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February 14th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€” New laws that would permit property owners to keep chickens in residential areas for the first time have been proposed in both Woonsocket and North Smithfield.
If all plays out according to script, the City Council in Woonsocket and the Town Council in North Smithfield are on track to vote on the measures the same night, March 4.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to send layoff notices to 41 of the districtâ€™s 485 teachers, the number recommended by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan.
The move defied the recommendation of the state Budget Commission, the body in charge of balancing the cityâ€™s budget.
Donoyan told the committee she had received the Budget Commission request by telephone on Wednesday afternoon and did not have any additional information supporting it.
Alex Martinez, of Cumberland, center, is all smiles after being crowned Mardi Gras King at the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday night. Joining him in the fun are Mardi Gras Queen Emily Gnys, left, Prince Jacob Jordan, in back, and Princess Kayla Tannock. The supper took place at Christ Church Episcopal in Lincoln.
PROVIDENCE â€” When the North Smithfield public schools tried to raise money for interscholastic sports in 2009 by assessing participation fees, some students paid the charge willingly, but the move was met with legal challenges and dropped when booster clubs raised the necessary money to run the teams.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A special risk assessment team formed in December to evaluate existing school safety measures and review ideas and proposals to improve school safety has completed a safety assessment for each of the district's five schools and will draft a report for review by municipal and school leaders.
The Risk Assessment Team was put into place 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€“ Pope Benedict XVI caught Blackstone Valley Catholics by surprise when he announced his retirement for health reasons Monday, but most said they supported and even admired what must have been a difficult decision.
â€śI was proud of him,â€ť said the Rev. Edward St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish. â€śWhen they say theyâ€™re stepping down because they can no longer function, I think itâ€™s a wonderful thing.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€” Tails are wagging and kids are reading at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville.
A special library program called "Literary Tails" is designed with reluctant readers in mind with the hopes of turning youngsters ages of 6-12 into more confident readers.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Blackstone Valley began to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013 this weekend but not without a few complications.
The intensity of the storm, its heavy snowfall overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, and high winds all hindered public safety crews in clearing roads immediately and set the stage for long hours of plowing into Monday.
PROVIDENCE â€” New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of snow Saturday and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded overnight on New York's Long Island after a howling storm swept through the Northeast.
WOONSOCKET â€” When the seniors in Woonsocket High School's Global Citizen Project found out they needed a quick down payment on a discount plane ticket to the African nation of Rwanda, strange things started happening.
"I sold one of my cars to pay for this trip," says Matt Brennan.
"My parents took a payday loan," says Camelia Niles.
"I took money out of my college fund," another says.