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October 1st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â Vimala Phongsavanh believes the School Committee on which she serves has too many subcommittees and wants her peers to take on a restructuring of the list of 19 panels.
Phongsavanh has offered the committee members a Power Point presentation detailing her concerns that members are spread too thin in their assignments to the subcommittees, and that consolidation of the list could result in better transparency and accountability for the boards.
CRANSTON â First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husbandâs re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.
LINCOLN â Sitting at an all-red table with the âLongevityâ symbol painted on the top in black, art teacher Susan Kolenda and language teacher Becky Regan peruse this âConfucius Classroomâ at Lincoln High School in awe.
One wall is devoted to a colorful painting of a mammoth Chinese dragon, that achieved by LHS Special Education instructor Chris Jones. Above a window is a bright red cornice with gold trim and a black Chinese symbol, courtesy of the talents of Kolenda herself.
Inside the room stand six such tables, each surrounded by five or six all-black, cushioned chairs.
WOONSOCKET â The School Department honored its best Wednesday night, presenting its annual recognition awards to a teacher, a teacher assistant, a secretary and a custodian.
Jessica Frechette, a special needs teacher, collected Teacher of the Year honors for the department for her role in helping students in the classroom and also for her work to add an accessible playground structure at the Globe Park Elementary School where she works.
WOONSOCKET â A freight train slammed into a car Wednesday after the driver mistakenly turned onto the River Street train tracks, thinking the rail bed was a street.
Christopher Hanlon, 28, was navigating with the aid of a GPS device, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette. The Coventry resident was heading toward Massachusetts on River Street, looking for Verry Street.
âHis GPS said take the next right, so he took the next right, which turned out to be the railroad tracks,â said Jalette. âVerry Street is the first right after the railroad tracks.â
WOONSOCKET â You'll pardon Jerry St. Angelo if he seems so above it all.
After all, he is.
At least when he's working.
Like tree-trimmers and steeplejacks, St. Angelo spends most of his professional life higher above sea-level than the rest of us.
He's a restoration stonemason, a job that combines the talents of Spiderman and the patience of a brain surgeon. A foreman for RD Preservation, St. Angelo is in charge of a crew that's repairing dangerously unstable masonry on the facade of City Hall.
Just don't call him a bricklayer.
LINCOLN â Under the watchful eyes of instructors Deb Reddy and Paula Paluch, a group of perhaps a dozen Northern Elementary School students performed an assortment of body moves on a classroom floor early Monday afternoon.
âOK, we're doing the 'Down Dog,'â Paluch announced to the girls as the tune âTownship Krishna,â sung by Krishna Das, blared from a small CD player. âNow, swing to the 'Warrior 1.'â
A few seconds passed, and Paluch asked the kids to move to the âWarrior 2,â then to the âWindmillâ and âCobraâ before switching back to the âDown Dog.â
WOONSOCKET â The City Council moved to discuss a possible site for a new water treatment plant in closed session Monday evening but not before a local resident voiced opposition to the step.
Lorraine Corey of Huntington Avenue, a fiscal watchdog, questioned why the matter was not aired in public session given the costs involved.
LINCOLN â Megan Wayneâs 16th birthday would have been on Sept. 11 and a little more than a year after her suicide, the Warwick teenagerâs family is still trying to cope with her loss.
But on Saturday Gail and John Wayne and Meganâs sisters, Jordan, 12, and Heather Johnson and her family joined an army of walkers seeking to prevent such sadness for others.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has enabled more residents to take part in the senior citizen tax deferment program by lowering the age requirement and increasing the income guidelines for eligible seniors.
Initiated in 2003, the senior citizen tax deferment program is a tax-relief aid that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer all or part of their taxes and special assessments on their primary home. The loan is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.