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August 6th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ When Amy Thibault was a fourth grader at Bernon Heights Elementary School, a hopscotch grid on the pavement was all that passed for outdoor recreational facilities.
Now her daughter is a third grader at Bernon Heights, and this is what they have: Zippo. You know, as in nothing.
â€śThey don't even have a hopscotch anymore,â€ť says the secretary for the Bernon Heights PTO. â€śThe children currently play on a blacktop and in a field adjacent to the parking lot.â€ť
All that could change if the PTO wins a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to build a new playground, says Thibault.
Bobby Miller, 12, Michelle Houle, 14, and Eric Dench, 13, all of Cumberland, enjoy a ride on the Cliffhanger on the opening night of Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday night. The fun continues all weekend with gates opening at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Rhode Island's smallest and poorest city cannot stand on its own and should be merged with a neighboring city, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said.
Chafee, an independent, made the comments during an interview Thursday on MSNBC. He said the "best solution" for Central Falls would be to merge with Pawtucket.
"I think Central Falls just cannot survive as a 1-square-mile city," Chafee told MSNBC.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was a long and painful struggle for Suzanne Potter, but in the end it was a battle she could not win.
With her husband and two sons at her side, the 46-year-old Bernon Heights woman died in Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday, 34 days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver from Pawtucket who, police say, was drunk.
Detective Cmdr. Edward J. Lee Jr. says the police will now lodge more serious charges against the driver, Peter Major.
Having already founded and sold Bullhorn, a company that develops employment software, 45-year-old Newport native Barry Hinckley says he is ready to start up a new enterprise: Barry Hinckley for U.S. Senate.
For the past few months, Hinckley â€” his full name is Benjamin Barrett Hinckley III â€” has been quietly putting together a Republican campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2012 election.
Itâ€™s universally true. When that time comes to saying goodbye to a parent or even a loyal pet, tears flow and emotions unravel. Many aging baby boomers, whether childless or empty nesters, have had pets who became their pampered â€śchildrenâ€ť or a closest faithful companion.
WOONSOCKET â€” A woman threw a bizarre temper tantrum in the Fairmount section Wednesday during which she allegedly tried to stab three children with a butcher knife, police say.
Brittany Lee Billington, 19, is now held in lieu of bail at the ACI on three counts of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, simple assault and resisting arrest.
WOONSOCKET â€” Representatives of Coventry Building Wrecking Co. say the city should have given them some consideration for helping clean up after the Alice Mill fire instead of lodging a â€śDig Safeâ€ť complaint against the company over a messy sewer break at another mill-site demolition last week.
Proprietor John Baccaire said CBW obtained valid clearances from Dig Safe for demolition at Seville Dyeing Company within a day or two of April 20.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The demolition company whose work at an old mill site was blamed for causing a major sewage spill into the Blackstone River last week did not have an active â€śDig Safeâ€ť clearance for the job, as required by state law, city officials say.
A notice alleging a violation by Coventry Building & Wrecking was sent to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Tuesday, said Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent.
WOONSOCKET â€” Despite the expectations of some local lawmakers, the General Assembly set aside barely enough money in the state budget to make a dent in an ambitious rehabilitation plan that's been mapped out for ailing World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Among other things, that means inner-city kids who had been expecting a â€śsplash parkâ€ť to replace now-drained Social Ocean as early as this season probably won't see one next summer, either, says Robert Paquette, chief of recreation for the state Department of Environmental Management.