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August 20th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” The R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) will kick off its new Academy for Transformative Leadership program today by welcoming the first class of participants in the school turnaround initiative.
The Academy is designed to recruit, prepare, and support leaders who will take on the challenge of transforming the lowest-achieving schools in the state, according to Elliot Krieger, RIDE spokesman.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” An unaudited review of North Smithfield's finances shows the town ending the fiscal year with a $628,788 surplus in its general fund, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton and Finance Director Brian Silvia announced Friday.
A portion of the surplus is a result of town departments finishing the year under budget, Hamilton said. The remainder of the surplus was generated through various revenue sources exceeding budget projections.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 39-year-old city woman faces 33 criminal charges, including 18 felony counts, in connection with the fraudulent use of checks allegedly stolen from a neighbor's apartment, police said Friday.
Jennifer L. Bell, 39, of 19 Hamlet Ave., was charged after police investigated a complaint by a 53-year-old woman that someone had been writing checks to her checking account between June 4 and July 18.
The amounts were less than $500 per check but in total amounted to more than $3,000, police said.
Dodging raindrops on Main Street, Woonsocket residents (from left) Kayla Paquin, 4, Lauren Larson, Katelyn Erminelli, 14, Angela Erminelli, Brittany Jacques, 13, and Ashley Erminelli, 11, have a little fun on an otherwise dreary Saturday morning in the city.
BELLINGHAM â€” The Saint Blaise Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is participating in the â€œFriends of the Poor Walk," a national walk that provides an opportunity to raise funds for the local conference.
Started in 2008, the walk has grown each year, attracting over 18,000 walkers and raising over $1.4 million with over 1,000 conferences participating. This is the second year St. Blaise is participating.
Last year, St. Blaise had 26 walkers and raised $4,390. The group says it is looking to double the participation and funds raised.
Governor Lincoln Chafee visits one of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative sites on Friday â€” the Connecting for Children and Families' Chillin' & Skillin' summer program, held at the Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket. He witnessed a hands-on presentation by Save the Bay called "A Bay Experience" with live sea creatures such as starfish, crabs and perriwinkles. The governor was quite impressed, saying, â€˜It was an important opportunity for youth to be able to learn and be outdoors at the same time.
WOONSOCKET â€” Family and friends of longtime Woonsocket Police Dispatcher Ron Auger were at the station Thursday evening sprucing up the small garden created in his memory. Ron's mother, Jeanne, said she and her helpers had stopped by on Tuesday to trim the weeping cherry tree planted near her sonâ€™s plaque and noticed the area needed a bit more work.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police on Wednesday released additional details on Sundayâ€™s frightening home invasion on Front Street in which a gun was fired into a couple's bed as the alleged robbers sought information about goods believed to be in the residence.
Patrolman Christopher M. Bouvier reported responding to a 7:08 a.m. call for a home invasion at 620 Front St. and encountered Royce H. Jackson, 28, out in the street dressed in just his underwear.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â€” Interstate 95 has been reopened in North Attleboro after a truck crash brought down power lines on the roadway, closing it for more than two hours and backing up traffic for miles.
Massachusetts State Police said the Thursday afternoon crash happened between Exits 4 and 5 near the Interstate 295 interchange and both northbound and southbound sides of the road were closed to traffic until the power lines could be removed.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH), a coalition of more than 70 employers in Rhode Island representing over 50,000 employees, is weighing in on the pending sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Boston-based Steward Health Care System, saying negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center/Steward Health Care must abide by several considerations, including establishment of a statewide coordinated health care plan.