Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Ophelia Soe wanted to succeed in her new home after coming to Providence from Liberia but needed a little help to do so.
Enter the staff at the Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning program. They helped Soe, a Providence resident, to get the support in completing English, reading and math courses she needed to get into a college program at the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The state-appointed Budget Commission approved a pair of resolutions Friday designed to raise more than $12 million to smooth out cash flow problems, either in the form of an advance in state education aid or a short-term bank loan.
On the recommendation of Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce, the commission unanimously approved both measures, but he said it still remains to be seen which mechanism would be used to raise the cash.
WOONSOCKET â€” Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâ€™s artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
Vitali says heâ€™s noticing an increased amount of graffiti across Pawtucket and itâ€™s not just city walls, storefronts and local businesses splattered with paint.
Woonsocket High School graduates shout and applaud as they celebrate during the end of commencement exercises on Friday night. The school handed out 295 diplomas.
Reputed Boston mob boss James â€śWhiteyâ€ť Bulger is an 83-year-old man federal prosecutors say was responsible for 19 murders before he went on the lam in 1994.
Jodi Arias is a 32-year-old ex-waitress from Arizona whoâ€™s facing the death penalty in the grisly killing of her lover, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face.
As criminal types, they have about as much in common as rocks and birds. But hereâ€™s something that may help them both: In the age of social media, itâ€™s easier than ever for the jurors sitting in their cases to screw up.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When you celebrate a 125th birthday, it helps to have a very large cake.
And it was a good thing Pauline Dubois and her son, Michael, had made a cake four-feet by three-feet in the shape of the city of Woonsocket given the number of people showing up at Ciroâ€™s Tavern on Cherry Street Thursday night to celebrate Woonsocketâ€™s incorporation as a city 125 years ago.
LINCOLN â€“ A senior from the high school was reported hurt Thursday afternoon when the car he was driving struck a utility pole and rolled over onto its roof.
Police Chief Brian Sullivan said Devin Lambert, 18, of Main Street in Albion, had been heading south on Anna Sayles Road after leaving the school and struck the pole near the small rotary at Great Road.
The student was wearing a seatbelt and that may have prevented further injury in the incident, the chief said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It seemed like the case was all tied up, as police sometimes say, neat as a bow.
Alas, when Miguel A. Rondon confessed to stealing a pocketbook Wednesday, it was not to be.
Before the afternoon was over, a policeman would be head-butted by Rondonâ€™s younger brother, a woman arrested for harboring a fugitive, and a missing juvenile flushed from hiding.
By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
WOONSOCKET â€“ Pauline Dubois raised eight kids and that means a lot of birthday cakes have been baked in her oven on Cass Avenue over the years.
â€śI grew up with Paulineâ€™s son, Mike, and she would also make cakes for all the neighborhood kids on their birthdays,â€ť says Albert Beauparlant, co-chairman of the cityâ€™s upcoming 125th anniversary Main Street block party celebration.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission on Friday will consider asking the Rhode Island Department of Education for an advance of some $12 million in state aid from fiscal 2014 so the city can meet payrolls in July and satisfy other bills, including a $4.8 million debt service payment.
If approved, this would be the second year in a row that the commission has asked RIDE for an aid advance to ease through a fast-approaching cash crunch. Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce says the window is closing on other options.