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September 7th, 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Tea Party Express rolled into Rhode Island Wednesday on two big buses as part of its nationwide â€śReclaiming Americaâ€ť tour.
TPX, as it fashions itself, is a traveling show of conservative politics, leavened with music and comedy, all wrapped up in patriotic Americana. It embarked from Napa, California and has made its way across the midsection of the country â€” â€śwhat the media calls flyover countryâ€ť as one speaker put it â€” to New England and is now southbound for Tampa, Fla., where it is partnering with CNN to sponsor a debate among Republican presidential candidates.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When former Mayor Susan D. Menard announced her intention to run for her old job again recently, she pledged to waive the $80,000 a year salary that comes with the position and live on her state pension.
Given the city's dire financial straits, it sounds like the civic-minded thing to do, particularly since the ex-mayor's state pension is some 33 percent less than the salary that comes with the job.
WOONSOCKET â€” A city resident has been ordered held on federal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a large-scale heroin-trafficking operation.
Andres Jiminez, 37, of 121 Linden Ave., made an initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Providence, after investigators seized more than seven kilos of heroin, a kilo of cocaine and $30,000 in cash from a commercial storage facility in Pawtucket over the weekend.
WOONSOCKET â€” For most people, Labor Day is a last call for summer, a chance for one more family cookout or that final great day at the beach.
But at the cityâ€™s Museum of Work And Culture, the holiday was another chance to remember a difficult period of local history, a national textile workerâ€™s strike that came to town in early September 1934 and claimed the lives of two city men in the process.
As part of its Labor Day Open House 2011 program, the Museum staged two performances of Raymond H. Baconâ€™s short play about the strike and its local aftermath.
BURRILLVILLE â€” School in Burrillville will be open for all grade levels this Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Preschool students will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. But they should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
Kindergarteners will follow the same schedule on Sept. 6 as was scheduled for Aug. 31. Thye, too, should not ride the bus on Sept. 6.
The following is the schedule of open houses/orientations:
*Pre-school - Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m.
*Kindergarten - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.
*Grade 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6- 8 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The old mill buildings of Seville Dye and the U.S. Rubber Co. (Alice Mill) along the Blackstone River on Fairmount Street were destroyed by fires and their ruins razed over the summer by a wrecking ball.
But what happens now to the more than dozen of acres of industrial land at the two sites could play a major role in the cityâ€™s economic recovery.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a city man in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred this summer.
Abdoulie Njie, 34, of 62 South St., is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of witness intimidation, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office.
The crimes took place between July 10 and July 25, the indictment says.
MILLVILLE â€” It was a moment that Millville's senior citizens had been waiting years for. The town's brand new Senior Center opened in June of 2007 and, for the first time, there was a bigger, more modern space where they could get their blood pressure checked, participate in a knitting groups or exercise classes or get information about Social Security benefits.
Now, that same building is slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts and a decision by voters in June to reject two Proposition 2Â˝ override ballot questions.
BURRILLVILLE - A veteran cop with the Burrillville Police Department, who received the state's highest honor for lifesaving last year, was feted by the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery at a Mass. Statehouse ceremony earlier this month as a 2010-2011 Heroes Among Us recipient.
Last year, Lt. Dennis C. Leahey was one of six Rhode Islanders honored for their lifesaving heroics during a ceremony at the statehouse. Then-Gov. Donald Carcieri and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis presented each hero with the state's 2010 State Lifesaving Medal, which are awarded every year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For Neftali Melendez, Wednesday started with a bang, but it went downhill from there.
Melendez was startled awake about an hour before dawn by the sound of an explosive device blowing apart the door of his first-floor apartment at 196-202 Fourth Ave., police said.
Melendez, 25, now held at the ACI on drug charges, had been the target of an undercover narcotics operation for weeks, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.