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February 10th, 2014

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.

February 6th

Newspaper execs fight proposed legal notice change

February 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE — 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.

Supt: Full-day K brings in a profit

February 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET — 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.

February 5th

CVS snuffs out tobacco sales

February 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – As a critical care pulmonologist at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, Dr. Eric Gartman has seen firsthand the damage caused by cigarette smoke.

On Wednesday, the day Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark announced it will ban all cigarette sales by October, Gartman was scheduled to meet with at least two patients with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and one of the hardest cancers to treat.

February 4th

UPDATE BREAKING NEWS: RI STATE POLICE RAID BALDELLI BUSINESS, CITY WORKER ONE OF 13 ARRESTED

February 4, 2014

WOONSOCKET – State police arrested 13 individuals from northern Rhode Island this morning who were allegedly involved in an “organized criminal gambling operation” after executing warrants to search four locations, including Gold Loan Advance, a pawnshop and check-cashing company owned by the mayor’s brother.
The suspects were to be arraigned in District Court, Providence, at 2 p.m.
Detective Lt. Michael Winquist of the state police said Dan “Rocky” Baldelli is not facing any criminal charges and would not be among those arraigned.

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