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January 4th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” A few years ago, when Robert Bouchard first noticed the bulky birds landing in the boughs of his pine trees or perched on the cupola of his North End carriage house, he wasn't particularly alarmed.
With their featherless red heads and impressive wingspans, the turkey vultures were a wildlife oddball, something he'd never seen before around here. There were only a few of them, and they never stuck around long enough to become any sort of nuisance.
PROVIDENCE â€” Disgruntled with state government? Well, a new one takes over today.
Lincoln Chafee will take the oath of office as Rhode Islandâ€™s 74th governor, and the first since colonial times elected as an Independent, at noon on the south steps of the Statehouse.
Chafee is the 58th governor if you count from after a new constitution was adopted after the Dorr Rebellion in 1842.
WOONSOCKET â€” Keeping a campaign promise to do so before the end of 2010, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine last week seated an advisory board to evaluate the costly and controversial options for building a new water treatment plant.
A public interest advocacy group, the Woonsocket Taxpayers Coalition, has been openly urging the mayor to create such a panel. The group, headed by Steve Lima, who challenged Fontaine in the 2009 election for mayor, has questioned Fontaineâ€™s support for a plan that calls for buying water from Pawtucket, at least for a time, to satisfy all of the local needs.
LINCOLN â€” Futurists and the soothsayers of health care predict advances in medical science will one day make people like her much more common. But for now, the ranks of people walking the planet like Edna Mae Boudreau are decidedly rare.
She is extraordinarily old.
And sheâ€™s marking another milestone today. She turns 108.
â€śItâ€™s absolutely amazing,â€ť says her son, Gerard â€śBudâ€ť Boudreau of North Smithfield. â€śI never thought Iâ€™d meet anyone who was 108 years old, let alone my own mother. And to be able to communicate with her and have her be so sharp, well, itâ€™s just amazing.â€ť
December 31st, 2010
CUMBERLAND â€“ Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.
The Burrillville Police Department announced the retirement of Prosecution Officer Maurice Nault after 25 years of service. Officer Nault was the senior officer in the department. Also retiring is Lorraine Cadieux, administrative assistant to the Chief of Police, Col. Bernard Gannon. Both retirements took effect Dec. 27. Mrs. Cadieux worked for the Town of Burrillville for 23 years -- 12 years in Town Hall mostly as the assistant to the building official and the last 11 years as the administrative assistant to the police chief.
PROVIDENCE â€” Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is â€śI donâ€™t want to raise taxes.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ There are plenty of good reasons for teaching instrumental music and chorus in secondary schools, and the students enrolled in them are more than happy to share a few.
â€śOther classes teach independence and therefore cannot compare with band and chorus classes,â€ť says Kristen Rodriguez of Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket. â€śIf someone fails an English test and another person receives a perfect score, the person who aced the test is not affected by the person who failed it. Unlike other classes, band and chorus teach the value of interdependence.â€ť
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€” Jason Cropley usually gets off work in the morning, but when his graveyard shift ended Monday he had another job to do: free his car from its prison of snow.
Cropley, a security guard at Portola Tech, thought there might be trouble when he heard the rumble of snowplows passing the Fairmount Street mill with increasing frequency during the night. Sure enough, they buried his car, parked just a few feet from the edge of the road, behind a knee-high wall of grayish, lumpy snow.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city firefighters union has unanimously agreed to accept a 2.75 percent, retroactive pay hike for the fiscal year that began on July 1 â€“ now it's up to the City Council to approve the pact.
The proposal would end an arbitration dispute with roots that go back to a multi-year contract ironed out in 2009, during a particularly turbulent period in relations between the city and Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.