August 16th, 2015
The weather may suggest otherwise, but summer is officially over for Rhode Island interscholastic student-athletes and coaches.
Today is the first day the rest of the state’s high school sports teams could officially begin practice – football teams opened camp last Thursday – and prepare for the 2015 fall season.
It’s an exciting time of year.
WOONSOCKET â An early evening fire heavily damaged a single-family home at 74 Vine St. Sunday, but was brought under control by fast-moving city firefighters.
The family living in the dwelling on the corner of Vine and Rivulet streets was reported to have been away when the fire broke out just before 6:50 p.m., and neighbors were able to ensure their three dogs all made it out safely, according to witnesses.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is ramping up her fight against urban blight by hiring another housing inspector to help the Building Department tackle the more than 200 abandoned and eyesore properties throughout the city.
The deadline for candidates to submit applications for the job is today, and Baldelli-Hunt says she hopes to have the $670- to $736-a week job filled by Oct. 1.
BURRILLVILLE â During a ceremony marked by a moment of silence for the latest Rhode Islander killed in a faraway conflict, members of Burrillvilleâs veteran community on Sunday dedicated Bridge #672 on Route 102 in the memory of town residents James A. Blanchard and Allan B. McCutcheon â members of the Armyâs 4th Infantry Division who died in Vietnam in March of 1967.
PROVIDENCE â Sometime after 4 oâclock next Tuesday, Raymond D. âBeaverâ Tempest Jr. will walk out of the ACI a free man after 23 years behind bars.
MILLVILLE â If you ask Margaret Carroll, 91, what she remembers most about the end of World War II 70 years ago, she doesnât hesitate to point to the tributes on the wall the Longfellow Building veterans room to the town residents who never came home.
âI was thinking of all of this just because we all knew them personally,â Carroll, who had worked during the war to keep service members informed with a âHometown Newsâ publication, said during a visit to the veterans room on Thursday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â No one has come forward to claim a large Boa constrictor found at a Main Street, Slatersville, home over the weekend, and the probable lost pet appeared to be settling in to its new digs at Creatures Plus at 1435 Victory Highway.
Tony Grosso of Johnston, found managing the store Wednesday afternoon, said he has taken to calling the snake âSneakyâ because it is believed to have made its way into an elderly womanâs air-conditioning unit attached to her house.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Scott Goodwin had one of those days on Saturday that animal control officers sometimes have – the discovery of an unexpected creature in a place it shouldn’t be.
Goodwin received a call from the police department about a long snake at a home on Main Street in Slatersville on Saturday, and went over to talk with the elderly woman who had discovered it at around 3 p.m.
The resident said she had seen the snake outside sunning itself near her air conditioning unit, so Goodwin went to take a look.
NORTHBRIDGE — The kindness and generosity of the community was on display Saturday, as upwards of 200 runners and walkers took to the streets, uniting together for the Luke’s Run/Walk 5K and Family Fun fundraiser to benefit Luke Wiegers, an 11-month-old boy who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called acute myeloid leukemia.
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