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February 12th, 2013

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION HELD IN LINCOLN

February 13, 2013

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.

'Pay to Play' debated at Statehouse

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE — 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.

February 11th

Risk team completes analysis of schools

February 11, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — 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.

Church leaders laud pope’s choice

February 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.
“I was proud of him,” said the Rev. Edward St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish. “When they say they’re stepping down because they can no longer function, I think it’s a wonderful thing.”

February 10th

Literary program keeps kids reading, tails wagging

February 10, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — 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.

Storm clean-up came with obvious challenges

February 10, 2013

CUMBERLAND — 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.

February 9th

WHITEOUT! Blizzard of ’13 dumps nearly 3 feet

February 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE — 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.

Rwanda’s resilience inspires student trip

February 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET — 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.

February 8th

DELIVERY UPDATE

February 8, 2013

Due to the anticipated severity of the blizzard overnight, there will be no delivery of the Saturday edition on Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday along with the Sunday edition. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

February 6th

MacDonald tapped as town’s new finance director

February 6, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The town has appointed a new finance director to replace Brian Silvia, who left in September to be finance director in West Warwick.
Brenda MacDonald, the town's assistant finance director, has now taken the reins as North Smithfield's new finance chief, according to Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton.
“Brenda has served the town well and will provide oversight of all financial departments, including tax collector, assessor, payroll, human resources and accounts payable,” Hamilton said.

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BELLINGHAM — It's a case that has haunted investigators in Bellingham and Franklin for more than three decades.

 

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