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January 25th, 2011

Bell theft takes toll on owner

January 25, 2011

BLACKSTONE — There was so much snow that Kevin Mahoney didn't notice the item missing from his driveway — at least not until he started to plow.
It was then that Mahoney realized the bell was gone — not just any bell, but a Hooper, a rare piece of 19th century metalsmithing forged into shape by a protege of Paul Revere.
Weighing around 700 pounds, the bronze bell had been severed from a secured length of heavy-duty, steel chain, perhaps with a pair of bolt cutters, around Dec. 16, says Mahoney, of 239 Elm St.

January 24th

Big voice in a little package

January 24, 2011

LINCOLN — Brian McKinnon readily admits it's a strange way to discover a child's talent for vocals, but that's just what happened in the family's bathroom one night back in January 2003.
He decided to give his then-two-year-old daughter, Alexis Clare, a bath one night, and – as always – he turned on the radio to amuse her, maybe keep her mind off soap in her eyes.

January 23rd

Baby, it's cold outside!

January 23, 2011

Luis Cruz, of Woonsocket, who’s all bundled up against the frigid cold Saturday morning, can see his own breath as he waits for the bus on Main Street to take him to a friend’s house in Pawtucket. The forecast doesn’t get any better, with more frigid air expected Sunday and Monday, with daytime temperatures only reaching the upper teens.

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:

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