BELLINGHAM â€“ Like bats to the Batcave, legions of Batman fans swarmed Friendly Neighborhood Comics Wednesday to celebrate the Caped Crusaderâ€™s 75th anniversary with a boatload of giveaways, including a free, special edition of Detective Comics #27, featuring a reimagining of Batmanâ€™s 1939 comic book debut.
To celebrate Batmanâ€™s diamond jubilee this year, comic shops, bookstores and libraries by the hundreds yesterday observed â€śBatman Day,â€ť a full day devoted to all things Dark Knight.
launched a new mass emergency notification system designed to alert residents of public safety threats, parking bans, dangerous weather, missing persons and other vital information.
The CodeRED system replaces another technology known as Nixle which had been in place for about two years.
â€śThis is the future,â€ť Emergency Management Director Tim Walsh told an audience of about 40 residents Tuesday at Kennedy Manor, urging them to sign up.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A move to punt City Council President Albert G. Brien from his leadership role on the panel ended yesterday, as abruptly as it began on Friday, after one of its supporters apparently had a change of heart.
Councilman Chris Beauchamp announced publicly Monday morning that he would seek to table the matter at a special reorganizational meeting that was supposed to take place last night, prior to the councilâ€™s regular meeting in Harris Hall. After hearing of Beauchampâ€™s decision, fellow Councilman Garrett Mancieri said, he formally asked the city clerk to cancel the meeting.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” When the military funeral is over, families of soldiers killed in the service of their country can sometimes be left on their own to find a way to cope with that loss.
There are organizations that try to help, and Ret. Brig. Gen. Richard F. Keene, a longtime member of the R.I. National Guard, and former Blackstone and North Smithfield Town Administrator Kenneth M. Bianchi have found one they hope will make Rhode Island a great summer destination for teenagers facing such an adjustment.
BURRILLVILLE – Pam Glennon probably won’t be eating beans and rice for a while.
After winning an Emmy for her work as a freelance television producer, Glennon expects to be busier than ever.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A former municipal court clerk under indictment for more than two years on charges of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the city has reached a plea agreement with state prosecutors, according to her defense lawyer.
Rachel Arruda, 65, is expected to withdraw her longstanding plea of not guilty during a hearing in Superior Court on Aug. 13, North Smithfield lawyer Mark Smith said.
â€śIn all likelihood, sheâ€™s going to enter a plea at that time,â€ť he said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s an odorless, ice-blue bar imprinted with the phrase, â€śFrosty Builds Skateparks.â€ť
It looks like soap, but youâ€™d be wrong if that were your guess.
Itâ€™s the stuff of dreams.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Sone and Chip Ratsamy have been watching the transformation since their son, Simon, was killed in a violent car crash a week ago.
Parked across the street from their quaint cottage on Park Avenue, his sleek, black Honda Civic has become a shrine, the hood now completely hidden by bouquets of roses, carnations and other flowers.
Friends, and total strangers, too, have been piling on the floral tributes since the aspiring paramedic, 21 years old, passed away.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is asking the state-appointed Budget Commission to override the City Councilâ€™s decision to build a new $50 million water treatment plant on a 20-acre site off Jillson Avenue, a move she opposes.
During a hastily-called meeting at the state Department of Administration Monday morning, Baldelli-Hunt invited a consulting engineer from Camp, Dresser McKee and the former public works director, Alan Brodd, to make the case to the commission that another site, partially located in North Smithfield, is preferable.
LINCOLN â€“ The grounds of Hearthside on Great Road were taken back to another era on Sunday, 1904 and its World Fair in St. Louis, to help raise funds for the historic town-owned property and its collections of local and state memorabilia.
Elizabeth Francis of the R.I. Council for the Humanities said her organization also supported the Worldâ€™s Fair celebration at Hearthside and called it â€śa brilliant success.â€ť