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NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚Äď Richard Nixon was president then, the Beatles were still a band, and men in space suits were still a few months shy of walking on the moon.
Deputy Fire Chief E. Craig Beausoleil joined the North Smithfield Fire Department in 1969, a time when the all-volunteer squad of good samaritans could hardly be called a department at all.
After 45 years on the job, Beausoleil will come to work for the last time Thursday, saying so-long to the only job he‚Äôs ever known as an adult.
The Cumberland High School Clef Singers performed at a concert Thursday night in the community room at Cumberland Public Library.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒThe Art Group from the Cumberland Public Library has opened a show of its members' art work in the upstairs gallery of the Museum of Work & Culture at Market Square.
Art Canestrari, an Art Group member and artist, said the show includes works from group members on a wide range of topics and natural scenes.
‚ÄúWe meet at the Cumberland Public Library on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.,‚ÄĚ Canestrari, a retired dentist, said while setting up the exhibit with other members of the group.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ On Wednesday, students participating in Woonsocket High School‚Äôs Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) program attended the Rhode Island Police Academy graduation at CCRI's Lincoln campus.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Santa Claus was seated in his cabin at the mini-park near City Hall Thursday evening, chatting with all the children who stopped by with their friends and relatives.
Emily DiTomasso, 9, and her cousin, Allison Vuona, 5, both of Woonsocket, shared a moment with Santa as Allison's mom, Becky, looked on.
Emily later said she asked the Jolly Ol‚Äô Fella for a Tangled doll, which has hair like that of Rapunsel, and slippers. Allison, meanwhile, asked for a Snow White doll and also for some footwear for the home, Stompies, while telling Santa the rest of her wish list.
The chorale at St. Anthony‚Äôs Church in Woonsocket, under the direction of Mary Bienkiewicz-Picard, will sing at the Christmas Day 9 a.m. Mass. The 22-member choir will perform a variety of traditional and ethnic musical selections. Guest soloist Ryan Latour will render the holiday selection of ‚ÄėO Holy Night.‚Äô Latour recently performed at the Stadium Theatre‚Äôs version of ‚ÄėIn the Mood‚Äô and he is a lifelong parishioner of St. Anthony‚Äôs Church.
The church will offer Christmas Eve Vigil at 5 p.m. Monday, but again there will be no Midnight Mass.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee and the police department to purchase new desktops and related equipment as part of a department-wide overhaul of its computer systems.
The $23,635 to purchase the new computers will not come from town funds, but rather a 2009 COPS law enforcement technology grant.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ This past July, 12 dedicated students enrolled in the RIRAL Transition to College Adult Education program to prepare for their return to college. After five months of academic preparation, they graduated at Woonsocket Harris Library this week in front of dignitaries from CCRI, the state Department of Education and Mayor Leo Fontaine.
The graduates are: Christie Ayala, Alex Ballina, Melissa Cabral, Monica Dias, Janisse Dossantos, Yvette Garza, Diana Gomez, Andrew Ming, Priscila Nassif, Carolina Osorio, Deanna Pickering and Wendy Wilmarth.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚Äď Police Lt. Jared Salinaro still loves his job, but it‚Äôs just not as easy coming to work as it used to be.
That‚Äôs because he has to leave the house without his longtime partner, Vasko the police dog.
Vasko was a staple of the patrol division for more than six years, with a sable snout as familiar to police officers in Woonsocket and other Valley towns as it was here. Though he‚Äôs still eager to work, Vasko‚Äôs been forced into retirement because Salinaro, his exclusive handler, was recently promoted into a position that no longer keeps him tethered to a police cruiser.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A 21-year-old woman was beaten, bitten and threatened with a knife during a feud with her boyfriend Wednesday, police said.
Brad Johnson, 19, of 78 Spring St., was arrested after fleeing the residence and charged with domestic assault with a deadly weapon, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone.
Police said the victim tried to call 911 several times while they were en route to the residence, but the only thing the caller managed to say was that someone was holding a knife to her neck.