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Schools receive $1.8M in grants

February 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Five schools in Woonsocket and Smithfield have won $1.8 million in grants to improve student reading skills in partnership with The Teaching Studio, a nationally recognized group of consulting teachers based at The Learning Community charter school.
The grants, from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation, will provide training and other resources for over 200 teachers who will reach about 6,000 public school students, the Learning Community announced Thursday.

Blackstone introduces its new library director

February 1, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Millville's loss is Blackstone's gain.
Lisa G. Cheever, Millville's library director since 2005, is the new director of the Blackstone Public Library.
Cheever began her new duties in Blackstone on Jan. 14 and was formally introduced to the Board of Selectmen on Jan. 22.
"We have been without a library director for the past seven months and we're extremely happy to have someone who can immediately begin taking on the duties and responsibilities of library director," Mary Lou Branchaud, chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees, said in introducing Cheever to the board.

January 30th

Let's do the Time Warp again

January 30, 2013

Young members of the cast of ‘Time Warp 2,’ back row, from left, Gabriella LaPlante, Emmi Lacourse, Sophia Abramek, Gabrielle Abramek and Rayna Polacek. In front row, from left, Reagen Pollacek, Lynsie Olivier, Maggie Ozarian and Maci Maiello, rehearse a scene from ‘Ghostbusters,’ one of the many featured acts in the musical variety show directed and choreographed by Jen Maiello, at the Woonsocket High School auditorium on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. The show benefits the families of Michelle Beausoleil and Peter Rutledge.

UPDATE: Car crash splits pole on Diamond Hill Road

January 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET -- A car crashed into a utility pole on Diamond Hill Road, splitting the pole in half, at around 2:15 p.m. In this photo, spectators check out the scene at Diamond Hill Road and St. Leon Street. Witnesses said the lone operator of the Mercedes Benz was checking his cell phone then lost control of his vehicle, taking out the pole and crashing the car into a chain link fence at 797 Diamond Hill Road. The driver, said to be in his mid-50s, was concious but dazed and bleeding from his mouth when taken away by rescue personnel.

January 29th

Dire and ominous budget forecast

January 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The City Council held a “state of the budget” work session with administration and state officials Monday night and settled on a forecast that could only be described as dire and ominous.
Not only is the city once again looking at an operating deficit well over $14 million for the current fiscal year, it could also be dealing with that same figure each year through 2017 if drastic changes to city spending or state financial support are not made.

Bird owner pecks away at anti-chicken ordinance

January 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – There may be hope yet for Alexander Kithes’ embattled backyard chickens.
City Councilman Marc Dubois says he’s seriously considering a proposal to lift the ban on keeping chickens, just as other cities and towns have done.
It may be time for the zoning ordinance to reflect modern sensibilities about food as more and more people, like the Kithes, seek to grow their own for environmental and health reasons, he says.

January 28th

Privatization hits roadblock

January 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Budget Commission has refused to let the city’s plan to privatize a new water treatment plant move forward after hearing from a well-organized band of opponents at its last meeting.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission and one of the staunchest advocates of privatization, says the panel could revisit the issue as early as Feb. 5.

Burrillville hires two officers

January 28, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — The Burrillville Police Department has two new officers.
Officers Holly Barrett and Robert Veader were sworn in by Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf on Jan. 23 as family members and friends looked on in Town Hall.
Both officers graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy on Dec. 19 and are presently participating in the Field Training Officer Program, said Major Lareto P. Guglietta.
Officer Barrett, 25, is a resident of North Smithfield, a graduate of North Smithfield High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Rhode Island College.

January 27th

Mardi Gras queen crowned

January 27, 2013

The Woonsocket Mardi Gras Queen’s coronation took place yesterday at The Cakery in Woonsocket. Standing with King Jace are, from left, his queen, Sandy Paul, 2nd princess Kayla Guilbeault, and 1st princess Jo-Ann Maurice.

Car drives onto frozen Cass Pond

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A city woman’s morning traffic mishap landed her stranded in her car on frozen Cass Pond Friday morning and also the target of a rescue by a Woonsocket High School student.
Witnesses saw the car operated by Viengxay Kmon crash through a guardrail near the merge of Elm Street and Cass Avenue at about 7:56 a.m. and then roll down an embankment out onto the ice of the pond nearby Woonsocket High School.

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