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February 14th

State police arming themselves with drug to fight overdoses

February 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE – As health officials called attention to yet another spike of fatal drug overdoses, the R.I. State Police announced that troopers will soon be routinely carrying naloxone, a medicine that quickly flushes opiates like heroin from the body to prevent death.

State Police Supt. Col. Steven G. O’Donnell also called on all municipal police departments to follow suit, saying drug overdoses claimed more lives in the first six weeks of the year than murder in all of 2013.

February 13th

Burrillville High's robotic dynasty keeps growing

February 13, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — For the eighth consecutive year, the Burrillville High
School robotics team has won the state robotics championship and will move on to the Eastern Super-Regional Championship in York, Penn., where they will compete for a berth in the World Championship in St. Louis in April.

Known as Team 154 Renegade, the Burrillville students were among 300 representing 32 schools from around the state who competed in the eighth annual FIRST Tech Challenge last Saturday at the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick.

Homestead ordinance in for a tweak

February 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Even after it was slashed by nearly a third in advance of the current fiscal year, the 30 percent homestead exemption is still the most generous benefit offered by a revenue-hungry local government, commandeered by a state-appointed Budget Commission.

Almost nothing has been asked of property owners who claim the exemption as a condition of receiving it. They’re supposed to live in the property on which the exemption is claimed, but the city makes that assumption for them based on property deeds that may not be conclusive, officials say.

Remembrance of George Nasuti's life scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at Woonsocket High School

February 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – From Woonsocket High graduate Tom Pincince, here are some of the details pertaining to a public celebration of George Nasuti’s life:

Services for Coach Nasuti will be private and for family only. However, Coach's family understands what an outpouring of support there has been in the last few days.

Therefore, a PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF COACH NASUTI'S LIFE has been scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at a time to be determined. This celebration will be held at Woonsocket High School and will be open to EVERYONE. More details on this day will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

February 12th

A STAND UP GUY: George Nasuti's tragic death prompts outpouring of remembrances

February 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET -- George Nasuti, a longtime educator and high-school athletic director in the city, died Tuesday night at Rhode Island Hospital after a sporting accident on a basketball court four days earlier. He was 52.

Nasuti was remembered by friends and colleagues in Rhode Island interscholastic athletics as "a standup guy," "a very good man" and someone who always had the kids' best interests at heart.

February 11th

Busted city worker still on the job

February 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Based on their interpretation of the City Charter, officials say longtime parks and recreation worker David P. Ayotte may remain on the job despite his arrest on felony gambling charges, at least until he’s indicted by a grand jury.
Ayotte, 53, of North Smithfield, and his wife, Cheryl, were among 13 individuals from northern Rhode Island arrested last week on charges of organized criminal gambling, conspiracy and bookmaking. Read the full story in Wednesday's Call.

February 10th

Critics hammer all-day K plan

February 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET — As the possible reinstatement of all-day kindergarten headed toward votes by both the School Committee and the state Budget Commission running local fiscal affairs, opponents to move became more vocal Monday — repeatedly describing it as an educational luxury financially overburdened taxpayers simply can’t afford.

Popular Woonsocket High Athletic Director in a coma after serious accident

February 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Family members and friends are keeping a somber vigil for longtime city educator and athletic director George Nasuti, “a downright good guy” who remains in a coma after an accident he suffered while refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville Friday.

February 9th

CHS student bound for DC

February 9, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Samuel Ackerman, a Cumberland High School senior, is one of two Rhode Island students chosen to spend a week in Washington D.C. next month to participate in the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program.

February 8th

NS panels to huddle on school budget

February 8, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The signs of town and school officials playing poker with the local education budget grew stronger this week as the Town Council tendered a settlement offer to school officials, who in turn rejected the proposal.

The move left a wide-ranging threat of cuts looming for department employees and programs affecting graduating seniors that by all accounts no one really wants to see enacted as a solution to the School Department’s projected $470,000 deficit for the current fiscal year.

PAWTUCKET – On the surface, Jackie Bradley Jr. is handling his reassignment to the PawSox...
CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be...
WOONSOCKET - Robert T. Kulik, the executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, and the agency's board of...
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Dowling Village is entering another growth spurt thanks to the completion of agreements with several...
WOONSOCKET – Patrol officers seized heroin, cocaine and more than $2,800 in cash as two men, both with prior...


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