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July 20th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” From humble beginnings nearly a century ago, through good times and bad, the Rhode Island Foundation has grown its endowment to a whopping $565 million.
But the state's leading philanthropic organization knows that no matter how much it grows the pot, it's never going to be big enough.
â€śThere are always more good ideas than we can fund,â€ť says Owen Heleen, RIF's vice president for grant programs. â€śThat's why we're always challenged to support more and more of the good ideas that come our way.â€ť
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton is calling for a change to the town charter that would give the town administrator veto power over the budget, a move she says will provide a better system of checks and balances.
WOONSOCKET â€“ With an eye on the fiscal pain already felt by city employees, members of the City Council on Monday adopted a ten-percent roll back in pay the council and school committee members receive for their city service.
The move approved by a 4-1 council vote with City Councilwoman Suzanne J. Vadenais opposed was a compromise from the 20-percent pay cut Councilman Daniel Gendron had initially proposed for the two panels. City Councilmen Christopher Beauchamp and Roger Jalette were not in attendance.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with a shooting that left a Sayles Street man seriously injured Friday night.
The victim was identified Monday as Neil Coppinger, 24. He was still a patient at Rhode Island Hospital yesterday, where he was admitted in critical but stable condition, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
Coppinger was outside his home on the dead-end alongside the Blackstone River when he was shot in the upper torso. Police found Coppinger on the ground bleeding about 11 p.m., shortly after the shooting was reported.
WOONSOCKET â€” Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket and existing historic districts in Cumberland, North Smithfield and two Massachusetts communities is the National Park Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept.
In a long-awaited report released yesterday, the park service says the continuation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as it currently exists is still one of three options under consideration.
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WOONSOCKET -- Justin A. Bache, a 2006 graduate of Woonsocket High, returned home from four years of duty for his country in the U.S. Army on July 12. He was greeted by his mother, Pastor Rebecca Lambert, and his father, James Lambert.
Siblings Samantha and James also were on hand to greet Justin, who will continue to serve his country as an active reservist stationed out of Greenwich. He is also planning on further his education at Johnson & Wales University.
Justin served 18 months in Afghanistan as a combat infantryman.
WOONSOCKET â€” They have worked in city fire stations for over 30 years and Woonsocket Fire Department Deputy Chiefs Thomas F. Williams and Marcel M. Bacon know their careers involved much more than showing up at a job each day.
Doing the job of a firefighter or rescue EMT requires frequent training, good leadership and most of all team work.
It also helps to have a bit of luck or Divine intervention on your side when the tough spots come along.
BELLINGHAM - The St. Blaise Catholic Church has a lot to celebrate. Fifty years, to be exact.
Fifty years of baptisms and funerals, weddings and ordinations, first communions and confirmations. But most of all, 50 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.
Now, parishioners of St. Blaise Church are busy getting ready and making final preparations to mark the occasion of the church's Golden Jubilee in 2012.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A quick response by city firefighters to an early morning fire Saturday may well have saved a Main Street landmark.
A passerby reported smoke coming from the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust building at 162 Main St. at around 3:16 a.m. and got a full response from city fire stations, Deputy Chief Thomas F. Williams reported Saturday.
The ornately-designed bank building located across the street from the cityâ€™s historic Harris Hall municipal offices was once the state Registry of Motor Vehicles headquarters in the city but has been vacant and up for sale for several years.