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February 13th, 2014
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Even after it was slashed by nearly a third in advance of the current fiscal year, the 30 percent homestead exemption is still the most generous benefit offered by a revenue-hungry local government, commandeered by a state-appointed Budget Commission.
Almost nothing has been asked of property owners who claim the exemption as a condition of receiving it. They‚Äôre supposed to live in the property on which the exemption is claimed, but the city makes that assumption for them based on property deeds that may not be conclusive, officials say.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď From Woonsocket High graduate Tom Pincince, here are some of the details pertaining to a public celebration of George Nasuti‚Äôs life:
Services for Coach Nasuti will be private and for family only. However, Coach's family understands what an outpouring of support there has been in the last few days.
Therefore, a PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF COACH NASUTI'S LIFE has been scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at a time to be determined. This celebration will be held at Woonsocket High School and will be open to EVERYONE. More details on this day will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
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.