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January 22nd, 2013

Remembering the King

January 22, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Martin Luther King Day Community Committee capped a celebratory weekend of events honoring the slain civil rights leader with a wreath-laying ceremony at the colorful new King Memorial on South Main Street.
The sculpture-like tableau depicting King preaching to a band of followers was dedicated last fall, but yesterday was the first time it had served as the backdrop for a formal King Day celebration.
By all accounts, the city’s newest work of public art made stellar grades on the occasion, even if the perennials used in the landscaping are dormant this time of year.

January 20th

Fire panel sets trustee workshop

January 20, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees — two from each of the four fire districts.

RI Music Hall of Fame announces inductees

January 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday announcing its 2013 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village.

January 19th

Pats beat the Ravens! (in Financial Football, that is)

January 19, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The New England Patriots dominated Baltimore, shutting out the Ravens, 26-0.
At least that was the outcome of the "Financial Football" game played one morning this past week in Renee DeRosier's personal finance class at Cumberland High School.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis served as honorary coach for a team of teens that scored a virtual victory as a hopeful preview of the Patriots real playoff game tonight.

Where Christmas trees go to die... and create new life

January 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Highway Supt. Rick Lambert was on his way to tend to an emergency boiler problem when he came upon it, tossed unceremoniously to the curb like an ordinary piece of litter, the merriment all but expunged from its branches.
It was a Christmas tree, of course, but the timing was so wrong he had to chuckle.
“It was Christmas morning,” Lambert recalled. “They were already done with their Christmas tree. It was out the door.”

January 18th

Court upholds probation sentence

January 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Ex-convict Thomas G. Lamoureux was properly sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing his girlfriend and stabbing her brother while he was on probation for manslaughter in 2011, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.
Lamoureux, who was sentenced as a probation violator on the latter offenses, challenged the strength of the evidence in an appeal to the high court.
In a decision handed up Friday, the justices affirmed the sentence, saying prosecutors met the required standard of proof to uphold the charge that Lamoureux had violated his probation.

Mardi Gras Queen contestants ready for competition

January 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts is well under way with Mardi Gras and has announced five contestants for queen of the festivities. They are Diane Bessette, Kayla Guilbeault, Sheylon Lawson, Jo-Ann Maurice and Sandy Paul.
The queen will preside over Mardi Gras on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and unmask her cohort, King Jace XIX.
As in tradition, King Jace XIX is a secret. Dave Richards of radio station WOON will be releasing the clues shortly and the public is invited to guess who is portraying the king this year.

January 17th

St. Antoine Residence turns 100

January 17, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Saint Antoine Residence, Rhode Island’s largest long-term care facility, is gearing up for a major milestone - it's 100th birthday.
Saint Antoine is celebrating its centennial year in 2013 with a variety of events and communications that will take place throughout the calendar year, Wendy Fargnoli, Saint Antoine’s executive director, said at a special anniversary announcement ceremony held Wednesday on the Saint Antoine community campus in North Smithfield.

Burrillville school safety outlined

January 17, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — Teachers in every classroom in every school now have updated phones to allow continual communication with the central office and principal's office during classroom lock downs.
All doors and entryways at all school buildings are locked and secured. Teachers who are not actively teaching class are patrolling hallways. School liaisons at each of the schools are in constant communication with the Police Department.

January 16th

Chafee budget contains no tax increases

January 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Boasting a “Back to Basics” budget that contains no increase in taxes – and even a 2 percent reduction in the corporate tax rate over three years – Gov. Lincoln Chafee submitted an $8.1 billion tax and spending plan for 2014 to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Of the budget total, $3.4 billion will come from state taxes and other revenues, with the rest provided by the federal government.

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