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June 8th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â A tough year ended on a jubilant note as Woonsocket High Schoolâs class of 2012 strode off into the great unknown with words of encouragement and sage advice Friday.
After a ceremony spiced with student performances of pop music, 309 seniors picked up diplomas in the gymnasium, where hundreds of spectators gathered, clutching balloons and sounding the occasional noisemaker.
âBe the best version of yourself possibleâ was Valedictorian Justyna Pietrusâs parting advice to her classmates. âNo matter what your version of success is work until you get there.â
WOONSOCKET â Acting on orders from City Hall, the police began dispersing a group of homeless men living in tents alongside the Blackstone River this week.
Human Resources Director Matt Wojcik said the city would have continued to tolerate the camp were it not for repeated complaints of disruptive behavior and violence. The police have one report on file of a fight on May 28 involving two men armed with bats and knives.
WOONSOCKET â As the newly seated Budget Commission begins eyeing possible cuts in personnel, Police Chief Tom Carey says he intends to lobby members to let the manpower cap on the Woonsocket Police Department phase out as scheduled at the end of the month.
The result of collective bargaining between the city and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, the cap went into effect on Dec. 30, 2011, restricting manpower to 93 officers, eight fewer than the unionâs contract normally allows.
CUMBERLAND â The town's Monastery property will be on display with all its history when the sixth Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Festival is held there this weekend. More than 50 artists and crafters will be setting up booths near the Cumberland Senior Center building at the Monastery on Saturday for what organizers are hoping will be a nice day outdoors for the festival's visitors.
Lee Drury, Senior Center Director, said the festival is something the event's sponsors have been trying to grow each year as a rival to other popular arts and crafts events later in the season.
WOONSOCKET â If thereâs a breath of life left in a House bill that would allow the city to levy a 13 percent supplemental tax bill, the Budget Commission intends to find out.
During its second meeting in Harris Hall Tuesday, the five-member, state-appointed panel now handling the cityâs finances unanimously passed a resolution urging the House to pass the legislation immediately.
WOONSOCKET â The city woman who abandoned another in a snowbank after a 2011 hit-and-run somehow persuaded the victim to write a letter to the court requesting leniency.
She didnât get it.
Rejecting the recommendations of prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel Tuesday sentenced Besty J. Feliciano, 33, to 10 years in prison, with one to serve and two years home confinement. The balance of the sentenced was suspended, with probation.
WOONSOCKET â He was an honor student and the valedictorian of his high school class. He served in the military as a member of the famed 101st Airborne Division. He became a church deacon and an advocate for the poor.
But on a cold February night in 1994, Donald Graham was on a road to ruinous violence that would leave another man dead and his own life in shambles.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared Monday that âthis is a new day at EDC,â because the RI Economic Development Corp. will start being more cautious about the way it doles out taxpayersâ money.
âWeâve been scorched; weâve been burned, as it stands now,â Chafee acknowledged. âRhode Islanders should know I am conservative by nature with every dollar and I always have been, as a mayor, as a (U.S.) senator, as a governor. There is going to be a full analysis before any investment is made.â
WOONSOCKET â A runner turning onto Mount St. Charles Avenue encounters a hill that only gets steeper, more challenging the farther the runner travels up it. It is only when the runner crests the top near Mount St. Charles Academy that the reward, a wide-ranging view of the land around the school, can be claimed.
A similar challenge faced the 196 members of the Class of 2012 graduating from Mount on Sunday when they began their studies at the private high school operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
Roger Lapierre, left, president of Li'l General Stores, welcomes Noor Memon, Roshan Baral and Ruksana Surti, from left, as owners of the new Li'l General Store, located at 259 Front St. in Lincoln during a Grand Opening celebration Thursday. Memon and Surti are co-owners of the building and Baral is leasing the store franchise. The hours of