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July 4th

ANCIENT and WACKY

July 4, 2013

The Chuckles & Laughs Show made an appearance in Chepachet Thursday afternoon during the annual Ancients and Horribles Parade.

Man sets fire to his own home, police say

July 4, 2013

UXBRIDGE – A 43-year-old Uxbridge man was arrested Wednesday night after police charged him with setting fire to his own home on Albee Road.
Christian Carven, 43, of 4 Albee Road, was charged and arraigned in Uxbridge District 5 Court Friday on one count of arson in a dwelling.

ARNOLD MILLS PARADE

July 4, 2013

George Stuckatos, 8, of Cumberland sprays the crowd with water while riding with other youngsters on the Miss Jocelyn’s Studio float during the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade in Cumberland Thursday.

RIDE releases rankings - N. Smithfield High among the 24 commended

July 4, 2013

North Smithfield High School and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket were among the 24 schools Tuesday designated as 2013 commended schools, the highest classification in the Rhode Island Department of Education’s annual public school rankings.
So-called “commended” schools have the highest index scores in the state, no achievement gaps and are recognized because of either high performance or for making significant progress.

July 3rd

Supplemental tax increase passes at Statehouse

July 3, 2013

Tax finally passes

By JIM BARON

jbaron@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE – It took two years of parliamentary wrangling, political gamesmanship and a seemingly endless series of meetings, compromises and amendments, but the General Assembly has finally given its permission for Woonsocket to impose a supplemental tax on its residents.

July 2nd

Holiday festivities kick off Wednesday night

July 2, 2013

There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocket’s annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickin’ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.

City wants federal court for retiree suit

July 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The city’s lawyers don’t want the state courts to hear the first legal challenge to the Budget Commission’s unilateral cuts in retiree health benefits.
Lawyer Daniel Kinder said the city asked the state Superior Court to move the case to the federal system on Tuesday. The city had the leverage to do so because retired policeman Glen Hebert’s suit rests on a federal law – the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Defendants in such cases have the right to ask for the switch to the federal system, which is considered a routine process, according to Kinder.

July 1st

Police retiree sues over budget commission cuts

July 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As the Budget Commission continued to tie up the loose ends of its five-year solvency plan, a legal challenge has surfaced to a central component involving cuts in retiree health benefits.
A hearing is scheduled for this morning in Superior Court on former policeman Glen Hebert’s request to enjoin the commission from altering his health care benefits, said his lawyer Edward C. Roy Jr.

Family searches for young son’s ‘best friend’

July 1, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Kayden Watson calls it his “Monkey Friend,” a worn-out monkey blanket that has been his comfort keepsake since birth and his constant companion during 11 surgeries to repair gastroschisis, a congenital abdominal wall defect.
Kayden, 2½, lost his monkey blanket Saturday during a family outing at the Dairy Queen in North Attleboro and his mother is asking for the public’s help in finding it.
“This is Kayden’s best friend. We have searched high and low and are hoping someone may have picked it up,” says Jennifer Harken of Cumberland.

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