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August 6th, 2011

School Committee to discuss police safety grant

August 6, 2011

CUMBERLAND - The School Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the designation of funds to match a federal COPS Secure Our Schools grant.
The Cumerland Police Department was awarded an $82,111 SOS grant in September, to be used for enhancing school safety practices including funding programs and continuation of existing programs that help prevent school violence.
The grant award period is from September 2010 through August 31, 2012.

Bernon Heights Elementary looks to build a playground of their own

August 6, 2011

WOONSOCKET – When Amy Thibault was a fourth grader at Bernon Heights Elementary School, a hopscotch grid on the pavement was all that passed for outdoor recreational facilities.
Now her daughter is a third grader at Bernon Heights, and this is what they have: Zippo. You know, as in nothing.
“They don't even have a hopscotch anymore,” says the secretary for the Bernon Heights PTO. “The children currently play on a blacktop and in a field adjacent to the parking lot.”
All that could change if the PTO wins a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to build a new playground, says Thibault.

August 5th

Cumberland 'Fest-ivities

August 5, 2011

Bobby Miller, 12, Michelle Houle, 14, and Eric Dench, 13, all of Cumberland, enjoy a ride on the Cliffhanger on the opening night of Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday night. The fun continues all weekend with gates opening at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Chafee: Central Falls should merge with a neighbor

August 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island's smallest and poorest city cannot stand on its own and should be merged with a neighboring city, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said.
Chafee, an independent, made the comments during an interview Thursday on MSNBC. He said the "best solution" for Central Falls would be to merge with Pawtucket.
"I think Central Falls just cannot survive as a 1-square-mile city," Chafee told MSNBC.

Woman loses fight for her life following hit-and-run

August 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET – It was a long and painful struggle for Suzanne Potter, but in the end it was a battle she could not win.
With her husband and two sons at her side, the 46-year-old Bernon Heights woman died in Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday, 34 days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver from Pawtucket who, police say, was drunk.
Detective Cmdr. Edward J. Lee Jr. says the police will now lodge more serious charges against the driver, Peter Major.

August 4th

Newport entrepreneur looks to unseat Whitehouse

August 4, 2011

Having already founded and sold Bullhorn, a company that develops employment software, 45-year-old Newport native Barry Hinckley says he is ready to start up a new enterprise: Barry Hinckley for U.S. Senate.
For the past few months, Hinckley — his full name is Benjamin Barrett Hinckley III — has been quietly putting together a Republican campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2012 election.

Coping with the loss of a pet

August 4, 2011

It’s universally true. When that time comes to saying goodbye to a parent or even a loyal pet, tears flow and emotions unravel. Many aging baby boomers, whether childless or empty nesters, have had pets who became their pampered “children” or a closest faithful companion.

Cops: Woman tries to stab kids with butcher knife

August 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A woman threw a bizarre temper tantrum in the Fairmount section Wednesday during which she allegedly tried to stab three children with a butcher knife, police say.
Brittany Lee Billington, 19, is now held in lieu of bail at the ACI on three counts of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, simple assault and resisting arrest.

Owner bitter over Dig Safe complaint

August 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Representatives of Coventry Building Wrecking Co. say the city should have given them some consideration for helping clean up after the Alice Mill fire instead of lodging a “Dig Safe” complaint against the company over a messy sewer break at another mill-site demolition last week.
Proprietor John Baccaire said CBW obtained valid clearances from Dig Safe for demolition at Seville Dyeing Company within a day or two of April 20.

August 3rd

Company that caused sewage spill in violation

August 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The demolition company whose work at an old mill site was blamed for causing a major sewage spill into the Blackstone River last week did not have an active “Dig Safe” clearance for the job, as required by state law, city officials say.
A notice alleging a violation by Coventry Building & Wrecking was sent to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Tuesday, said Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent.

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