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November 11th, 2010
CUMBERLAND â When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Josh Lemois told his father he was giving up a chance to become a local policeman to go to Afghanistan, Bruce Lemois thought he understood.
He had to go.
Why else would Josh turn his back on his dream job?
âHe wants to be a Cumberland police officer,â said Lemois, a member of the Cumberland Town Council. âNot a Warwick police officer. Not Providence. He wants to be a member of his hometown police department.â
LINCOLN â Some 17 months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the Twin River gaming facility and its new owners announced Tuesday that they have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue, Division of Lotteries have issued the final necessary approvals, and documents announcing the company's emergence from bankruptcy have been filed with the bankruptcy court, according to a press release.
BURRILLVILLE - Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials joined town officials Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening and rapid construction of the Round Top Bridge in Harrisville.
The bridge, which carries Callahan School Street (Route 96) over the Clear River, was built ahead of schedule in just 41 days. The new span constructed entirely with pre-cast concrete components - the first time RIDOT has built a bridge this way, according to RIDOT Spokesman Charles St. Martin.
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 schoolâs 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.
âTo me nothing is clear at this point,â said the superintendent. âIt's a good job by the auditors, but it might be overly optimistic.â
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.
âRoger Williams would be proud,â 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 Hamiltonâs elected administratorâs 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.