Archive - 2014 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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. Oâ€™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.
BURRILLVILLE â€” 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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. Theyâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ From Woonsocket High graduate Tom Pincince, here are some of the details pertaining to a public celebration of George Nasutiâ€™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.
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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 heâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€” 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 â€” repeatedly describing it as an educational luxury financially overburdened taxpayers simply canâ€™t afford.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Family members and friends are keeping a somber vigil for longtime city educator and athletic director George Nasuti, â€śa downright good guyâ€ť who remains in a coma after an accident he suffered while refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville Friday.
CUMBERLAND â€” 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.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ 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 Departmentâ€™s projected $470,000 deficit for the current fiscal year.