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September 4th, 2012
BURRILLVILLE â€” The School Committee later this month will formally honor School Superintendent Frank W. Pallotta Jr. for being named Rhode Island's 2013 School Superintendent of the Year.
A special ceremony will be held prior to the committee's regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Members of the Town Council will also be on hand to present Dr. Pallotta with a special council resolution. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include refreshments.
UXBRIDGE â€” After searching for hours, investigators recovered the bodies of a woman and her young daughter from the charred rubble of an 18th century farmhouse near the West Hill Dam Tuesday morning.
The victims were identified late yesterday as 45-year-old Suzanne Donovan and her daughter Fini, 6, who started the first grade a few days ago.
They were killed when a fast-moving inferno transformed their home into an unrecognizable heap of blackened cinders and debris about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
CUMBERLAND â€” Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
LINCOLN â€” John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
WOONSOCKET â€” Michael Moniz, whoâ€™s running for a seat in the state legislature, has moved out of House District 49, which he intends to represent.
Moniz moved from St. Germain Manor on East School Street to Crepeau Court on Front Street â€” both publicly-managed high-rises â€” on July 9, according to Robert Kulik, director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority.
Kulik said Moniz relocated because the housing authority is converting a portion of St. Germain Manor in which he lived to assisted living.
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WOONSOCKET â€” When Sarah Rose Beaudoin was attending art school in Boston, her artistic pursuits included ceramics and stained glass design.
It wasn't until a couple of years after her four-year education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts that she discovered her true artistic calling: giving vintage pieces of furniture new life.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The state-appointed Budget Commission in charge of city affairs has begun work on lowering the city's healthcare costs with closed-door meetings with officials from the city's labor unions.
A preliminary session of that effort was held Thursday in the City Council's second-floor conference room after the commission concluded its weekly public session upstairs in Historic Harris Hall.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next weekâ€™s Democratic National Convention.
â€śI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â€ť Chafee said in a written statement. â€śPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I â€“ a former Republican â€“ and lots of people like me are supporting the Presidentâ€™s re-election.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A picturesque Victorian in the Globe section will become a new shelter for homeless male war veterans this fall.
Listed on the National and Rhode Island Registers of Historic Places as the Himes Getchell House, the 2Â˝-story dwelling at 492 South Main St. was built in 1875 and will be rechristened the Ballou Harris House when it opens this fall, said Frank DiMaio of the Fogarty Center in North Providence.
WOONSOCKET â€” Students at the Kevin K. Coleman and Gov. Aram J. Pothier elementary schools will see new faces in the Principals' office at their schools following action by both the School Committee and state-appointed Budget Commission.
The School Committee on Wednesday appointed Lisa Jacques, a veteran math teacher at the high school, to the vacancy at Coleman Elementary School and named Dr. Donna Raptakis, a Coventry School Department administrator and special education teacher, as principal of Pothier Elementary School by unanimous votes.
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