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WOONSOCKET â€“ Due to overwhelming response, Saturday's candlelight vigil in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook School in Conn. has been moved to the mini-park, where Santa's house is.
Set for 6 p.m., the event is co-sponsored by Kids for Peace RI and the Lyrics in Motion dance studio.
The event will include dance performances by senior company members and an appearance by Michael Jackson impersonator Mark Fisher. There will be a balloon-release for each victim.
As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nationâ€™s deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.
After all, says Supt. Kimberly Shaver Hood of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, the security procedures in place at Sandy Hook Elementary werenâ€™t very different than those in place at her schools. Doors are always locked, visitors must be buzzed in through an intercom system, state their purpose and sign in at the office.
WOONSOCKET â€” Despite the reluctance of finance officials, the Budget Commission has voted to petition the state auditor general to allow the city an extra month to submit audited financial statements of last yearâ€™s books, or until Jan. 31.
Finance Director Thomas Bruce wanted to put out a draft audit as soon as possible because, on the city side, the ledgers are expected to show a surplus in the range of $280,000 for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Seven-year-old Alana Montanez, of Woonsocket, chats with Santa Claus as Mrs. Claus looks on during the Connecting For Children & Families annual Holiday Celebration for member families at Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket Thursday night. In addition to the free buffet, families were treated to Christmas carols by members of the Woonsocket Middle School Glee Club, as well as Christmas crafts and other activities.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Zoning: Itâ€™s not exactly a subject that captures the imagination, at least not until somebody starts building a gas station next door to your house.
But thereâ€™s no time like the present to get interested, because the city is in the midst of the most sweeping effort in years to rezone city lands â€“ maybe yours.
LINCOLN â€“ A local youth sports volunteerâ€™s internet surveillance effort helped police recover a trove of stolen goods from a local manâ€™s apartment Thursday.
The volunteer had been keeping an eye out for items that the Lincoln Youth Soccer Association lost in a September break-in at Public Self Storage on Washington Highway and hit paydirt while checking out sports equipment offerings on the Craigslist website, according to Police Chief Brian Sullivan.
Pat Dempster, left, executive director of Because He Lives Ministries, was the recipient of a large collection of non-perishable food items collected by members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild during their recent holiday party. Pictured presenting the donations at the Teachers Guild Offices Wednesday are, from left, Guild President Jeff Partington; Jessica Frechette, special education teacher at Globe Park School; Rebecca Ducharme, special education teacher at Woonsocket Middle School-Villanovan; and Ruth Senecal, special education para professional at Woonsocket High School.
GLOCESTER â€“ Police seized 47 marijuana plants, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $15,000 in cash from the home of a local man Friday.
James A. Kerner, 56, of Gold Mine Road, was arraigned in Third District Court on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and unlawful cultivation of marijuana, both felonies, police said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ At a cost of $1.04 million over four years, the city hired a watchdog firm to oversee the planning, design and construction of a new, $36 million wastewater treatment plant.
The Budget Commission voted unanimously Thursday to hire the wastewater consulting firm Weston & Sampson of Peabody, Mass., on the recommendation of Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission yesterday instructed Police Chief Thomas Carey to see whether a Fall River-based pawnbroker ran afoul of any laws at a shop in Danvers, Mass., before it decides whether to consider granting the company a license to do business here.
Vincent Mesolella Jr. appealed to the commission after the City Council rejected Spindle City Pawnbrokersâ€™ application for a second-hand dealerâ€™s license last week.