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February 13th, 2014

Homestead ordinance in for a tweak

February 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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’re 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.

Remembrance of George Nasuti's life scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at Woonsocket High School

February 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – From Woonsocket High graduate Tom Pincince, here are some of the details pertaining to a public celebration of George Nasuti’s 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.

February 12th

A STAND UP GUY: George Nasuti's tragic death prompts outpouring of remembrances

February 12, 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.

February 11th

Busted city worker still on the job

February 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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’s 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.

February 10th

Critics hammer all-day K plan

February 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET — 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 — repeatedly describing it as an educational luxury financially overburdened taxpayers simply can’t afford.

Popular Woonsocket High Athletic Director in a coma after serious accident

February 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Family members and friends are keeping a somber vigil for longtime city educator and athletic director George Nasuti, “a downright good guy” who remains in a coma after an accident he suffered while refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville Friday.

February 9th

CHS student bound for DC

February 9, 2014

CUMBERLAND — 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.

February 8th

NS panels to huddle on school budget

February 8, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – 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’s projected $470,000 deficit for the current fiscal year.

It was 50 years ago today...

February 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Diane Newberry has just one thing to say to The Beatles: She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.

But it’s more than love. It’s 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 – and a cacophony of modern-day, hip-hoppy sounds – to reach into the heart of a 16-year-old.

“I love ‘em,” says Newberry. “They’re my favorite band.”

February 7th

Teenager charged with dealing crack

February 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

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