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June 10th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â Now that state education officials have granted final approval to RISE Prep Mayoral Academy, there is a move afoot to file a lawsuit in Superior Court to prevent the school from opening in the fall.
Council President Albert G. Brien said a lawsuit may not be necessary, because there are at least two bills pending in the General Assembly that could prevent the school from opening. But Brien said that if state lawmakers fail to act, he is prepared to ask the City Council to partner with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild as plaintiffs in a suit.
PROVIDENCE – When ex-House Speaker Gordon D. Fox is sentenced in federal court tomorrow on corruption charges, his fall from grace will be complete.
And whatever else he may have accomplished as a state legislator, this may be his crowning achievement: He’ll have given average Rhode Islanders one more reason to believe that it’s virtually impossible to hold the most powerful seat in state government without going bad at the core.
WOONSOCKET – After he found success in a new endeavor as an artist, Paul M. Cote of Cumberland decided it was time he gave something back.
So taking some inspiration from his father Paul’s illness, Cote last year put together a fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association that was held along with the Vernal Arts and Music Festival that he also helps to organize.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton has faced a steady drumbeat of criticism for her decision to serve as chairwoman of the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy.
Now she may pay with her job.
Sixteen months before her fourth term is up, a petition to recall Hamilton has been initiated by a group of opponents to the proposed regional charter school, led by David Lowe.
âWe filled up an auditorium trying to talk some sense into her about this academy school,â said Lowe. âShe refuses to listen.â
WOONSOCKET â With an eye on Mountie traditions, 153 members of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas during Mount St. Charles Academyâs 91st commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon.
The ceremonies inside the Brother Adelard Ice Arena included a special tribute to members of Mountâs Class of 1965, who stood to receive special 50th Anniversary diplomas issued by the school.
BURRILLVILLE â Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy whose story captured the hearts of millions nationwide when thousands of police officers and firefighters helped him celebrate his seventh birthday in March 2014, received yet another tremendous gift when a playground built in his honor was formally opened Saturday.
WOONSOCKET â The parents of an infant girl who died in Brooklyn, Conn., in February are facing homicide charges in the death of the eight-month-old.
Justine Barber, 28, and Kevin Hartshorn Jr., 32, both of 336 Providence St., were arrested on Connecticut State Police warrants Thursday.
The CSP says Barber and Hartshorne live at 633 Providence St., but a spokesman for the agency said Barber was located at Butler Hospital in Providence. Hartshorn was arrested in the city by Woonsocket police.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â In what was perhaps the most elaborate ruse ever staged in the townâs history, North Smithfield Elementary School teacher Tracy L. Lafreniere was crowned Rhode Island Teacher of the Year during a school assembly disguised as a ceremony to honor the school for its community involvement.
It was an honor a shocked Lafreniere never saw coming.
I feel inadequate. And thereâs not much I can do about it. Or even want to do about it. I actually like the feeling.
I had a lunch today with a guy who worked in the mailroom at Hannah-Barbera, which made all my cartoon favorites from the 70s: âThe Flintstones,â âScooby-Doo,â âThe Jetsons,â and so on.
He used to pitch ideas every day to Joe Barbera. âI was working in the mailroom but I kept coming up with ideas for cartoons. I would send them up to Joe Barbera and I had no idea if he would like them or not. Then eventually he pulled me over, and I started helping on all the scripts.â