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June 22nd

Bernon Heights gets $15,000 grant for new playground

June 22, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded the Bernon Heights Elementary School PTO, in partnership with the Woonsocket Education Department (WED), a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant to build a playground.
The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. In 2011, as part of Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to promoting safe playground development.

ART FOR ART'S SAKE

June 22, 2013

Roland Gauvin was busy selling his photographs Saturday during the 1st annual Woonsocket Arts and Music Festival, sponsored by the Arts Guild of Woonsocket, at River Island Park.

Book highlights WWII heroism

June 22, 2013

BELLINGHAM – The story of bravery and sacrifice aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts during the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf and its ties to a Franklin family will be highlighted during a book signing at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at Stallbrook Market Place at 270 Hartford Avenue on Thursday, June 27.
Author John K. Wukovits will be at Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. to speak about his latest book on World War II, “For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts,” according to Mary Cliff, the store’s community relations manager.

June 21st

City could lose $1.4M in aid

June 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As the Budget Commission prepares to adopt the first budget of its five-year solvency plan Monday, there are hurdles on the revenue side of the $127.9 million spending package some officials fear may be insurmountable.
The latest curveball is a proposed $1.4 million cut in aid the commission was expecting from the state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee had included the money for distressed communities and pension supports in his proposed $8.2 billion state budget, but when the plan emerged from the House Finance Committee earlier this week, the aid had been eliminated.

June 20th

Chepachet going back in time Saturday

June 20, 2013

GLOCESTER – Cannon balls will be flying in Chepachet Saturday during the seventh annual Canon Night Fire, the premiere event in the town’s annual tribute to the Dorr Rebellion (1841-1842).
The Canon Night Fire begins at dusk at Acote's Hill Cemetery (ball field side) where members of the Gloucester Light Infantry will spend an hour-and-a-half firing 30 rounds from two cannons – 15 rounds per cannon.

St. John’s Feast kicks off Friday night

June 20, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Steaming plates of tripe stew and barbecue chicken and the traditional Marchas de São João will highlight Clube Juventude Lusitana’s annual Saint John’s Feast, a three-day Portuguese festival that kicks off tonight.
One of the biggest Portuguese feasts of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the club’s headquarters on Chase Street, including its three function halls, will be teeming with activity with everything from Portuguese folkloric dancing groups to the club’s traditional São João parade in honor of St. John’s Day.

Singleton Street Bridge to get mini-makeover

June 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The concrete deck of the Singleton Street Bridge is getting a mini-makeover after public works crews found a hole clean through it.
City officials discovered the problem after state bridge inspectors reported there was “a pothole” in the deck a couple of weeks ago. But Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran said that when city highway crews checked they found an opening in the deck about the size of the briefcase.
“You could look right through it and see the Blackstone River,” she said.

June 19th

Foreclosures falling locally, but still above state average

June 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Northern Rhode Island’s foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but it’s improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.

Let the games begin: Twin River holds grand opening for table games

June 19, 2013

LINCOLN – Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.

June 18th

Teachers closing in on new contract

June 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The school department and members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild appear to be coming down to the wire on settlement of a new contract.
The Teachers Guild scheduled separate ratification meetings with its 482 represented teachers and 99 paraprofessionals for late this afternoon but whether they are held as planned could depend on resolution of last-minute issues involving the state Department of Education’s position on Basic Education Plan requirements.

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