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August 5th, 2012

Officials consider police ATV patrolling

August 5, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders who disregard traffic laws and ride on posted property in town better watch out: the police may soon be rolling out its own ATV's to catch and prosecute scofflaws.
The local police department, which has been unable to effectively catch dirt bike and ATV riders who break the law, has asked the Town Council to consider approving a police ATV patrol program that would allow police officers to patrol woods, pathways and other areas that squad cars cannot easily access.

Summer Youth Employment Program puts money in pockets, smiles on faces

August 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A throng of children sits in a circle around Arkaydia Farrow as she clutches an open book in one hand, trying to read a story and make eye contact with her rapt audience at the same time.
When Farrow isn’t telling stories, she’s helping this crop of six- to eight-year-olds practice their writing skills, shepherding them on field trips or managing an arts & crafts project.
In her first paid job, Farrow, 18, relishes her role as mentor and cheerleader to children while they’re in their formative years, some of them from troubled, broken families.

August 4th

Burrillville PD makes arrests in break-ins

August 4, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Police have made arrests related to 10 house breaks in town within the past two months.
Police have also made an arrest in the armed robbery of the 24-hour Sunoco gas station at 174 Chapel St., according to Major Lareto Guglietta.
On May 23, just after 4:40 a.m., the cashier on duty reported to police that a suspect pointed a weapon at him, demanded money and threatened to shoot him. The cashier complied and handed over $285 in cash. The suspect then fled on foot, according to Guglietta.

City vows to keep defending the cross monument

August 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET — "We're in this to the end."
That was the battle cry and official response from Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Solicitor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has demanded the city remove the WWI and WWII memorial cross at Place Jolicoeur.

August 2nd

Schools hand in $66.6 million budget

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.

Read more in our print edition.

Monument gets spruced up; city ready to respond

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Just in time for another round of public scrutiny, the World War I monument at the center of a simmering constitutional feud with a Wisconsin atheist group has gotten a makeover worthy of prime time.
The once-disintegrating masonry has been restored, the brass plaque bearing the names of the war dead has been professionally spiffed up, and the cross at the heart of the dispute gleams whiter than ever.

Read more in our print edition.

Vose aids in high school makeover

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When students return to Woonsocket High School on Aug 29 they are going to find some areas of school to be brighter and newer looking thanks to the help of a local business.
Chet Chomka, the manager and owner of Vose True Value Hardware at 849 Cumberland Hill Road had made a point of letting local schools know about the True Value Foundation's “Painting a Bright Future” grant program last fall. Chomka was thrilled to learn earlier this year that Woonsocket High School was among 100 schools selected nationwide to win the award of 40 gallons of paint under the program.

July 31st

In Woonsocket, chickens still run 'a-fowl' of the law

July 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET – In a city where the median household income lags far behind the rest of the state, Armand Tetreault thought his family had discovered a tasty, healthy way to ease the squeeze on its food budget when his son began raising chickens.

Route 146A to get major overhaul

July 31, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — A mile-long stretch of Route 146A in North Smithfield known as Eddie Dowling Highway will get some major and much-needed repairs before the end of the year, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton said this week.

Missing Burrillville woman has been found

July 31, 2012

The Mapleville woman for whom we launched a silver alert has been found in the woods behind her house. RI State Police K9’s assisted the Burrillville Police and local fire departments in the search.

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