Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â Say so long to curved arrows and double-striped lines. Kiss the crosswalk goodbye. Thereâs a new traffic marker in town and itâs got a name so strange itâs bound to make you pay attention.
Meet the âsharrow.â If your travels have taken you through the center of the city lately, you probably already have.
WOONSOCKET â A fundraising campaign has been launched for the purpose of underwriting a possible legal challenge to the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill the city is planning to issue next week.
The main organizers are Roland Michaud, a member of the Zoning Board of Review, and Dick Bouchard, part-owner of radio station WNRI.
Ethan Blank as Macbeth, left, and Evan Crocker portraying Banquo conspire to murder a king in this scene from the Shakespeare classic âMacbeth.â Presented by Shakespeare on the Mount and directed by Jason Robert LeClair, the play is being held in the Bell Tower Theatre at Mount St. Charles Academy July 18-20 at 7 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â A protest movement appears to be forming around the belief that the Budget Commission broke the law on July 8 when it approved a resolution to impose a $2.5 million supplemental tax on property and motor vehicles.
The concept was repeated often and loudly as members of the commission gathered in Harris Hall Monday for the first time since passing the resolution a week earlier.
The meeting drew a crowd of about 50, many of whom cheered vigorously each time one of the spectators raised the issue.
WOONSOCKET â A Superior Court judge on Friday denied a retired policemanâs petition for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from cutting his health care benefits without collective bargaining.
Associate Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Lamphear ruled that Glen Hebert faces no imminent harm as a result of a switch in health coverage imposed on him by the Budget Commission, effective July 1, according to his lawyer, Edward C. Roy Jr.
BLACKSTONE â The Blackstone/Millville Regional District School Committee has named Perry Davis as interim superintendent of schools while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Kimberly Shaver-Hood.
Shaver-Hood resigned her post to take on the superintendent position with Wareham Public Schools.
Under the process developed by the District School Committee to fill Shaver-Hoodâs post, the interim superintendent will serve during the 2013-2014 school year.
LINCOLN â In the pantheon of table games, they say craps offers the well-schooled gambler with a head for numbers the best chance of beating the odds.
But on a busy night when chips are flying around an exotic mix of mind-boggling games with names like Spanish 21 and Pai Gow Poker, this may be the safest bet in the house: somebodyâs trying to rig the system.
Thatâs where Detective Lt. John Flaherty comes in. The 23-year veteran of the state police is in charge of the new Gaming Enforcement Unit, created to squeeze cheating and corruption out of the table game business at Twin River.
PROVIDENCE â Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâs head â boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â suddenly moves from side to side, itâs short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
BURRILLVILLE â Shannon Heil and Markell Torres hadnât known each other long, but they bonded quickly through a mutual passion for competitive cheerleading â something they were both very good at.
Their brief time together ended tragically on a rural stretch of Route 102 Thursday afternoon in one of the most violent car crashes Police Chief Stephen J. Lynch has ever seen.
âIt was a nasty car accident ... just devastating,â said Lynch, his voice trailing off.
WOONSOCKET â State prosecutors have determined that the city violated a state law protecting access to public documents by taking too long to provide a lawyer with records from the Water Treatment Plant Advisory Committee.
Attorney Michael A. Kelly asked for the records on Dec. 21, 2012, and should have been supplied with them within 30 days under the Access to Public Records Act.