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BURRILLVILLE â School Supt. Frank Pallotta has set up a special assessment team to evaluate existing school safety measures and review ideas and proposals to improve school safety.
In the meantime, until that team reports its findings, police patrol officers will have a presence in all of the schools on a daily basis, town officials said Friday.
The announcement comes two weeks after the Dec. 14 tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where a guman killed his mother before opening fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults.
WOONSOCKET â Bileauâs Flowers raised $1,908 for Because He Lives Ministries by raffling off a holiday gift basket this year.
Jeanne Bis, co-owner of the Diamond Hill Road flower shop, said the winning ticket-holder was Wayne Demers, who picked up his prize on Christmas Eve.
This marked the third consecutive season that Bis and Bileauâs co-owner Ralph Bileau raffled off a basket for the benefit of Because He Lives, raising more than $5,000 to date.
BOSTON (AP) â Weather watchers say up to a foot of snow fell in parts of southern New England as the latest winter storm moved through the Northeast.
The storm had ended in the region by Sunday morning and dry weather was expected for days, although strong winds may chill the bone.
Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., said six to 12 inches of snow fell from Saturday afternoon and overnight in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts, including Foxboro where the New England Patriots play.
Michael Heaton, left, and Jeff Lambert, employees of the Woonsocket Public Service Division, put the finishing touches on a protective cover for the coolant pipes at the outdoor skating rink at River Island Park in Woonsocket Friday in advance of water poured into the rink on Wednesday. Skating is expected to commence later next week.
CUMBERLAND â Mayor Daniel McKee is mulling a bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.
âItâs something Iâm giving serious consideration to,â McKee, a Democrat, told The Times Thursday. âI have interest in exploring that as an option. Itâs a few years away, but itâs not too early to start thinking about that if you actually want to make an effort toward it. Itâs something that is worth looking at so I am taking a look at it.â
WOONSOCKET â A plan to begin sending property tax bills to some organizations that have traditionally been exempt is apparently on ice after the Budget Commission split on the issue in a 2-2 tie Thursday.
With Mayor Leo Fontaine absent due to an illness, Commission Chairman Bill Sequino and Peder Schaefer voted not to send out the tax bills, while Dina Dutremble and City Council President were in favor of doing so.
Based on the split, Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste says itâs unclear what he should do and heâs going to need a formal legal opinion before he moves one way or the other.
LINCOLN â A sobering pre-New Yearâs message about the dangers of drinking and driving was issued yesterday by State Police and the self-described numbers-crunchers of highway injury statistics, but no one put it more eloquently than Tori Andreozzi.
She said nothing.
Incapable of speaking, the 22-year-old woman sat awkwardly in a wheelchair while a family member held a sign above her head that said, âI am the victim of a drunk driver.â
CUMBERLAND â The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church will hold a special memorial New Year's Eve worship service on Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Led by the Rev. Lynn McCracken, the service will be "a time of remembrance surrounding the tragic loss of life from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a reflection for the new year ahead," McCracken said.
LINCOLN â A Woonsocket man faces a charge of drunken driving after allegedly driving onto the wrong on-ramp to Route 116 early Saturday morning.
Patrolman Richard J. Bousquet reported responding to an accident at that location and found Dana W. Braley, 50, of Papineau Avenue, Woonsocket, sitting on the grass at the side of the vehicle, highly intoxicated.
Sonny Kelly of Gladu Wrecking and Recycling looks on as Marco Berube, operating the excavator, begins the process of demolishing the Bouvier Furniture Company building on North Main Street in Woonsocket Wednesday. The building will be completely leveled by the end of the year.