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June 8th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is asking residents to conserve water as much as possible today because of the demand from firefighters at the scene of the Alice Mill fire on Fairmount Street. So much water has been diverted for the firefighting effort that pressure in outlying portions of the distribution network have been significantly affected, the mayor said. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for at least the rest of the Wednesday dousing hot spots.
WOONSOCKET â€” The rising column of black smoke over Fairmount Street Tuesday evening told a well known story for city residents. Another of the city's historic mills was burning.
The column of roiling smoke led to the old U.S. Rubber Co. plant at 85 Fairmount St., more recently known as Tech Industries, and flames were quickly destroying the four-story brick and wood structure.
The fire initially erupted out third and fourth-floor windows near one of the mill's two distinctive bell towers around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread across the affected floors.
WOONSOCKET â€” Steward Health Care System of Boston is moving full-speed ahead on its plans for acquiring Landmark Medical Center.
A week after a Superior Court judge approved the $76 million deal, Landmark and Steward announced yesterday that they have have signed an asset purchase agreement, a core component of the sale. The agreement would make Landmark a part of Steward, parent company of the Caritas Christi Health Care network.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” If you happen to be walking down Grange Road and hear a gentle humming, don't be alarmed. Its just the alpacas.
The Pasquariello family, owners of Mamalu Farm, have just welcomed the arrival of two alpacas to their newly formed alpaca farm on Grange Road.
The familyâ€™s primary goal is to raise, breed, and sell alpaca products. They are also interested in providing animal assisted therapy and donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their products to charity.
LINCOLN â€” If Republican plans to change Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher or â€śpremium supportâ€ť system are successful, â€śit will be harder and harder for seniors to get health insurance,â€ť Sen. Jack Reed told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Reed harkened back to the early 1960s, before the Medicare law was passed, telling the business group that, â€śwhen you would go to a friendâ€™s house and you would see at least one grandparent in the front room on a hospital bed, getting health care.â€ť That is what health care was like for senior citizens back then, he said.
WOONSOCKET â€” With a ceremony honoring their schoolâ€™s traditions and religious beliefs, 175 members of Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s Class of 2011 stepped forward to their futures at commencement exercises in Brother Adelard Arena Sunday.
The traditions of the day included the school presenting members of its Class of 1961 with honorary diplomas and the ceremonyâ€™s musical performances by Marc Blanchetteâ€™s senior band.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Kerstin Hudon is the valedictorian, and Thomas Brien Biernacki, the salutatorian, for the Burrillville High School Class of 2011, Principal Michael Whaley announced this week.
Hudon, who ranks first in her class of 196 seniors, finishes her four years at Burrillville High School with a grade point average of 4.42, receiving highest honors each semester.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Residents will get the opportunity this week to offer input on the proposed Fiscal 2012 $33.9 million town operating budget for next year.
The annual public hearing on the budget kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Dean Auditorium on Green Street.
The proposed $33,977,854 budget represents a $747,215 decrease over the current $33,230,639 budget. The spending plan includes a $20,914,816 school budget, up $155,121 over last year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city is ready to order a new fire truck from a South Dakota company to replace Engine No. 3 â€” a workhorse of the fire department that's about ready for retirement.
If the City Council approves, Crimson Fire will supply the Woonsocket Fire Department with a new engine at a cost of $263,981.
The city will pay for the vehicle in one fell swoop with proceeds from its $2 million federal Community Development Block Grant, an annual allotment which has been used for purchasing firefighting apparatus in the past.
BLACKSTONE â€“ As students, they made it through difficult economic times and the challenges of an unsettled and dangerous world.
Now the future looms for 104 members of Blackstone-Millville Regional High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2011, and the purple-and-gold-dressed graduates walking into the schoolâ€™s 41st commencement Friday evening were told to count on successes already achieved to make it a bright one.
High School Principal Richard Porter pointed to the eveningâ€™s perfect weather as making the ceremony a special one just as would the performances by a â€śfabulousâ€ť BMR band and chorus.