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June 12th, 2015
PROVIDENCE â General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is a step closer to winning his first major policy initiative â one he says will create jobs and save millions in energy costs for cities like Pawtucket and Woonsocket, as well as private property owners.
The draft of the $8.6 billion state budget approved by the House Finance Committee a few days ago includes some $7 million worth of funding to rebrand the longtime Clean Water Finance Agency as a new entity, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.
BELLINGHAM â When Dawn Costa met Jose Antonio Mangual Jr. last month, it was as if her prayers had been answered.
Mangual, a professional fundraiser and founder of the Milford, Mass.-based non-profit organization âA 2nd Chanceâ â which claimed to raise money to help those who need "a second chance" in life â volunteered to raise money to benefit Costaâs 2-year-old granddaughter, Brooklynn Rondeau, diagnosed with childhood leukemia in April.
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.