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January 28th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee gained another week to review the cityâ€™s recently completed performance audit of school operations thanks to the heavy snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday.
The panel had been set to hear a presentation of auditor B&E Consultingâ€™s findings on ways to lower school budget costs on Wednesday but was forced to postpone the meeting to this coming Wednesday in light of the storm.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite the efforts of the firefighters union to block the move in Superior Court, a new effort by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine to rein in overtime at the fire department by scaling back the amount of firefighting apparatus will go into effect as planned tomorrow.
Jeremy Schupp of Pawtucket smokes a cigarette after his Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer crashed into the front of Louâ€™s Cafe on Summer Street in Manville shortly after noon Wednesday. Schupp said he lost control on the steep, slippery, unsanded hill while heading down to Railroad Street on his way to pick up a load on Flat Street. No injuries were reported, and only minor damage to the front of Louâ€™s Cafe.
WOONSOCKET â€” The alleged assailant in a stabbing that left a young woman in critical condition Tuesday night has been identified as Louis C. Callei, 23, of Woonsocket.
Callei was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions following his arraignment yesterday morning on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling house, possession of oxycodone and resisting arrest.
BLACKSTONE â€” There was so much snow that Kevin Mahoney didn't notice the item missing from his driveway â€” at least not until he started to plow.
It was then that Mahoney realized the bell was gone â€” not just any bell, but a Hooper, a rare piece of 19th century metalsmithing forged into shape by a protege of Paul Revere.
Weighing around 700 pounds, the bronze bell had been severed from a secured length of heavy-duty, steel chain, perhaps with a pair of bolt cutters, around Dec. 16, says Mahoney, of 239 Elm St.
LINCOLN â€” Brian McKinnon readily admits it's a strange way to discover a child's talent for vocals, but that's just what happened in the family's bathroom one night back in January 2003.
He decided to give his then-two-year-old daughter, Alexis Clare, a bath one night, and â€“ as always â€“ he turned on the radio to amuse her, maybe keep her mind off soap in her eyes.
Luis Cruz, of Woonsocket, whoâ€™s all bundled up against the frigid cold Saturday morning, can see his own breath as he waits for the bus on Main Street to take him to a friendâ€™s house in Pawtucket. The forecast doesnâ€™t get any better, with more frigid air expected Sunday and Monday, with daytime temperatures only reaching the upper teens.
Both the Cumberland and North Smithfield town councils this week unanimously approved resolutions urging Governor Lincoln Chafee and the General Assembly to pass legislation that will accelerate the allocation of the proposed phase-in of state school funding dollars.
The resolution, drafted and endorsed by the Rhode Island Coalition of Municipal Leaders, is making the rounds throughout the state over the next two weeks in an attempt to garner support from town and city councils.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The town's new municipal court has been up and running since September and, so far, it's doing everything town officials had hoped it would, including reaping new revenue and accelerating the legal process for disposition of violations.
In a second quarterly report released this week by court administrator and police Capt. Thomas R. Lafleur, more than $17,000 in revenue was generated by the court, with a net revenue amount for the town standing at nearly $10,000.
Abigail Jefferson, center, tells the story of John the Rabbit and his quest at pulling a giant tomato out of the vine, during Thursday nightâ€™s annual Funda Fest, a celebration of black storytelling presented by the R.I. Black Storytellers at the YWCA of Northern R.I. Jefferson was assisted by junior storytellers from the audience, from left, Sunny Dion, 3; Salem Audette, 9; Naimah Dunstan, 6 and Nashona Huntley, 8. Close to 100 children and their parents attended.