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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.”

Senate to shake up Parole Board based on Brissette early release

February 28, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The recent parole granted to convicted “thrill killer” Alfred Brissette Jr. of Woonsocket – which shocked the populace and angered law enforcement and correctional officers — is generating proposed legislation to shake up the membership of the state Parole Board and to prevent such early releases in the future.

February 27th

Missing women found safe on Cape Cod

February 27, 2013

LINCOLN - Two elderly women who were reported missing since Tuesday afternoon were found safe and unharmed early Wednesday morning on Cape Cod, police said.
Police said 75-year-old Marie Bonin of North Smithfield, and her friend Ana Marchwicki, 89, who resides at The Holiday retirement home in Lincoln, were located in Truro, Mass., on the Cape in good condition.
Truro police said the two women got lost and confused and ended up in in that outer Cape town, which is about a two-hour drive from Lincoln.

Charges dropped against woman accused in gun gesture

February 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A local woman has been cleared of wrongdoing following her arrest on charges of pointing her fingers like a gun at an elementary school teacher and pretending to shoot her.
Vanice Armstrong, 26, of 170 Cumberland St., was arrested on Dec. 18, four days after the massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
District Court Judge Christine Jabour found Armstrong not guilty of disorderly conduct after a one-day trial on Monday, court officials say.

Supplemental taxes loom for this year

February 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Budget Commission unanimously approved a draft bill for state lawmakers Tuesday that would raise about $2.5 million in supplemental taxes drawn from two sources: single-family homes, including condos, and motor vehicles.
If the legislature goes along with the plan, $2 million would be raised by reducing the homestead exemption from 39 percent to about 29.9 percent, an adjustment that translates into a $437 supplemental tax bill on the average home, according to Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste.

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.

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