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August 28th, 2015

Lincoln schools face teacher shortage thanks to enrollment bump

August 28, 2015

LINCOLN — Due to an unexpected increase in student enrollment, two elementary schools are adding classrooms merely a week before the school year is set to begin.

RIPTA Woonsocket terminus departs Depot Square

August 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The city and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority have reached an agreement to relocate the Depot Square bus stop, a controversial fixture of the downtown scene that is to be retired.

The Depot Square stop, located at the junction of Main and High streets, was moved to the north side of Cummings Way, effective Friday morning, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and RIPTA announced in a joint statement.

Faith community bids Blain farewell

August 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The late Rev. Lionel A. Blain’s favorite philosophy was Christian existentialism, which he studied from the writings of the famous 20th-century French philosopher Gabriel Honoré Marcel, whom Blain had met in person.

“Catholic existentialism stresses how we can encounter God in every encounter we have with other people, and that the living God is found in the present moment,” says Rev. Michael J. Woolley, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Woonsocket, where Blain, his predecessor, was pastor for 24 years before retiring in 2007 after 61 years in the priesthood.

August 26th

Officials say WMS gym woes will be cured by opening day

August 26, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Concerns over loose masonry block work covering steel supports in the Woonsocket Middle School buildings’ gymnasiums may be resolved sooner than expected, Facilities Director Peter Fontaine told the School Committee Wednesday night.

Fontaine said a member of his staff discovered a loose masonry block high up on the veneer covering a support beam at the Villa Nova Middle School gym last week, and an initial check of the problem with representatives of Gilbane Building Co. suggested that repair of the problem could take three to five weeks to complete.

August 25th

Woonsocket school chief touts new leaders

August 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET – It has been a busy summer at the school department’s McFee Administration Building and Superintendent Patrick McGee and his staff of directors believe that time has been well spent getting ready for the start of school next week.

McGee, who starts his first school year as Superintendent after recent service as both interim and assistant superintendent, said the filling of most of district’s administrative and director posts for the start of school puts the district a step above the opening days of recent years. 

Judge refuses to block RISE opening

August 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge has refused to issue a temporary order blocking RISE Prep Mayoral Academy in Woonsocket from opening on Monday because, he said, to do so would be akin to “a mandatory death sentence” for the fledgling charter school.

In a ruling from the bench yesterday, Judge Michael Silverstein said if RISE didn’t open it probably never would because, without students, it wouldn’t receive vital tuition aid from the state.

August 24th

Downtown woes continue: Vino's closes

August 24, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Main Street has lost another of its visible small businesses to a closing — Vino’s pub, at 83 Main St. — that had also been known for a time as Papa Nasuti’s.

The storefront business and residential building’s owner, Gary Fernandes, confirmed on Monday that Vino’s will not be reopening after its owner, Jason Dusablon, informed him he has decided to shut down permanently.

“He owned it and business was real slow and he didn’t want to run it anymore, so he closed it,” Fernandes said of the shutdown.

Woonsocket Track & Field | Villa Novans get ready to throw their weight around

August 24, 2015

When it comes to the weight events in high school track and field, particularly the hammer and indoor weight, Rhode Island has been one of the country’s best. At the national meet this past winter season, the Ocean State claimed the first three slots in the 25-pound weight and two of the top six in the girls’ 20-pounder. It was even better at the outdoor nationals where R.I. nearly swept the boys’ competition in the hammer, taking five of the six podium spots, and earned three medals for girls.

August 23rd

Gathering hopes to turn political action into results

August 23, 2015

WARWICK — Concerns ranging from the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark in downtown Providence to the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline project that runs through Burrillville were among the subjects discussed Saturday as the Green Party of Rhode Island came together at the 2015 Green Gathering.

The gathering, which was held at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick, brought together Green Party officials, local residents, concerned citizens, and even a presidential candidate.

August 22nd

Green Party presidential candidate visits CCRI

August 22, 2015

WARWICK – Presidential candidate Jill Stein said Saturday afternoon that the country is facing unprecedented crises in its economy, ecology, peace, and democracy, and that it is time to put people, peace, and the planet ahead of profit.

Stein addressed the audience gathered at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick as part of the Green Party of Rhode Island’s 2015 Green Gathering. She said this moment in time is “such a staggering, powerful moment,” and noted that while it is a moment of crisis, it’s also one of “incredible potential for deep, systematic change.”

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