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January 9th, 2012

Cicilline hangs up shingle in City Hall

January 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When someone called U.S. Rep. David Cicilline’s constituent services office exactly one minute after the freshman Democrat officially christened the site Monday, it seemed like a good omen.
“At 10:01 a.m. the phone rang and it was someone with a VA question,” Cicilline’s District Director, Christopher Fierro, said as the congressman arrived. “They know we’re here.”

January 8th

Two join Cumberland police force

January 8, 2012

CUMBERLAND — It was standing room only as a large gathering of Cumberland police officers, as well as their families, crowded the Town Council's chambers Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of Cumberland's two newest police recruits.
Officers Josh Vaughn and Gregory J. Pomfret were officially sworn in at a 20-minute ceremony presided over by Police Chief John R. Desmarais. Mayor Daniel J. McKee swore-in the two officers.
In his remarks, McKee said the town is proud to have two officers with local roots serving in the Cumberland Police Department, a nationally accredited police department.

Once shy, crooner Cerbo making it big

January 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Call Tony Cerbo the very definition of enigma.
As a painfully shy teen, he abhorred being in the limelight and wasn't attracted to music, especially singing.
Nowadays, he revels in belting out tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble before sizable crowds at restaurants, clubs, weddings and receptions throughout southeastern New England.
In fact, back on Dec. 15, this self-described “self-made crooner” starred in his fourth annual “Home for Christmas Dinner Show” at the B. Pinelli's Restaurant ballroom in East Providence, and claimed he had “a blast” doing it.

THE WRITE STUFF - Lincoln native finishes screenplay

January 8, 2012

LINCOLN -- As always, Ron Truppa came home from Los Angeles a few days before Christmas to spend the holidays with his parents, Ron Sr. and Lori, and other family members.
This time, though, the 36-year-old Lincoln native and Hollywood film writer, producer and director returned to his old Bridle Drive abode with some thrilling news.

January 7th

PREMIUM SEATING

January 7, 2012

Red and black-headed turkey vultures took command of this Victorian home on Winter Street in Woonsocket recently. The photographer counted a total of 32 vultures perched on the house as well as in trees nearby.

Town to submit comprehensive plan to the state

January 7, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — A required five-year update of the town’s comprehensive plan with amendments approved by the Town Council on Dec. 14. is slated to be sent to the state for final approval.
Burrillville's 2005 comprehensive plan, a state-required, long-range policy document, expired in March 2010. Since then, the town has been working to update the plan, which is required every five years. The update includes new information, minor changes to policies over the past five years, as well as recommendations by the state, which conducted an informal review of the local plan last year.

RI seeks federal ed reform flexibility

January 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Education is looking for public comment on its effort to seek more flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind education reform act of 2001.
The issue will be discussed on Monday, Jan. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St., near Central High School.

January 6th

Trial of accused officer continued to Monday

January 6, 2012

PROVIDENCE – John Harwood, the attorney for the Lincoln police officer accused of kicking a seated, handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River casino on May 31, 2009, indicated in Superior Court on Friday he wanted to enlist the expertise of Dr. Frank Gallo as part of his client's defense.
Gallo, renowned statewide for his expertise on “use of force,” is an instructor for various law enforcement agencies around the region.

National Guard offers its building to city

January 6, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The Rhode Island Army National Guard is offering to turn over to the city a cavernous brick garage, situated on nearly an acre of land, for the nominal price of a buck.
After touring the site with representatives of the Guard Friday, Planning Director Paulette Miller said the city is leaning in favor of accepting the offer, but it wants to make sure the building on Avenue A is structurally sound first.
“It appears to be an appropriate acquisition,” said Miller. “But we’ll be making another pass through here with our engineers before we make a decision.”

January 5th

Mayors to governor: Help us!

January 6, 2012

PROVIDENCE — After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 “should be the year of the cities and towns.
“We can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,” the governor said. “We've got to address it.”

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