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May 17th, 2014

From ponds to ocean, beach season’s here

May 17, 2014

With temperatures rising and the days lengthening, all of Rhode Island is getting ready for beach season.

Lincoln Woods’ Frank Moody Beach, one of the busiest beaches in the state parks system, opened on May 10. The beach and swimming area provides summer relief to thousands of city dwellers from Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket and Providence.

“We had a great opening weekend with great weather,” said a worker at the facility’s main office. “And we’re looking forward to an even better summer.”

Full version can be found on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

May 16th

North Smithfield crash victim ID'd; police appeal for info

May 16, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The woman who died after the car she was driving slammed into a tree on Great Road Tuesday morning has been identified as Elaine M. Beretta, 66, of Burrillville.
A medical helicopter transported Beretta from a site near the crash to Rhode Island Hospital, where she later died.
In a statement released Friday morning, police issued a public appeal for information about the cause of the crash, which remains unknown.
Anyone with information they think might be helpful may call the North Smithfield Police Department’s tip line, 401-762-9983.

May 15th

School Committee approves mayor's plan for full-day kindergarten

May 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – After her plan to bring back full-day kindergarten won the blessing of the School Committee Wednesday, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is poised to ask the state-appointed Budget Commission for the OK to implement the program in the fall.
Thanks to a combination of federal and state grants, as well as changes in the reimbursement formula for state aid, officials say they could implement the program at no cost to taxpayers through 2018.

May 14th

RI Senate OKs NECAP moratorium

May 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With local lawmakers casting three of the five dissenting votes, the RI Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to halt the use of high-stakes standardized tests as a high school graduation requirement until 2017.
The measure, by West Warwick Sen. Adam Satchell, a Democrat, passed on a vote of 29-5, but that may be as far as it goes this year at least. Larry Berman, spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, said efforts to stop the use of the tests as a graduation requirement will not come up for a vote in that chamber this year.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.

May 13th

Driver killed in N. Smithfield crash

May 13, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A 66-year-old woman died after her car slammed head-on into a tree on Great Road Tuesday morning.
North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson said the victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by LifeFlight helicopter after she was freed from the badly mangled vehicle. She was barely responsive as she was being lifted onto a stretcher, he told The Call. She died of her injuries at the hospital, police confirmed.

May 12th

City Council recall is dead

May 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET – An effort to force a special election to recall the two newest members of the City Council is dead, members of the grassroots committee that spearheaded the initiative acknowledged Monday.
Today is the deadline for the so-called petitioner’s committee to turn over to the Board of Canvassers the required minimum number of signatures to keep the recall alive. But Jim Cournoyer, one of the committee’s 10 members, said the group would not reach its goal.

May 11th

Business booms, but Hope Global ponders a move

May 11, 2014

CUMBERLAND – With the mighty Blackstone River flowing south along Hope Global’s entrance drive off Martin Street, it is easy to see what problems the company has had with sudden flooding in the past.

But now, Hope Global CEO Cheryl Merchant says the worldwide textile manufacturer may not be able to wait until a solution for those flooding risks is found with the help of federal and state disaster management agencies.

Hope Global may have to take its operations to another community or even out of state to meet its growing operational needs, Merchant said Friday.

Church chef credits listening as the secret to her ‘loaves of love’

May 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Listening to bread dough might seem a little odd at first, but to hear longtime Woonsocket baker Emily Lisker describe the art of making bread, it starts to make sense when you consider yeast is a living organism.

“You have to listen to the dough and make sure it wakes up before using it,” says Lisker, who is standing over four trays of sourdough in the basement kitchen of All Saints Parish on Rathbun Street.

May 9th

Kiln helps fire up creativity

May 9, 2014

BELLINGHAM – It’s located in a retail plaza in the center of town, but you might say Once Upon a Kiln operates at the crossroads of imagination and functionality.

Here, you can create a dinner plate that looks like it came from the home furnishings department at Macy’s. You can eat off of it, throw it in the dishwasher, and treat it just like you would the Macy’s plate, too.

May 8th

Pell: 'Discrimination is real in RI'

May 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Declaring that “discrimination is real in Rhode Island today,” Democratic candidate for governor Clay Pell laid out what he called an “Opportunity for All” policy that would benefit women, minorities, gays and even illegal immigrants.
“I believe we need to make this a place where all people can succeed,” Pell told reporters at a press conference at the Museum of Work and Culture Thursday. “I believe we have to include people regardless of their immigration status in our economy. We have to make sure that

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