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September 8th, 2011
LINCOLN â When the town's six public schools opened Tuesday morning, they did so with teachers and administrators ready to tackle several initiatives the Lincoln School Administration team either adopted new this year or will continue to address.
In fact, some initiatives also have been adopted by the Cumberland and Woonsocket public school districts. Those three municipalities have formed a consortium to institute what's known as the Charles A. Dana Center Project, one based at the University of Texas at Austin.
WOONSOCKET â The man who allegedly fired a gun at two people in a car, causing the summer's most dramatic bit of mayhem in the process, surrendered Wednesday morning after a weeks-long game of cat-and-mouse with the police.
Justin Menard, 25, whose last known address was on Fifth Avenue, had been on the lam since the July 14 incident on Robinson Street.
One of multiple rounds Menard allegedly fired passed through the windshield of the other vehicle and struck the driver, who crashed through a nearby house in attempts to escape the fusillade.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The Tea Party Express rolled into Rhode Island Wednesday on two big buses as part of its nationwide âReclaiming Americaâ 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 âwhat the media calls flyover countryâ 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 cityâs Museum of Work And Culture, the holiday was another chance to remember a difficult period of local history, a national textile workerâs 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. Baconâs 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 cityâs 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 2Â½ override ballot questions.