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February 22nd, 2013

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.

February 21st

Wood stove likely caused Norman St. fire

February 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Fire officials have identified a woodstove in use for heating as the probable cause of a fire that gutted a single-family home at 195 Norman St. Tuesday night.
Capt. Michael A. Morin, city fire marshal, said the department’s investigation into the fire discovered at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday pointed to the woodstove as the likely cause even though the heavy damage to the wood-frame structure would likely prevent a final determination from being made.

February 20th

Town seeks funds for capital improvements

February 20, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Special Town Meeting voters will get down to business March 11 when they consider a combined $8,263,612 in proposals to replace the roofs of the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, the John F. Kennedy Elementary School and the Augustine F. Maloney Elementary School.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Blackstone-Millville Regional High auditorium, 175 Lincoln St.

Teacher’s idea for biofuel plane trip is taking flight

February 20, 2013

GLOCESTER — It's been an exciting past few years for science teacher Ross “Mad Dog” McCurdy and his whiz kids at Ponaganset High School.
In 2008, McCurdy and his students were recognized nationally for their Fuel Cell Model T, a hydrogen-powered car built by the students under McCurdy's guidance. McCurdy has taught a class about fuel cells and other renewable energy technologies for several years and the transformed Model T replica is still being used to teach new students about the potential uses of fuel cells.

Non-profits off the hook — for now

February 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Some two dozen non-profit charitable, cultural and civic organizations in the city can rest easy for a while – the Budget Commission has pushed back the timetable for stripping them of tax-exempt status until July 2014.
As commissioners voted 4-0 to spare the tax-exempts until then, they said that in the meantime, the city must do more to make sure the process is legally defensible.

Fire guts Norman Street home

February 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Fire heavily damaged a single family home at 195 Norman St. Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to the dwelling at about 7:40 p.m. and battled heavy flames that gutted the home before it was extinguished. Firefighters cleared the scene at 10:30 p.m.

February 19th

FRANK DIPAOLO LAID TO REST

February 19, 2013

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy speaks the media following the funeral for his longtime friend Frank DiPaolo, whom he eulogized during Tuesday's funeral mass at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Providence. DiPaolo, who died last Thursday, was 106. He served as the doorkeeper for Rhode Island House of Representatives for more than 30 years before retiring in 2010 and was a political mentor to former R.I. Congressman Kennedy, having met him while Kennedy was a student at Providence College. Said Kennedy, "He was 106, but he never seemed old to me."

Woonsocket Budget Commission may favor chopping homestead exemption

February 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Given several options for raising $2.5 million in supplemental taxes, the Budget Commission appears to be leaning toward in favor of one that would place the burden squarely on owners of single-family homes and condos.
The supplemental tax increase would be raised by cutting the homestead exemption from 39 percent to 27.6 percent, and sparing all other property classes, including commercial property, motor vehicles and business equipment.

February 18th

Board reaffirms killer's release

February 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Convicted thrill-killer Alfred Brissette has won early release from the parole board after all.
After hitting the pause button on its decision to free Brissette amid a firestorm of criticism in December, the board unanimously reaffirmed its position yesterday, said Matt Degnan, the administrator for the parole board.
Brissette, 39, of Woonsocket, who pleaded no contest to the 1999 slaying of Jeanette Descoteaux, will be released as soon as the details of his release plan are firmed up, said Degnan.

Dubois seeking seat on selectmen

February 18, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Three months after losing his election bid for state representative of the 8th Worcester District, former Blackstone Selectman Robert J. Dubois has announced he will run again for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the April 1 town election.
Dubois, a Blackstone Democrat, had previously served on the board for 24 years. He was first elected in 1986 and was chairman from 1992 to 2002. He was chairman again up until the spring of 2011 when he was defeated in his re-election bid.

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