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January 23rd, 2011

Councils push for the acceleration of funding

January 23, 2011

Both the Cumberland and North Smithfield town councils this week unanimously approved resolutions urging Governor Lincoln Chafee and the General Assembly to pass legislation that will accelerate the allocation of the proposed phase-in of state school funding dollars.
The resolution, drafted and endorsed by the Rhode Island Coalition of Municipal Leaders, is making the rounds throughout the state over the next two weeks in an attempt to garner support from town and city councils.

January 22nd

New municipal court providing revenue, expediency

January 22, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town's new municipal court has been up and running since September and, so far, it's doing everything town officials had hoped it would, including reaping new revenue and accelerating the legal process for disposition of violations.
In a second quarterly report released this week by court administrator and police Capt. Thomas R. Lafleur, more than $17,000 in revenue was generated by the court, with a net revenue amount for the town standing at nearly $10,000.

STORYTELLERS

January 22, 2011

Abigail Jefferson, center, tells the story of John the Rabbit and his quest at pulling a giant tomato out of the vine, during Thursday night’s annual Funda Fest, a celebration of black storytelling presented by the R.I. Black Storytellers at the YWCA of Northern R.I. Jefferson was assisted by junior storytellers from the audience, from left, Sunny Dion, 3; Salem Audette, 9; Naimah Dunstan, 6 and Nashona Huntley, 8. Close to 100 children and their parents attended.

January 20th

Lincoln, Cumberland churches may merge

January 20, 2011

LINCOLN — Even now, the portable rental marquee sign sitting in the snow outside the Christ Church Parish House reads, in part, “Christmas joy continues.”
“We haven't been able to change it because of the weather, the way it's been,” chuckled Rev. Scott Gunn, the Episcopal church's rector for over three years now.
Fact is, neither Gunn nor his parishioners have had much to celebrate lately. Due to serious financial hardships, he has asked his congregation to vote on Jan 30 to accept a merger with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland Hill.

January 18th

Car crash kills city men

January 18, 2011

DOUGLAS, Mass. — Two Woonsocket men were killed when their car crashed broadside into an oncoming tractor trailer on Route 16 about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the town's police department said.
The victims were identified as Marco Vargos, 40, and his passenger, Hugo Leonel Garcia-Deleon, 27, both of 108 Morin Heights Blvd.

January 16th

Celebrating the life of a King

January 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.

MSC's Rodrigues wins essay contest on importance of music education

January 16, 2011

Kristen Rodrigues, a student at Mount St. Charles Academy, in Woonsocket, has been selected as the winner of an essay contest about the importance of music education. The contest was the mutual brainchild of Rick’s Musical Instruments owner Rick Verfaille and Sue Tessier-McKenzie, advertising representative for The Call. It was conceived to counter the growing inclination of cash-strapped school districts sacrificing music programs in order to balance their budgets. Students from seven Rhode Island schools submitted essays last month for the contest.

Here is Rodrigues’ winning essay:

January 15th

Location remains last hurdle for North Smithfield food pantry

January 15, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Everything for a first-ever food pantry in town seems to be in place. There are plenty of volunteers willing to donate their time to man the pantry and the town has already started receiving funds from well-wishers to purchase food to get it started.
The only thing missing is an actual space to house the pantry.
The idea for a town food pantry began to gel last year when Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton assembled a group of local church and civic leaders to address the number of growing calls to her office from residents seeking a local food bank.

January 14th

Harnois wins new car on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

January 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET - It's metallic black, and rides like a dream.
That's how North Smithfield resident Tracy Harnois described her brand spankin' new 2011 Buick Regal Turbo, which was presented to her Friday afternoon by General Motors and Paul Masse Buick-GMC-Cadillac as a gift courtesy of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, an hour-long, five-day-a-week, talk/variety show.

January 13th

Gov. Chafee won’t do talk radio, calls it profit-driven

January 13, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is freezing out talk radio shows from his new administration, saying he and state workers who report to him will no longer appear on them because they're profit-driven enterprises that are more entertainment than news and a diversion from state business.

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