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June 14th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday night to ask the state of Rhode Island to take control of the cityâ€™s cash-strapped public education system.
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it canâ€™t operate with available funds and still comply with the state-mandated Basic Education Plan.
â€śOur fiduciary responsibility is to both educate Woonsocketâ€™s approximately six thousand youths while also operating with a balanced budget,â€ť the letter says. â€śThis simply cannot be done.â€ť
WOONSOCKET (Courtesy WPRI) - A city man is fighting for his life after being struck in the head with a brick early Saturday morning.
According to police, Brian Hicks and three friends were walking near Walnut Hill when someone drove by in a gold truck and threw a brick out the window, hitting Hicks in the head.
"Whoever did this is an animal we want this guy caught," said Hicks' father Russell, according to WPRI.
Doctors say Hicks is battling a severe head injury. He's had multiple surgeries, but so far shown no sign of consciousness. Doctors say they aren't sure what the outcome will be.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state-appointed Budget Commission Monday reserved the right not to recall up to 98 teachers who are still holding pink slips, about a fifth of the Woonsocket Education Departmentâ€™s teaching workforce.
Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan was before the panel asking for permission to recall 56 teachers immediately to fill known vacancies, including a number of state-mandated positions.
CUMBERLAND â€” With a nod to the class of 1962, the graduating class of 2012 bid farewell to Cumberland High School on Monday night at a ceremony held at Tucker Field.
PROVIDENCE â€” Denizens of Netroots Nation may have thought they were coming to a famously deep-blue state that has Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly for their 2012 get-together, but a panel of local activists gave them a sobering dose of bad news: While Rhode Island is heavily Democratic, it is not particularly liberal, or, in the current jargon, progressive.
PROVIDENCE â€“ It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panelâ€™s hearing on the budget.
STATE HOUSE â€“ The House this past week approved legislation to increase use of the vehicle ignition interlock system for those convicted of driving under the influence or refusing a chemical test.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The 158 Burrillville High School seniors who earned diplomas at Friday's 111th Commencement celebrated achievements, overcame obstacles and adapted to change on their four-year high school journeys.
The Class of 2012 may also have been Burrillville High School's most diverse.
"We all became friends despite our differences and that diversity seemed to bring us together," said Senior Class President Nathan A. Satish, an exchange student who noted the graduating class's unique membership.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A two-alarm fire that displaced four residents in a two-family at 24 Knight St. early Thursday morning was caused by the careless use of fireworks.
Lt. Scott Popovich of the Woonsocket Fire Departmentâ€™s Fire Prevention Bureau said the fireworks were legally purchased at a retail store.
Investigators for the WFD determined that the fire started in a pile of debris in the yard behind the house. The fire eventually crept toward the house, scorching the rear facade and the roof, Popovich said.
The fire will be classified as accidental in nature.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A tough year ended on a jubilant note as Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s class of 2012 strode off into the great unknown with words of encouragement and sage advice Friday.
After a ceremony spiced with student performances of pop music, 309 seniors picked up diplomas in the gymnasium, where hundreds of spectators gathered, clutching balloons and sounding the occasional noisemaker.
â€śBe the best version of yourself possibleâ€ť was Valedictorian Justyna Pietrusâ€™s parting advice to her classmates. â€śNo matter what your version of success is work until you get there.â€ť