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February 12th, 2014
WOONSOCKET -- George Nasuti, a longtime educator and high-school athletic director in the city, died Tuesday night at Rhode Island Hospital after a sporting accident on a basketball court four days earlier. He was 52.
Nasuti was remembered by friends and colleagues in Rhode Island interscholastic athletics as "a standup guy," "a very good man" and someone who always had the kids' best interests at heart.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Based on their interpretation of the City Charter, officials say longtime parks and recreation worker David P. Ayotte may remain on the job despite his arrest on felony gambling charges, at least until he‚Äôs indicted by a grand jury.
Ayotte, 53, of North Smithfield, and his wife, Cheryl, were among 13 individuals from northern Rhode Island arrested last week on charges of organized criminal gambling, conspiracy and bookmaking. Read the full story in Wednesday's Call.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ As the possible reinstatement of all-day kindergarten headed toward votes by both the School Committee and the state Budget Commission running local fiscal affairs, opponents to move became more vocal Monday ‚ÄĒ repeatedly describing it as an educational luxury financially overburdened taxpayers simply can‚Äôt afford.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Family members and friends are keeping a somber vigil for longtime city educator and athletic director George Nasuti, ‚Äúa downright good guy‚ÄĚ who remains in a coma after an accident he suffered while refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville Friday.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Samuel Ackerman, a Cumberland High School senior, is one of two Rhode Island students chosen to spend a week in Washington D.C. next month to participate in the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚Äď The signs of town and school officials playing poker with the local education budget grew stronger this week as the Town Council tendered a settlement offer to school officials, who in turn rejected the proposal.
The move left a wide-ranging threat of cuts looming for department employees and programs affecting graduating seniors that by all accounts no one really wants to see enacted as a solution to the School Department‚Äôs projected $470,000 deficit for the current fiscal year.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Diane Newberry has just one thing to say to The Beatles: She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.
But it‚Äôs more than love. It‚Äôs pop culture osmosis of the highest order.
See, the Fab Four broke up nearly three decades before the junior at North Smithfield High School was born. Somehow, the musical vibe of a bygone era has hop-scotched over a bridge of time ‚Äď and a cacophony of modern-day, hip-hoppy sounds ‚Äď to reach into the heart of a 16-year-old.
‚ÄúI love ‚Äėem,‚ÄĚ says Newberry. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre my favorite band.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Police arrested a Providence teenager whose alleged drug-drops in East Woonsocket so irked neighbors that one family asked the mayor to intervene this week.
Angel Peguero, 18, of 1030 Atwells Ave., was arrested Thursday on four counts of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver, maintaining a narcotics nuisance, distribution of a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance near a school, and possession of a controlled substance.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ A Chafee administration plan to allow the state and cities and town to post legal notices on the Internet rather than advertising them in local newspapers ran into opposition Thursday from people who said that while the Internet is indeed gaining in popularity, not everyone is using it and that newspapers provide a service by putting important information right in front of people instead of forcing them to hunt through cyberspace for it.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Nobody questions the educational value of full-day kindergarten, but the cost has been a sticking point for the Budget Commission.
Now Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan is poised to roll out a plan to bring back full-day kindergarten that actually results in a program surplus.