Archive - 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.
Kristen Rodrigues, a student at Mount St. Charles Academy, in Woonsocket, has been selected as the winner of an essay contest about the importance of music education. The contest was the mutual brainchild of Rickâ€™s Musical Instruments owner Rick Verfaille and Sue Tessier-McKenzie, advertising representative for The Call. It was conceived to counter the growing inclination of cash-strapped school districts sacrificing music programs in order to balance their budgets. Students from seven Rhode Island schools submitted essays last month for the contest.
Here is Rodriguesâ€™ winning essay:
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Everything for a first-ever food pantry in town seems to be in place. There are plenty of volunteers willing to donate their time to man the pantry and the town has already started receiving funds from well-wishers to purchase food to get it started.
The only thing missing is an actual space to house the pantry.
The idea for a town food pantry began to gel last year when Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton assembled a group of local church and civic leaders to address the number of growing calls to her office from residents seeking a local food bank.
WOONSOCKET - It's metallic black, and rides like a dream.
That's how North Smithfield resident Tracy Harnois described her brand spankin' new 2011 Buick Regal Turbo, which was presented to her Friday afternoon by General Motors and Paul Masse Buick-GMC-Cadillac as a gift courtesy of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, an hour-long, five-day-a-week, talk/variety show.
NORTH KINGSTOWN (AP) â€” Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is freezing out talk radio shows from his new administration, saying he and state workers who report to him will no longer appear on them because they're profit-driven enterprises that are more entertainment than news and a diversion from state business.
Adena Moller and her son, Adam Fontaine, 13, a student at Woonsocket Middle School, clear snow from in front of their home on Cass Avenue in Woonsocket Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Richard Jenkins are lending some Hollywood star power to the Mixed Magic Theatreâ€™s year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and a related series of events.
Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, and Jenkins, who spent many years at Providenceâ€™s Trinity Repertory Company and lives in Cumberland, have agreed to be honorary co-chairs as Mixed Magic kicks off its Arc of Events that centers around the legendary gospel great.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Riverside native Kevin Robinson abhors very few things in life, and what tops the list is seeing people treating others unfairly, being unkind just for the sake of humor or self-promotion.
The same goes for those who choose not to live by the â€śGolden Ruleâ€ť â€” that is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
That was the crystal-clear message the eight-time X Games' BMX aerial trickster and best pal Chris Poulos delivered to over 1,800 East Providence High students in their gymnasium on Friday morning.
BELLINGHAM - The latest test results from drinking water collected at sampling sites throughout Bellingham's water distribution system show no sign of coliform bacteria, Department of Public Works Superintendent Donald DiMartino said this week.
WOONSOCKET â€“ U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius helped kick off a model program in health care reform Friday during a ceremony at Thundermist Health Center.
Sebelius was in town to launch the $15.9 million Beacon Communities program, designed to reduce costs and improve health care outcomes by using computers to manage information better. It's just one of 17 different Beacon demonstration programs HHS has established across the nation at a cost of some $220 million, money that comes from the federal stimulus package championed by President Obama.