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November 9th, 2010
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The School Department is weighing its options for handling a local teacher and coach who has been charged by State Police with allegedly texting inappropriate messages to minors.
Stephen DeMeo, 30, a social studies teacher at North Smithfield High School and coach of the schoolâ€™s girls soccer team, was arraigned at Kent County Courthouse on Monday on two felony charges, indecent solicitation of children and possession of child pornography, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
LINCOLN â€” One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where â€” at age 14 â€” he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night â€” March 1, 1974 â€” and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.
BURRILLVILLE - Therapy pets are increasingly being recognized for bringing about amazing results in the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive well-being of numerous individuals.
These amazing pets, who are characteristically responsive to people, have a unique capacity to help individuals battle depression, lower blood pressure, work toward increased mobility, experience linguistic gains, and even spark lost memories.
WOONSOCKET â€“ You might say they don't build 'em like this anymore, but the truth is, they hardly ever built 'em like this, especially in the throes of the Great Depression.
With its cavernous marble lobby and skylit mezzanine, the Rhode Island Hospital Trust building is a downtown landmark that evokes a time, difficult to imagine now, when Woonsocket was a hub of commerce and wealth.
And now, it can all be yours for a mere $625,000.
WOONSOCKET â€” City officials released an accounting report this week that says the Woonsocket Education Department is capable of erasing a projected $1.5 million deficit without touching sports, music or academic programs, but Schools Supt. Robert Gerardi isn't so sure.
â€śTo me nothing is clear at this point,â€ť said the superintendent. â€śIt's a good job by the auditors, but it might be overly optimistic.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
â€śRoger Williams would be proud,â€ť Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton won re-election easily Tuesday night and thanks to local voters, will also keep her job.
A ballot question that would have changed Hamiltonâ€™s elected administratorâ€™s post to a Town Council-appointed town manager was soundly defeated by local voters turning out at the polls, 2,980 opposed to 1,507 in favor.
The administrator proposal, Question 5, was most significant of a list of eight charter questions placed on the ballot. The remaining items covered largely technical and wording changes for the charter.
Police in Blackstone and Millville have finished their investigation into allegations that special needs children were physically abused by a teacher and an aide employed by the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.
The findings in the case have been turned over to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, which is to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges, said Tim Connolly, spokesman for District Attorney Joseph Early.
â€śNo decision has been made at this point,â€ť Connolly said Thursday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Town officials are scrambling to get the word out that if voters Tuesday approve local ballot question number five â€” whether or not the current elected town administrator should be changed to an appointed town manager â€” then the effective date of that change would be Dec. 1, 2012.
Due to what town officials are calling an oversight, the town manager versus town administrator question was submitted to the Secretary of State's office without listing an effective date. Therefore, there is no effective date listed on the ballot voters will see at the polls on Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE â€” As soon as Rep. Patrick Kennedy announced he would not seek re-election in the 1st Congressional District back in February, it was clear the race to succeed him would be one of the marquee races this year.
Sure enough, four Democrats battled in a primary to win that partyâ€™s nomination and Providence Mayor David Cicilline bested a field that included former Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch, state Rep. David Segal and Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma. Lynch, Segal and Gemma have now endorsed Cicilline.