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February 13th, 2011
BURRILLVILLE - He may be the most famous Rhode Island cartoonist and illustrator you've never heard of.
His popular cartoon characters, especially his beloved Itty Bitty Super Dupers, which appear in newspapers, on radio and television web sites, coloring books, calendars, public safety promotional literature, restaurant menus and place mats, and dozens of other outlets over the last 10 years, have entertained thousands of children.
CUMBERLAND - Four months after Cumberland School Supt. Donna A. Morelle announced she would not seek renewal of her contract when it expires on June 30, the School Committee is in the early stages of finding her replacement.
The committee has voted to draft a request for proposals (RFP) to hire a consulting firm to help the district in its search for a new school chief. At its meeting Thursday night, the committee approved a draft copy of the RFP, which means the district will advertise the bids next week.
A deadline for bids has been set for the first week of March.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Three Woonsocket men were sentenced in federal court yesterday in connection with an armed home invasion and drug rip-off that occurred here two years ago.
Julio Candelario, 30, and Robert Beauparlant Jr., 27, were both ordered to serve 15 years, while Pedro Cuadrado, 22, was sentenced to nine years and three months. U.S. District Judge William E. Smith also ordered all three men to remain on supervised release for five years after they complete their prison sentences.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Although it left unchanged the city's BBB- bond rating, Fitch Ratings yesterday upgraded the city's long-term fiscal outlook from negative to stable, a move officials hailed as another sign that the city's financial health is slowly but steadily improving.
Seven-year-old Taylor Yuszczak, a second grader at North Smithfield Elementary School, pulls her way to the finish line in the Heart Adventure Challenge, one of the many events held for students throughout the day Tuesday during the "Jump Rope for Hearts Challenge" -- an annual fundraiser for the Rhode Island Heart Association.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.
LINCOLN â€“ Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin Riverâ€™s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was â€ślooking forwardâ€ť to working with Taylor in the future â€śto make sure this facility stays viable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ After a three-day operation to clear dangerously heavy snow loads from the rooftops of public schools, classes are set to resume Tuesday for the first time since last Thursday â€“ weather permitting, of course.
WOONSOCKET â€” The winter of 2011 claimed a city landmark Sunday as heavy snow and ice brought down the function room roof at Vermetteâ€™s Restaurant at 1347 Diamond Hill Road.
The collapse of the roof into a room once home to local wedding receptions, collations and holiday parties left one wall bulging outward into the business' parking lot at Diamond Hill Road and Mendon Road and another canted inward. The city's building inspector subsequently ordered the function room taken down as a precaution against further collapse.
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office on Main St., Woonsocket.
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