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December 30th

Burrillville mechanic killed by falling car

December 30, 2012

BURRILLVILLE (AP) — Police say a mechanic has been killed after he was found pinned beneath a minivan and a hydraulic lift at an auto repair shop in Burrillville.
Police identified the man as 47-year-old James Cash.
Lt. John Connors of the Burrillville Police Department told NBC 10 that police received a report at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday from a woman checking up on Cash.
Police found him pinned underneath a minivan that had been improperly supported on a hydraulic lift. Police said the lift buckled and the minivan and lift fell on top of Cash.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

December 29th

Lincoln High closes 2012 with flurry of activity

December 29, 2012

LINCOLN — It was a beehive of activity over the past two months at Lincoln High School, where students took part in several programs and activities.

Town eyeing school safety measures

December 29, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — School Supt. Frank Pallotta has set up a special assessment team to evaluate existing school safety measures and review ideas and proposals to improve school safety.
In the meantime, until that team reports its findings, police patrol officers will have a presence in all of the schools on a daily basis, town officials said Friday.
The announcement comes two weeks after the Dec. 14 tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where a guman killed his mother before opening fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults.

Bileau’s Flowers raises $1,908 for Because He Lives Ministries

December 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Bileau’s Flowers raised $1,908 for Because He Lives Ministries by raffling off a holiday gift basket this year.
Jeanne Bis, co-owner of the Diamond Hill Road flower shop, said the winning ticket-holder was Wayne Demers, who picked up his prize on Christmas Eve.
This marked the third consecutive season that Bis and Bileau’s co-owner Ralph Bileau raffled off a basket for the benefit of Because He Lives, raising more than $5,000 to date.

Storm leaves up to a foot of snow in southern NE

December 29, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — Weather watchers say up to a foot of snow fell in parts of southern New England as the latest winter storm moved through the Northeast.
The storm had ended in the region by Sunday morning and dry weather was expected for days, although strong winds may chill the bone.
Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., said six to 12 inches of snow fell from Saturday afternoon and overnight in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts, including Foxboro where the New England Patriots play.

December 28th

FINAL PREPARATIONS

December 28, 2012

Michael Heaton, left, and Jeff Lambert, employees of the Woonsocket Public Service Division, put the finishing touches on a protective cover for the coolant pipes at the outdoor skating rink at River Island Park in Woonsocket Friday in advance of water poured into the rink on Wednesday. Skating is expected to commence later next week.

McKee considers bid for Lt. Governor post

December 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND – Mayor Daniel McKee is mulling a bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.
“It’s something I’m giving serious consideration to,” McKee, a Democrat, told The Times Thursday. “I have interest in exploring that as an option. It’s a few years away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about that if you actually want to make an effort toward it. It’s something that is worth looking at so I am taking a look at it.”

Plan to tax the exempt is on ice

December 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A plan to begin sending property tax bills to some organizations that have traditionally been exempt is apparently on ice after the Budget Commission split on the issue in a 2-2 tie Thursday.
With Mayor Leo Fontaine absent due to an illness, Commission Chairman Bill Sequino and Peder Schaefer voted not to send out the tax bills, while Dina Dutremble and City Council President were in favor of doing so.
Based on the split, Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste says it’s unclear what he should do and he’s going to need a formal legal opinion before he moves one way or the other.

December 27th

A dramatic message from the State Police

December 27, 2012

LINCOLN — A sobering pre-New Year’s message about the dangers of drinking and driving was issued yesterday by State Police and the self-described numbers-crunchers of highway injury statistics, but no one put it more eloquently than Tori Andreozzi.
She said nothing.
Incapable of speaking, the 22-year-old woman sat awkwardly in a wheelchair while a family member held a sign above her head that said, “I am the victim of a drunk driver.”

Church to hold service for victims

December 27, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church will hold a special memorial New Year's Eve worship service on Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Led by the Rev. Lynn McCracken, the service will be "a time of remembrance surrounding the tragic loss of life from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a reflection for the new year ahead," McCracken said.

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