Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
COVENTRY â Jennifer and Melissa Schroeder Rondeau reckon that since April they have kept 16,800 disposable diapers out of the state landfill.
That feat may not seem noteworthy at first glance, until you realize it takes a disposable diaper, at best, about 250 to 500 years to decompose.
WOONSOCKET -- Local principals haven't received a pay increase for the past five years, but during that time they could count on past individual contractual agreements for a bit of job security.
Now, it appears the school department's ongoing fiscal troubles may be putting the local school leaders at risk.
Members of the school committee this week debated whether the school department's nine principals should serve "at will" and be open to layoffs at any time.
WOONSOCKET -- You couldn't have asked for a better holiday smile than the one members of the Woonsocket Police Department put on the face of Joel Felix, 4, at their annual Santa Claus party for local children this week.
WOONSOCKET â When the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy graduates its 115th class of recruits today, a few of the stars will be heading for jobs on the Woonsocket Police Department.
Timothy Greene is the valedictorian of the 19-member class. Matthew Derham won the Highway Safety Award. Patrick Greeno was the choice of his peers to read the Policeman's Code of Ethics, a graduation rite considered a high honor, says Capt. David A. Ricciarelli, the academy's assistant director of operations.
WOONSOCKET â From year to year, they've featured scenes that are quintessentially Woonsocket â the facade of the Stadium Theatre, the historic Court Street Bridge, the stately sidewalk clock from McCarthy's department store.
Now the city is offering a new installment of those limited edition Christmas tree ornaments, and this season they commemorate not one, but two of the city's venerable institutions: its police and fire departments.
WOONSOCKET â A federal grand jury Tuesday set the stage to make the shooting death and robbery of gas station manager David D. Main the state's first death penalty case in a decade.
The grand jury named Jason W. Pleau, 33, of Providence, Jose A. Santiago, 33, and Kelley M. Lajoie, 32, both of Springfield, Mass., on charges stemming from the murder, along with a ânotice of special findingsâ needed to satisfy sentencing prerequisites in death penalty cases.
WOONSOCKET â Students at the high school know it takes work for people from different ethnic backgrounds to get along.
They get that message by walking through the often crowded hallways of their culturally diverse school and also from their teachers and counselors who stress learning to work together and understanding others is the best way to leave the school with keys to a successful future.
CUMBERLAND â Daniel McKee, chairman of the board of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies Blackstone Valley (RIMABV), announced Friday the appointment of Jeremy Chiappetta as executive director of RIMABV schools.
Chiappetta will oversee both RIMABV elementary and middle schools located in Cumberland and continue as head of school at the RIMABV elementary school.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - At the urging of town officials, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) is modifying the intersection of Route 102 and Route 5 in Slatersville in an attempt to make the intersection safer for pedestrians.
WOONSOCKET â Roland Adams lost his home Friday afternoon but knows he could have lost much more had it not been for a wired fire alarm system in a five-family apartment building at 97 Rebekah Street.
âEveryone got out so it could have been a lot worse,â Adams said while watching city firefighters working inside the fire-damaged building after they knocked down flames erupting from a back second-floor apartment.