Archive - May 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” In an era when the only talk about education seems to focus on ways to cut back, science teacher Claire Laquerre has somehow found a way to improve the science classroom facilities used by students at the high school.
Laquerre and a team of willing volunteers, both staff and students, yesterday unveiled a new bio-technology lab that they admit was put together with a little begging and a little borrowing.
The in-house renovation project also benefitted from some in kind contributions by Laquerre herself and other members of the Science Department.
WOONSOCKET - Zinnia N. Gonzalez believes the three qualities one needs to have to be a good foster mother are patience, love and understanding.
If you have those, she says, and you're willing to open your heart and home to a child with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities or a child whoâ€™s been abused and neglected, it might just end up being the most rewarding experience of your life.
Gonzalez, 32, is single and has lived in Woonsocket for 14 years. She works full-time for a bank in Medfield, Mass., and she owns her own home on Social Street.
Bob Billington, left, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, gets a lesson in creating dough figurines by Taiwanese artist Chun-Te Wu during a daylong apprenticeship Thursday for Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in Woonsocket. The dough is made from a mixture of rice and flour, kneaded together, cut, and colored to shape
animals, flowers and figurines. It is a folk tradition in Taiwan. Forty-five students were selected to take part.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Providence man accused in the robbery and shooting death of gas station manager David D. Main outside Citizens Bank last fall has been sentenced to serve 18 years for violating his probation in connection with prior armed robberies.
Pleau, 33, was the gunman in a three-way conspiracy to the rob Main, 49, as he was depositing receipts from the nearby Shell station where he worked on Sept. 20, according to federal prosecutors.
WOONSOCKET â€” Union employees at Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island have voted overwhelmingly to issue a strike notice if RegionalCare Hospital Partners of Tennessee emerges as the successful bidder for the facilities.
PROVIDENCE â€” Medical marijuana patients say they did all the right things.
They went to the General Assembly to get medical marijuana made legal, they testified at hearings. First they got a law allowing the use of marijuana for chronically ill patients, then they went through the legislative process all over again, testifying at even more hearings, to get a law creating compassion centers where they could get their medicine legally, safely and regularly without having to grow it themselves or have someone do it for them.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court lawsuit that prevented CVS/Caremark from building a new flagship store in Chipman's Corner has been decided in favor of the homegrown pharmacy giant, ending a legal battle that's lasted nearly three years.
Judge Michael Silverstein issued a 52-page decision addressing five consolidated lawsuits attacking various permits city officials issued in support of the proposed store. The defendants included the Zoning Board, the Planning Board and the City Council.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” As he watched five of the world's best in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMXers show off X Games-like tricks on a half-pipe placed in a parking lot near the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, North Smithfield High sophomore Paris Correia marveled at what he was witnessing.
WOONSOCKET â€” Longtime Planning Director Joel D. Mathews has retired â€” again. But this time it looks like itâ€™s the real deal.
He made his intentions plain in a letter forwarded to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine last week, two days after clearing out his office, co-workers said.
â€śUpon this occasion of my retirement, I would like to issue a very public thank you,â€ť Mathews said in the letter, which was released to the press on Monday. â€śI believe I've been very fortunate to have held the very best job in Woonsocket.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 21-year-old city woman faces a charge of driving under the influence, death resulting, following a single-vehicle accident on Mendon Road early Monday.
Dakota McKenna of 233 North Main Street is charged in the death of Antonio Williams, 20, whose last address was listed as 232 Morin Heights, according Lt. Eugene Jalette, a police department spokesman.
Police arriving at the area of 1144 Mendon Road near Theresa Street at 1:46 a.m. found a 1997 Ford Taurus had struck a telephone pole at the location, Jalette said. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.