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February 11th, 2013
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.
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NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” 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.
â€śBrenda has served the town well and will provide oversight of all financial departments, including tax collector, assessor, payroll, human resources and accounts payable,â€ť Hamilton said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The cityâ€™s loss will be North Smithfieldâ€™s gain as Loweâ€™s Home Improvement Warehouse trades in its Diamond Hill Road store for a newer model in the neighboring townâ€™s burgeoning Dowling Village retail center next week.
The latest blow the cityâ€™s main retail strip officially takes place on Feb. 13, when Loweâ€™s will close the local store. The Dowling Village site will open for the first time two days later, said Natalie Turner, a spokeswoman for Loweâ€™s.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The few merchants left in Main Streetâ€™s prominent Commercial Block have been temporarily forced to close after city officials declared the building unsafe Monday.
Building Inspector Chris Chianese cited the owner, Stamatos Properties of Jamaica Plain, Mass., for failure to provide an approved heating system for the ground floor tenants.