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March 3rd, 2013

Schools await budget action

March 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The arrival of deadlines for school department work on the annual school budget have brought with them another reminder that city fiscal affairs are in the hands of a state-appointed Budget Commission.
School Committee member Anita McGuire-Forcier pointed out during the panel’s meeting on Wednesday that a draft school budget has traditionally been submitted to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine for his review on Feb. 28.

Ocean State native to make RI ballet debut March 23

March 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — For former Woonsocket resident Corey Bourbonniere, it all started with a dream that turned into a reality thanks to a lot of hard work, passion and sacrifices.
On March 23 in Rhode Island College's Roberts Auditorium in Providence, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancer and State Ballet of Rhode Island (SBRI) alumnus will dance the male lead role (Albrecht) in The State Ballet of Rhode Island’s matinee performance of “Giselle,” a timeless love story of romance, deception, betrayal and forgiveness.
Bourbonniere is looking forward to his hometown debut.

March 2nd

HEART HEALTHY

March 2, 2013

Logan Spas climbs the rock wall with other third graders at North Smithfield Elementary School during the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Friday. The heart healthy event raised close to $8,000 for the American Heart Association of Rhode Island.

Arrest made in connection to break-in

March 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The theft of more than $17,800 in assorted items of jewelry from a Glen Road home has resulted in felony charges against a 22-year-old city woman of breaking and entering, receiving stolen goods, and conspiracy, according to police.
Victoria Fusco, of Paradis Avenue, has been charged in connection with the Jan. 29 housebreak after police received information she was at her Paradis Avenue residence.

Poll: low confidence in RI’s future

March 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – A whopping 94.2 percent of Rhode Islanders say the state economy is poor or not so good and only 16.7 percent expressed confidence that state leaders would make the right decision about the Ocean State’s future, according to a Brown University poll released on Thursday.

March 1st

Schools push for quick fixes

March 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – School officials know that upwards of 160 students at the high school could miss graduating in 2014 due to state high school reform, but whether that knowledge will allow them to fix the problem over the course of a single school year remains to be seen.
Members of the School Committee acknowledged during their meeting Wednesday night that something will have to be done quickly to set up academic support programs to help the at-risk students in the time available.

City man gets 5 years for crack possession with intent to distribute

March 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A city man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute the drug.
Felix Reyes, 20, was also ordered to serve five years’ supervised release upon the completion of his prison.
He appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary Lisi in Providence after pleading guilty to one count of possession crack with the intent to distribute on Dec. 2, 2012.

Chafee tells Chamber: 'Better days are ahead'

March 1, 2013

LINCOLN – On the day the state learned that its adjusted unemployment rate for last December had dropped to 9.9 percent – the first time it fell below 10 percent in 47 months – an upbeat Gov. Lincoln Chafee told a roomful of businessmen and women that “better days are ahead.”
The governor told a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Breakfast Thursday that with sales and income tax revenues rising, and employment going down, all the metrics are headed in the right direction. That is an indication, Chafee said, “that we are managing the state well.”

February 28th

Town to gauge public on school plan

February 28, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Residents will get the opportunity on March 4 to offer input on the recommendations proposed in the long-awaited report by the School Buildings Task Force, which went to work three years ago to address school buildings needs, including options for the deteriorating Halliwell Memorial Elementary School.
The School Committe is hosting the special public meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School cafeteria, 1850 Providence Pike.

Study: Arts, entertainment keys to Main Street growth

February 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A new plan designed to foster economic growth on Main Street recommends that the city do more of what it’s already doing well – arts and entertainment.
“It specifically builds off the existing businesses and strengths of Market and Monument squares by promoting the growth of additional restaurants and performance spaces,” the plan says. “The squares are already home to several restaurants and performance venues, which attract customers and visitors from Woonsocket and beyond.”

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