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December 31st, 1969
February 9th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” A few details of the changes in store for Landmark Medical Center if the sale of the hospital goes through have emerged from the state health department, including a name change thatâ€™s getting some lukewarm reviews from the locals.
Steward Health Care System of Boston would rename the Cass Avenue facility â€śBlackstone Medical Center.â€ť Similarly, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, in North Smithfield, would become â€śBlackstone Rehabilitation Hospital.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Little did Alexandra Fish know that when she accurately spelled the noun tableau, defined by Webster's Dictionary as â€śa striking, dramatic scene or picture,â€ť she was living one herself.
That correct answer led the Lincoln Middle School eighth grader to the championship of the annual Lincoln School District Spelling Bee, held inside her home auditorium on Tuesday night.
Fish, who out-dueled fellow schoolmate and sixth-grader Alexandra Theroux, now will represent the district at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, to be held at this same site on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.
WOONSOCKET â€” Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâ€™s the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâ€™s monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â€” It's time for â€śPhys Edâ€ť but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.
WOONSOCKET â€” Some say thereâ€™s just no room for analytic cubism in local government, but donâ€™t tell the kids at Beacon Charter School for the Arts.
Their abstract works of art, along with more traditional landscapes and self-portraits, have turned the corridors of City Hall into gallery space.
The latest joint venture between the cityâ€™s growing arts crowd and Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâ€™s administration is designed to showcase the work of student artists from Beacon and give everyday folks who pass through City Hall an opportunity to sample the exceptional expertise of these emerging artists.
WOONSOCKET â€” Bullied at school, erroneously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with a correspondingly wrongheaded cocktail of prescription drugs, Adam Brunetti arrived at a harrowing crossroads by the time he was in the sixth grade at Woonsocket Middle School in 2006.
No wonder he doesnâ€™t remember much of it.
â€śI pretty much blacked the whole thing out,â€ť he says matter-of-factly.
When Michael S. Krzywonos used to attend Sunday Mass at the former St. Cecilia's Church in Pawtucket he'd see the same friendly faces sitting in the same pews every week. Other than exchanging passing greetings and a few pleasantries at the end of Mass, it eventually dawned on Krzywonos that he really didn't know who his fellow parishioners were.
"For the longest time they were just faces without names," he says.
December 31st, 1969