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February 27th, 2013

Fire displaces 12 in Blackstone

February 27, 2013

BLACKSTONE – A fast-moving fire believed to have been caused by a woodstove destroyed a circa 1850s home at 163 and 165 Main St. Tuesday, leaving two families homeless.
No one was injured by the fire despite the residents having to flee their homes quickly when it was discovered just before 6 a.m.
The flames are believed to have spread from a woodstove on the first floor of one of two apartments in the two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame building up into the second floor, the attic and roof area.

February 25th

Woonsocket priest placed on leave after abuse allegation

February 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Citing a “credible allegation of sexual misconduct” that occurred more than three decades ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence announced that it has placed the Rev. Monsignor John Allard on administrative leave and accepted his resignation as the spiritual leader of two city parishes.
The pastor of St. Agatha’s and Precious Blood parishes “has taken responsibility for his actions and expressed profound remorse for the harm he has caused,” the diocese said in a prepared statement Monday.

Anti-bullying fundraiser March 14

February 25, 2013

LINCOLN — The Community Against Bullying in Schools will hold its Let Kindness Bloom fundraising gala on Thursday, March 14 at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The event will feature a dinner prepared by Kirkbrae chefs, a silent auction, a display of student anti-bullying artwork, guest speakers, and music by entertainer Matty B.

Unhappy Anniversary -- Noury's plane fell to Germans 69 years ago

February 25, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – At 89, former World War II POW Raymond A. Noury’s health isn’t what it used to be and these days he spends more time sitting in his wheelchair than he does using the walker that carries his portable telephone and plastic bin of personal items.
Noury, the sole survivor of an 11-member B-24 bomber crew, also has to contend with arthritis that makes it difficult to use his hands or straighten out his back.

February 24th

FLIPPING OUT

February 24, 2013

Kyle Bresnahan, left, and Bountheng (B.T.) Tanakhone, both of Woonsocket, practice kickflips on their skateboards on Main Street in the city Friday. Milder temperatures and less wind served up a perfect day for late winter outdoor activities in the Valley.

Council to discuss senior tax exemption

February 24, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A proposed updating of the existing senior citizen property tax exemption aimed at lessening the burden of expected tax increases on the city’s older property owners will get further review by the City Council at its upcoming work session on Monday.
City Council President John F. Ward, who proposed an improvement of the current little-used exemption, said he is open to suggestions from his peers on exactly what changes could be made to make the exemption available to a greater number of elderly residents.

Millerville Men’s Club marks 75 years

February 24, 2013

BLACKSTONE – In the aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, a group of 10 French Canadian residents from the Millerville section of Blackstone looked around at the devastation, rolled up their sleeves and went to work cleaning up the neighborhood.

February 22nd

Police nab pair in church rails theft

February 22, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Acting on a tip, police arrested two city men Thursday in connection with the theft of brass hand rails from the steps of the landmark St. Charles Barromeo Church.
Robert C. Ceraolo, 55, of 340 Robinson St., and Timothy Ring, 36, of 157 Fairfield Ave., are charged with one count each of felony larceny and conspiracy.

Town to drill for new sources of water

February 22, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council has given the Water Department the green light to move forward with a plan to drill test wells at five sites where town water officials hope to find new municipal sources of water.

Schools aim to reach graduation requirements

February 22, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Local school officials could soon be considering plans to help students achieve new state graduation requirements that are threatening to keep some members of the Class of 2014 from earning a high school diploma when next year’s graduation season rolls around.
School Committee Chairwoman Vimala Phongsavanh said Tuesday she is aware of the changes in graduation requirements affecting next year’s seniors and wants to hear more about the district’s plans to assist students who have yet to achieve proficiency in state academic standards.

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