Archive - 2014 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â With local lawmakers casting three of the five dissenting votes, the RI Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to halt the use of high-stakes standardized tests as a high school graduation requirement until 2017.
The measure, by West Warwick Sen. Adam Satchell, a Democrat, passed on a vote of 29-5, but that may be as far as it goes this year at least. Larry Berman, spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, said efforts to stop the use of the tests as a graduation requirement will not come up for a vote in that chamber this year.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A 66-year-old woman died after her car slammed head-on into a tree on Great Road Tuesday morning.
North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson said the victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by LifeFlight helicopter after she was freed from the badly mangled vehicle. She was barely responsive as she was being lifted onto a stretcher, he told The Call. She died of her injuries at the hospital, police confirmed.
WOONSOCKET â An effort to force a special election to recall the two newest members of the City Council is dead, members of the grassroots committee that spearheaded the initiative acknowledged Monday.
Today is the deadline for the so-called petitionerâs committee to turn over to the Board of Canvassers the required minimum number of signatures to keep the recall alive. But Jim Cournoyer, one of the committeeâs 10 members, said the group would not reach its goal.
CUMBERLAND â With the mighty Blackstone River flowing south along Hope Globalâs entrance drive off Martin Street, it is easy to see what problems the company has had with sudden flooding in the past.
But now, Hope Global CEO Cheryl Merchant says the worldwide textile manufacturer may not be able to wait until a solution for those flooding risks is found with the help of federal and state disaster management agencies.
Hope Global may have to take its operations to another community or even out of state to meet its growing operational needs, Merchant said Friday.
WOONSOCKET â Listening to bread dough might seem a little odd at first, but to hear longtime Woonsocket baker Emily Lisker describe the art of making bread, it starts to make sense when you consider yeast is a living organism.
âYou have to listen to the dough and make sure it wakes up before using it,â says Lisker, who is standing over four trays of sourdough in the basement kitchen of All Saints Parish on Rathbun Street.
BELLINGHAM â Itâs located in a retail plaza in the center of town, but you might say Once Upon a Kiln operates at the crossroads of imagination and functionality.
Here, you can create a dinner plate that looks like it came from the home furnishings department at Macyâs. You can eat off of it, throw it in the dishwasher, and treat it just like you would the Macyâs plate, too.
WOONSOCKET â Declaring that âdiscrimination is real in Rhode Island today,â Democratic candidate for governor Clay Pell laid out what he called an âOpportunity for Allâ policy that would benefit women, minorities, gays and even illegal immigrants.
âI believe we need to make this a place where all people can succeed,â Pell told reporters at a press conference at the Museum of Work and Culture Thursday. âI believe we have to include people regardless of their immigration status in our economy. We have to make sure that
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt on Thursday announced the appointment of Steven DâAgostino of North Smithfield as the cityâs new public works director.
âMr. DâAgostino brings a wealth of public works experience in construction, heavy equipment operation, road improvement and repair and snow removal, accumulated over forty years in the private sector, to the position,â the mayor said.
Read the complete story in Friday's newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â A man police have been looking for since New Yearâs Day in connection with a brutal robbery and assault was captured on Monday.
Police say Michael Smith, 22, is one of two men who pistol-whipped the victim and bashed him over the head with a champagne bottle on North Main Street.
The victim, a 24-year-old man, told police he was a complete stranger to the men who attacked him.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â If Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has her way, the much-bemoaned âtrash taxâ could be headed for the ash heap of history next fiscal year.
The mayor has called a work session with the City Council on May 16 to discuss rolling the $96 a year per household fee into the tax rate, the way most communities bankroll the cost of picking up curbside refuse.