is scheduled to be back in operation on Friday after a movie company crew worked to restored it from use in filming of scenes for The Purge 3.
Nathan Kirk of Cranston, a member of Local 481 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said he and his fellow crew members of the New England Studio Mechanics unit were expecting to have everything completed for the store’s opening as they finished up remaining projects on Monday.
CUMBERLAND — Burrillville senior Zach Durand has a simple objective every time he toes the line for a cross-country meet.
“He’s in it to win it,” stated Broncos head coach Samantha Stanton. “He has the mental and physical capacity for this. Plus he’s a senior so he’s got nothing to lose at this point. He’s giving it everything he’s got.”
WOONSOCKET – The city stepped $5 million closer to building a new water treatment plant Monday as the City Council gave Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt the authority to borrow the first phase of funds needed to launch construction of the project, which could cost up to $48 million to complete.
Administrative Aide Michael Annarummo, who is handling the project, said construction is not expected to begin in earnest until next summer, however.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Citing “some shady behind the scenes stuff” involving members of the School Committee and Town Council, longtime School Committeewoman Christine A. Bonas has resigned from her position.
“I believe there is some very unethical behavior going on bordering on violations of the (Open Meetings Act),” Bonas wrote in a letter of resignation to Town Clerk Debra A. Todd. “I will not be associated with that.”
BURRILLVILLE – Christine Bonoyer isn’t surprised by anything that walks out of the woods – not after living in the northern reaches of Maine for many years.
But when a black bear shoved its snout against the sliding glass door of her back deck Sunday night, even she wasn’t expecting such familiar behavior.
“He came running up the stairs like he’d done it before,” said Bonoyer. “His nose was almost touching the sliding glass door.”
BURRILLVILLE â€” He may be the most famous Rhode Island cartoonist and illustrator you've never heard of.
His popular cartoon characters, especially his beloved Itty Bitty Super Dupers, which appear in newspapers, on radio and television web sites, coloring books, calendars, public safety promotional literature, restaurant menus and place mats, and dozens of other outlets over the last 14 years, have entertained thousands of children.