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February 3rd, 2012

Hainesworth, nominated by Obama, hopes to be state’s newest marshal

February 3, 2012

GLOCESTER – President Barack Obama has nominated former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainesworth to be Rhode Island's new U.S. marshal, the White House has announced.
Hainesworth currently serves as the law enforcement liaison and victim advocate for the Rhode Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving after some three decades in police work.
“It’s a great choice,” said State Sen. Paul Fogarty (D-Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield). “He’s a man of incredible honesty and integrity, he’s a great law enforcement guy, and he’ll do the state and Glocester proud.”

February 2nd

Kids decide to go green at lunchtime

February 2, 2012

LINCOLN — Central Elementary School fourth-grader Maggie Cabana didn't want to let down her fellow students, so she decided to prepare her Wednesday lunch the night before.
“I made it at about 7:30 (p.m.); I made my peanut butter crackers, strawberries and an orange with the peel taken off, then put them all in plastic containers,” she admitted. “I did it so I wouldn't forget anything. I was scared that I'd put it into plastic bags. I didn't want to forget that's against the rules (for this lunch).”

February 1st

City has budget hopes for park

February 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Gov. Chafee’s proposed $7.9 billion state budget includes a plum the city’s been grasping at for years — $2.6 million to restore long-neglected World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said the funds were included in the spending package Chafee proposes for the state Department of Environmental Management after an intense lobbying campaign by city officials.

Domestic assault case leads to drug cache

February 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET – There was a bonus for the police at the end of a trail that led to a man wanted for domestic assault. Just as officers closed in on Steve E. Beaulieu, another man was tossing a backpack containing $1,450 worth of cocaine and marijuana out the window, police said.
The episode unfolded in Apt. No. 3 at 174 Robinson St. Tuesday, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette, the police spokesman.

January 31st

Woonsocket, Central Falls YWCA to merge

January 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET — YWCA Northern Rhode Island, located at 514 Blackstone St., will merge with the faltering Central Falls-based YWCA of Greater Rhode Island in a deal expected to be finalized by March 1.
“This is not a hostile take-over,” said Deborah Perry, president and CEO of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. “We’re both in favor,” and the news is in the ambitious plans she has for the new YWCA Rhode Island.

Ex-RI Gov. Garrahy eulogized at funeral Mass

January 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Joseph Garrahy has been remembered as a man who lived humbly and set an example for others.
The Rev. Marcel Taillon remembered Garrahy at a funeral Mass on Tuesday morning as a man of faith who rose from humble beginnings.
Taillon, the pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Narragansett, delivered the homily at a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.
Garrahy died last week at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81.

January 30th

Burrillville house on National Registry

January 30, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — The Esten-Bowen House on Iron Mine Hill Road has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the state’s preservation authority announced.
Build around 1790, “the Esten-Bowen house represents Burrillville’s development from a period of agricultural growth and expansion from the end of the 18th century through gradual decline and subsequent transition to exurban residential uses in the early 20th century,” said Edward F. Sanderson, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

January 29th

Elks are a force for good in the community

January 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Maurice E. Berube has spent the better part of 11 years trying to promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But it wasn't until last month, when he found himself the recipient of a simple act of kindness by an 11-year-old city girl, that he really understood what it meant to be an Elk.
Berube, Grand Exalted Ruler of Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, says it happened in December when he was helping deliver 227 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.

January 28th

Dutilly newest addition to Harrisville Fire District

January 28, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Michael J. Dutilly is the newest full-time firefighter to join the Harrisville Fire District, bringing to the department 11 years of fire service and emergency medical services experience, Fire Chief Mark A. St. Pierre announced this week.
Dutilly, who came on board several months ago, was formally inducted at a ceremony earlier this month.
At the age of 15, Dutilly joined the Harrisville Hose Company as a junior member in 2000. In 2003, he joined the ranks as a senior member.

Getting extra in your refund checks needn’t be so taxing

January 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Tax time has arrived and with it the potential for local families to bring in a little extra in their refund checks.
That was the message federal, state and local officials, and their community partners, put out Friday during the kickoff of the Rhode Island Community Action Association's (RICAA) annual effort to provide free tax preparation services to working Rhode Islanders at the Museum of Work and Culture.

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