Archive - 2013 - News Article
BURRILLVILLE â The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has recommended the closure of Spring Lake Beach Facility (50 Old Hillside Drive, Glendale) to swimming after a group of people who swam there on July 4 became ill with bloody diarrhea. HEALTH has not yet identified the source of the illness, but has taken water samples to test for bacteria. This facility has no history of high bacteria counts.
Hordes of blood-sucking mosquitoes are just waiting to take a bite out of your summer fun, but the good news is that, so far this year, none of those mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Rhode Island â at least not yet.
WOONSOCKET â Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish is busy preparing for its 2013 Summer Festival. This yearâs festival is being organized by co-chairs John and Monique Cote. The Rev. Maurice Brindmore, Father Ernest Blanchard, Beverly Jolicoeur, Melissa Mathurin, Gerry Houle, Jeff Houle, Paulette Gamache, Jackie Pelleitrer, Paulette Gamache, Jackie Pelletier, Paula Berard, Bill Dundulis Jr. and Bill Dundulis III are also part of the festival committee.
FRANKLIN â As part of the townâs Fourth of July observance, the annual Childrenâs Day celebration will be held today.
The Fourth of July festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, July 3 and will run through Sunday, July 7, features food stalls and amusements opening at 11 a.m. today with events throughout the day and evening.
The Childrenâs Parade will step off at noon. Vic and Sticks (family entertainment) runs from 1-2 p.m., followed by a performance by Flippo the Clown.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A Fourth of July party turned into a scene of chaos and panic when a pit bull went on a biting rampage that didnât end until the animal was shot dead by police.
Five people were taken to Landmark Medical Center with bite wounds, some serious, after the pit bull was killed about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, said police Capt. Glenn G. Lamoureux.
The Chuckles & Laughs Show made an appearance in Chepachet Thursday afternoon during the annual Ancients and Horribles Parade.
UXBRIDGE â 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.
George Stuckatos, 8, of Cumberland sprays the crowd with water while riding with other youngsters on the Miss Jocelynâs Studio float during the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade in Cumberland Thursday.
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 Educationâs annual public school rankings.
So-called âcommendedâ 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.
Tax finally passes
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â 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.