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February 11th, 2012

Committee opposes contract continuation

February 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee's shift to a greater focus on cutting costs surfaced again this past week as the panel moved to oppose potential state legislation governing the negotiation of union employee contracts.
The panel voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution arguing against automatic continuation of contract provisions when an agreement expires, even as members of the committee commended teachers for their past efforts to reduce district employee costs.

KING JACE REVEALED

February 11, 2012

Former City Councilman William D. Schneck Jr. — King Jace — sits with his court: Mardi Gras Queen Jackie Boudreau, center, and princesses, Emily Forte, left, and Ainsley Morisseau, after being unveiled at the CYO Center Mardi Gras bash Saturday night. Schneck said it was "a lot of fun" to have played the local ruse since November, but also admitted wearing his costume was quite a challenge. As for the clues, Schneck told his audience he had once sold fish, albeit as a young salesman for Mrs. Paul's fish sticks, and liked to "swing" a golf club.

‘The timing is right for me’ —Bousquet retires from LPD

February 11, 2012

LINCOLN – After over two decades of patrolling the streets of the town's seven villages, managing the training of officers and acting as the Lincoln Police Department's public information officer, Capt. Raymond Bousquet III has chosen to retire.
Friday was his final day in an LPD uniform. He now will direct his energies toward a new career in the banking industry in Boston.
In vintage Bousquet fashion, he stated, “This is not a sudden decision. I'm moving on, and it's time. The timing is right for me and my family. That's it.”

NECAP results show promise

February 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE – State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist had words of both praise and caution on the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing on Friday.
Gist's praise included high marks for charter schools in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket and also a special nod to the students and staff of Central Falls High School for raising its four-year graduation rate by 17 points and Woonsocket High School for its improvement in reading.

February 9th

Locals cold on Landmark name change

February 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A few details of the changes in store for Landmark Medical Center if the sale of the hospital goes through have emerged from the state health department, including a name change that’s getting some lukewarm reviews from the locals.
Steward Health Care System of Boston would rename the Cass Avenue facility “Blackstone Medical Center.” Similarly, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, in North Smithfield, would become “Blackstone Rehabilitation Hospital.”

Spelling bee was a tableau of talent

February 9, 2012

LINCOLN — Little did Alexandra Fish know that when she accurately spelled the noun tableau, defined by Webster's Dictionary as “a striking, dramatic scene or picture,” she was living one herself.
That correct answer led the Lincoln Middle School eighth grader to the championship of the annual Lincoln School District Spelling Bee, held inside her home auditorium on Tuesday night.
Fish, who out-dueled fellow schoolmate and sixth-grader Alexandra Theroux, now will represent the district at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, to be held at this same site on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.

February 8th

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.

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