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June 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s much-ballyhooed and extensively reviled sales tax proposal was largely discarded by legislative leaders in their $7.7 billion state budget plan for next year, which passed the House Finance Committee on a voice vote Friday evening.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A local woman died Friday morning after she and another woman were struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk along Mendon Road.
Kathleen Carpenter, 54, a married mother of two children, sustained fatal injuries in the accident and Judy Waterman, 53, also of Cumberland, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Cumberland Police Chief John R. Desmarais said the two women were out walking together at 6:30 a.m. as part of their regular morning routine when they were struck by a 1995 Buick sedan operated by Casey Rondeau, 26, of Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Just as adversity is said to produce great art, great students, too, can emerge from the most challenging academic circumstances.
And so it is with Woonsocket High School's class of 2011.
Despite facing some of the toughest graduation requirements with fewer resources than ever â€“ or perhaps because of it â€“ this year's crop of graduates is especially fine-tuned for the challenges of the future.
WOONSOCKET â€” Julie Briere had an experience early in her life that is now directing what she will do next as the top student of Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2011.
Briere, Class Valedictorian, will join Jennifer Pierel, Class Salutatorian for 2011, in speaking at the schoolâ€™s graduation ceremonies Friday afternoon at Barry Field, weather permitting.
Although planning to talk about her experiences as a student at the high school, Briere said this week it was her parents, Linda and Brian Briere, and her brother, Jared, 11, who played the biggest roles in her scholarly success.
LINCOLN â€” As Max, an orphaned pit bull, used his teeth to rip bark from a tree just outside the Wellington Road shelter, Animal Control Officer Louann Noreau laughed, then uttered, â€śI think he was a logger in his past life.
â€śYou know, he just loves anything to do with trees,â€ť she stated early Tuesday afternoon. â€śHe'll climb them, swing from tree branches. If there's a tire swing around, he'll jump through the tire and swing his legs to gain momentum. He's just like a little boy.
WOONSOCKET â€” The city was proclaimed a safer place to live yesterday as state, local and federal law enforcement authorities announced the results of a two-year probe of gun violence and drugs prompted, in part, by the 2008 shooting death of teenager Brandon Smith.
Operating undercover, members of an interagency task force purchased 37 firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle and four weapons stolen in home burglaries during the course of the investigation. They also arrested 18 people, most on federal charges, and seized a smorgasbord of narcotics, from crack cocaine to LSD.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city wants to recoup some of the costs it incurred for extinguishing the Alice Mill fire last week from the company that insures the mammoth mill site.
The known costs thus far include $38,660 in overtime, most for the Woonsocket Fire Department, but nearly $7,000 for police, said Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
A full inventory of expenses, including possible overtime logged by workers in the water department, should be finished within a couple of days.
CUMBERLAND â€“ One of three suspects arrested in a violent home invasion and weapons theft on Feb. 23 has been indicted on a string of charges by a Providence County grand jury.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Calling it an important next step toward potential regionalization, the Town Council has signed the second part of a four-town intermunicipal agreement that will see Burrillville, North Smithfield, Smithfield and Glocester sharing equipment and personnel in an effort to help those communities reduce costs.
PROVIDENCE â€” Christopher Callaci never met a necktie he didn't like. He just doesn't like wearing them.
The lawyer for the union that represents nurses and other health care workers at Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center keeps his ample collection draped over the door of his office, located in a onetime funeral parlor in this city's gritty North End.
With a sliver of crew-neck T-shirt showing through his unbuttoned dress collar, Callaci seems too big for this cluttered workspace, awash in helter-skelter piles of bulging, oxford-brown legal dossiers and loose papers in search of a clip.