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February 8th, 2012

City rent costs going up fast

February 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
That’s the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit one’s monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.

A quiet day in gym class

February 8, 2012

CUMBERLAND — It's time for “Phys Ed” but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.

February 7th

City Hall turns into art gallery

February 7, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Some say there’s just no room for analytic cubism in local government, but don’t tell the kids at Beacon Charter School for the Arts.
Their abstract works of art, along with more traditional landscapes and self-portraits, have turned the corridors of City Hall into gallery space.
The latest joint venture between the city’s growing arts crowd and Mayor Leo T. Fontaine’s administration is designed to showcase the work of student artists from Beacon and give everyday folks who pass through City Hall an opportunity to sample the exceptional expertise of these emerging artists.

February 6th

He wants you to know about Asperger's

February 6, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Bullied at school, erroneously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with a correspondingly wrongheaded cocktail of prescription drugs, Adam Brunetti arrived at a harrowing crossroads by the time he was in the sixth grade at Woonsocket Middle School in 2006.
No wonder he doesn’t remember much of it.
“I pretty much blacked the whole thing out,” he says matter-of-factly.

February 5th

For Knights of Columbus, charity is first and foremost

February 5, 2012

When Michael S. Krzywonos used to attend Sunday Mass at the former St. Cecilia's Church in Pawtucket he'd see the same friendly faces sitting in the same pews every week. Other than exchanging passing greetings and a few pleasantries at the end of Mass, it eventually dawned on Krzywonos that he really didn't know who his fellow parishioners were.
"For the longest time they were just faces without names," he says.

Despite cuts, Davies looks to enhance programs

February 5, 2012

LINCOLN – Given the new state funding formula, the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School will receive $649,000 less in state aid during the 2012-13 academic year.
So stated Davies' Business/Education Partnership Coordinator Bernie Blumenthal on Thursday.
Neither he nor Gerry Manning, Supervisor of Career & Technical Instruction, truly know how the institution can continue to survive over the next several years.

TRUE COLORS

February 5, 2012

Anthony Rison, a longtime Woonsocket resident and Patriots fan, raises his team’s flag on the front of his Manville Road home Saturday morning. Rison is hosting a Super Bowl party for 20 people, the most he can fit in his house. The
banner, at right, was created by his son-in-law Eric Sherman, who died in a construction accident in February 2005.

February 3rd

Serial pedophile gets 30 years

February 3, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A local man was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of raping three children, the attorney general’s office announced.
Ramiro Morales, 39, will also be on probation for 25 years upon his release from prison and is subject to lifetime supervision with a GPS monitoring device under the Jessica Lundsford Act, said Amy Kempe, spokesman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
Morales has been incarcerated since 2009, but his last known address was 25 Lapre Road.

Hainesworth, nominated by Obama, hopes to be state’s newest marshal

February 3, 2012

GLOCESTER – President Barack Obama has nominated former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainesworth to be Rhode Island's new U.S. marshal, the White House has announced.
Hainesworth currently serves as the law enforcement liaison and victim advocate for the Rhode Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving after some three decades in police work.
“It’s a great choice,” said State Sen. Paul Fogarty (D-Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield). “He’s a man of incredible honesty and integrity, he’s a great law enforcement guy, and he’ll do the state and Glocester proud.”

February 2nd

Kids decide to go green at lunchtime

February 2, 2012

LINCOLN — Central Elementary School fourth-grader Maggie Cabana didn't want to let down her fellow students, so she decided to prepare her Wednesday lunch the night before.
“I made it at about 7:30 (p.m.); I made my peanut butter crackers, strawberries and an orange with the peel taken off, then put them all in plastic containers,” she admitted. “I did it so I wouldn't forget anything. I was scared that I'd put it into plastic bags. I didn't want to forget that's against the rules (for this lunch).”

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