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June 21st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Amid the buzzing grind of power saws and wood chippers, two state lawmakers proclaimed the on-again, off-again makeover of neglected World War II Veterans Memorial State Park on â€“ is on again.
The work began with the thinning of the dense canopy of trees that clogs parts of the 13-acre park, said State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket). In the months ahead, she said, other contractors would be hired to build two basketball courts, a splash park and a baseball field to replace the existing tennis courts.
WOONSOCKET â€” An apparent accident at the former St. Francis House apartment building at 167 Blackstone St. claimed the life of a relative of the buildingâ€™s owner Tuesday afternoon.
Alan Fernandes, 49, of Woonsocket, stepped on a glass skylight in the floor of the buildingâ€™s attic and fell four flights down the open stairwell below to the buildingâ€™s basement, according to Woonsocket Police Lt. Eugene Jalette.
Fernandes, brother of the buildingâ€™s owner Gary Fernandes, was transported by city rescue personnel to Landmark Medical Center where he later died, according to Jalette.
CUMBERLAND â€” It was a class that endured bomb threats, evacuation drills, a school construction renovation project and the wrath of Hurricane Earl.
But through it all, the Class of 2011 stuck together through the good times and the bad. It was a class described by Senior Class President Ylva T. Duke as a group of graduates bound for certain success in their future endeavors.
WOONSOCKET â€” Paul and Lorraine Jacob lost just about everything they owned when a Feb. 4 fire swept through their 49 Hillsdale Street home.
It will be a long journey back for Jacob, a well-known local video and sound company owner and his wife, but the first steps have been taken on that path with the help of the coupleâ€™s family members and friends.
The Jacobâ€™s heavily-damaged home has been razed and work is now set to begin on putting a new home on its foundation.
LINCOLN â€” Troop 711 Albion Scouts Timothy W. Oâ€™Reilly and Nickolai K. Morin were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a High Court of Honor on May 28 at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
Oâ€™Reilly is the son of John and Mary Oâ€™Reilly of Lord Fox Run. He is a senior at LaSalle Academy. Timâ€™s scouting career started as a Bear Scout in 2001. He earned his Arrow of Light and became a Scout in 2004. He earned the rank of Life Scout in 2009.
Children rush onto the brand new Globe Park Elementary School playground following a ribbon-cutting ceremony there Saturday morning. The new facility welcomes all children, regardless of oneâ€™s individual abilities, and provides a higher level of inclusive play. The construction of the playground was a community-wide effort. The equipment was paid for in part through funds from the America Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
MILLVILLE - Special election voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide two Proposition 2-1/2 override ballot questions.
Polls at the Longfellow Municipal Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Question 1 on the ballots asks voters to allow for a $300,000 override for the purpose of funding the operational expenses of the general municipal government for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Question 2 asks voters to allow for a $100,000 override for the purpose of funding the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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.