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April 15th, 2014

All-day K gets another look

April 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer envisions the use of any classroom space at the Woonsocket Middle School complex, officials say.
Joseph Spagna, business manager for the Woonsocket Education Department, said initial forecasts that full-day kindergarten would result in a one-time increase of $688,000 in state aid next fiscal year were far too conservative and based on an inaccurate reading of education reimbursement schedules provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

April 14th

Lost cellphone leads to charges

April 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A man who was using a GPS device to hunt down his missing cellphone was threatened with a handgun after he followed the trail to a Second Avenue apartment, police said.
Kelvin Trovon Eason, 22, allegedly pointed a .177-caliber, gas-powered pistol directly at the victim’s head from a doorway on the third floor of 89 Second Ave.
A second man was allegedly pistol-whipped when he tried to help the first, but police said they brought no charges in that case because the victim was unable to identify his assailant.

April 13th

Through sweat equity, families aid each other in building new homes

April 13, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — Given that they have little or no experience in carpentry or the construction trades, the members of six families from the Greater Woonsocket area are going to be spending a good part of the summer doing something very strange.

They’re going to help build each other’s houses on a parcel of land not far from Pascoag Reservoir.

April 12th

Dubois finishing work on Autumnfest movie; will premiere Aug. 28

April 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Taking on a filmmaking project is one thing, and getting the project to completion in many ways something else altogether. There is the process of reviewing the footage shot, putting it into the context of the storyline, and then going through the final edit while keeping the film in line with the goal for its creation.

Local filmmaker Derek Dubois has been going through all of that as he finishes up work on his “City on the Move,” a film about Woonsocket’s premiere annual fall celebration, Autumnfest, and its relationship to the city’s ongoing economic and fiscal troubles.

April 11th

Religious programming returns to Blackstone cable TV

April 11, 2014

BLACKSTONE – Religious programming will return to cable access television in Blackstone.

At its meeting Tuesday, the selectmen unanimously voted to overturn a previous board ruling and adopt a new policy that will allow religious oriented programming back on the air effective immediately.

April 10th

RI House speaker visits Woonsocket

April 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – After spending half a day touring the city with Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and local legislators, new House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called Woonsocket “a community that needs our attention right now.”
Mattiello, who assumed the most powerful position in state government two weeks ago after a scandal felled his predecessor, Gordon Fox, told a Rotary Club luncheon that “I got a good view of Woonsocket today. You’ve got some great things going on, but there is also blight in certain areas.”

April 9th

Sen. Picard: No school, no welfare

April 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Kids who chronically bunk school, missing more than 36 unexcused days a year, could jeopardize their family’s welfare benefits under legislation sponsored by Woonsocket Sen. Roger Picard.

Lincoln man arrested on child sex charges

April 9, 2014

By THE TIMES STAFF

LINCOLN—The State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a 21-year-old local man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged child molestation of an 11-year-old Coventry boy, according to Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, state police superintendent.

April 8th

Valet stopped, busted in customer's car

April 8, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Police say a routine traffic stop resulted in the discovery not only of cocaine in the vehicle, but also that one of the two occupants, an employee of a parking valet service at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, had taken the vehicle from the airport lot without permission.
Police Chief John Desmarais said on Tuesday that the Patrolmen Josh Vaughan and Greg Pomfret had been patrolling Mendon Road on March 18, when they observed a vehicle on the Route 295 North exit ramp change lanes and turn suddenly.

April 7th

City man busted 7 times on same charge

April 7, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A 22-year-old city man was arrested Sunday on felony domestic assault and several related charges, including violating a no-contact order – for the seventh time in less than two years.
Marcus A. Charette was also charged with domestic disorderly conduct, larceny under $1,500 and breaking into a dwelling while the resident was home. Charette was arrested at Apt. 2285A in the Walnut Hill complex shortly after 9 a.m.

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