Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
GLOCESTER â€” When Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell spent an afternoon with retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day Oâ€™Connor during a judges conference in Colorado last year, he was immediately impressed with O'Connor's iCivics, a Web-based education project O'Connor founded to reinvigorate civic teaching and learning in schools.
It didn't take long for Justice Suttell to get on board to promote iCivics in Rhode Island.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Edouard Cournoyer is 95 years old now, living in the home of his son George Fontaine Jr., after spending a long career with the U.S. Army that began in 1933 and ended after nearly 35 years of service to his country.
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WOONSOCKET â€“ Time's running out for tenants who've been living rent-free in one of Main Street's largest mixed-use buildings since the property lapsed into foreclosure last year.
Westcott Properties, which manages the Commercial Block, has informed a dozen tenants who live upstairs that they have until May 1 to move out or they'll be evicted, says Murray Gereboff, the company's lawyer.
BURRILLVILLE - 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 10 years, have entertained thousands of children.
CUMBERLAND - Four months after Cumberland School Supt. Donna A. Morelle announced she would not seek renewal of her contract when it expires on June 30, the School Committee is in the early stages of finding her replacement.
The committee has voted to draft a request for proposals (RFP) to hire a consulting firm to help the district in its search for a new school chief. At its meeting Thursday night, the committee approved a draft copy of the RFP, which means the district will advertise the bids next week.
A deadline for bids has been set for the first week of March.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Three Woonsocket men were sentenced in federal court yesterday in connection with an armed home invasion and drug rip-off that occurred here two years ago.
Julio Candelario, 30, and Robert Beauparlant Jr., 27, were both ordered to serve 15 years, while Pedro Cuadrado, 22, was sentenced to nine years and three months. U.S. District Judge William E. Smith also ordered all three men to remain on supervised release for five years after they complete their prison sentences.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Although it left unchanged the city's BBB- bond rating, Fitch Ratings yesterday upgraded the city's long-term fiscal outlook from negative to stable, a move officials hailed as another sign that the city's financial health is slowly but steadily improving.
Seven-year-old Taylor Yuszczak, a second grader at North Smithfield Elementary School, pulls her way to the finish line in the Heart Adventure Challenge, one of the many events held for students throughout the day Tuesday during the "Jump Rope for Hearts Challenge" -- an annual fundraiser for the Rhode Island Heart Association.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.