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June 20th, 2011
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 coupleâs family members and friends.
The Jacobâs 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. OâReilly 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.
OâReilly is the son of John and Mary OâReilly of Lord Fox Run. He is a senior at LaSalle Academy. Timâs 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 oneâs 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 Chafeeâs 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 Schoolâs Class of 2011.
Briere, Class Valedictorian, will join Jennifer Pierel, Class Salutatorian for 2011, in speaking at the schoolâs 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, âI think he was a logger in his past life.
âYou know, he just loves anything to do with trees,â she stated early Tuesday afternoon. âHe'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.