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May 1st, 2011
LINCOLN â€” It's both amusing and inspiring, how Lincoln High junior Josh Soucy came up with the notion of creating a â€śTeen Advocacy Group,â€ť an organization that would give him and his peers more input and knowledge about happenings in town government.
BLACKSTONE - Amanda Notz, a life skills teacher at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, pauses about three feet from the top of a 25-foot-tall fiberglass rock climbing wall that has been erected in a corner of the school parking lot.
The wall has three climbing sides and an automated belay and hydraulic system that allows climbers to slowly descend from the top.
"Don't look down," U.S. Army Sgt. Logan O. Saunders yells up.
Notz adjusts her harness, makes one last reach and then taps the buzzer on top of the wall before lowering herself back down.
PAWTUCKET â€“ John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
â€śWe had nine people in this house â€¦ my mother and father, five boys and two girls,â€ť the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. â€śMy twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.â€ť
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly â€ślooking for a little excitement.â€ť
WOONSOCKET - YWCA Northern Rhode Island is taking a stand â€“ the Stand Against Racism initiative â€“ and invites local organizations to be a part of the effort.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization located in Montgomery, Ala., the number of hate groups operating in the United States has grown by 56 percent in the last eight years to nearly 1,000. The centerâ€™s Intelligence Report sites â€śimmigration fears and a failing economyâ€ť as the factors that have fueled the increase.
BURRILLVILLE - The University of Rhode Island in Kingston and Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park in Exeter came out on top in the Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association's (ASRWWA) Annual Drinking Water Taste Test competition held Wednesday at Wrightâ€™s Farm Restaurant.
There were four entries in the Water With a Disinfectant Division and six entries in the Water Without a Disinfectant Division.
WOONSOCKET â€” In a city desperate for a jolt of economic euphoria, almost nothing makes civic heads swoon like the notion of commuter rail. Just look what it did for nearby Franklin, one of the fastest-growing towns in Massachusetts during the 1990s.
The idea gained traction after a preliminary study several years ago, but it, along with many other great ideas, crashed into the Great Recession.
LINCOLN â€” When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
PROVIDENCE â€” As Landmark Medical Center's financial health grows increasingly frail, a Superior Court judge said yesterday he's not ready to accept any of the offers on the table for the Woonsocket hospital because they all contain contingencies that could cause the sale to founder or they advance unsatisfactory models of patient care.
But Judge Michael Silverstein didn't reject the offers, not yet anyway â€” he gave the bidders until May 6 to resolve the issues and said he would decide whether to choose one by May 10.
PROVIDENCE â€” Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ€™ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
â€śThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâ€™s no argument about that,â€ť Chafee said in response to a question from Call Publisher Barry Mechanic. â€śItâ€™s a cost we donâ€™t want to pay.â€ť
The property manager of the Citizens Bank branch on Eddie Dowling Highway in North Smithfield, near Park Square, who asked not to be identified, speaks to a bank employee after being notified that a car had crashed into the front of the building just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Broken doors and windows can be seen in the photo, on right. The branch was closed temporarily, and customers directed to the branch at the Park Square Stop & Shop nearby. Check back later for more updates. (Call photo by Ernest A. Brown)