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September 2nd, 2015

Troubled summer gives way to smiles at RISE opening

September 2, 2015

WOONSOCKET — Fifty kindergarteners shared high-fives with political advocates for school choice as the Blackstone Valley’s only new charter school of 2015 opened its doors for the first time Wednesday at One Social Street.

As the newcomers from the city, North Smithfield and Burrillville took their first tenuous steps through the entryway of RISE Prep Mayoral Academy, they were oblivious to the deep political divisions surrounding charter schools, but the debate wasn’t very far away.

August 31st

Clock ticks on RISE’s opening day

August 31, 2015

WOONSOCKET — With construction crews and school officials scrambling to make last-minute preparations for the first day of school Wednesday, RISE Prep Mayoral Academy is still waiting for a temporary occupancy permit from the city.

City Solicitor Michael Marcello said an inspection of the school’s recently renovated facilities at One Social Street was completed by the building official Monday, but there are still some issues that need to be satisfied before the permit is issued.

August 30th

Historic pillowcase returns home

August 30, 2015

MILLVILLE — A loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent has come home after 73 years, and is now on permanent display at the Millville Senior Center.

August 29th

Mayor: Autumnfest parts will all fit in redesigned park

August 29, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The final details still need to be worked out, but it appears the 2015 edition of the city's annual Autumnfest celebration will have all the room it needs at a redesigned World War II Veterans Memorial State Park on Columbus Day weekend.

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt took a tour of the ongoing improvement work at World War II Park between Social and East School streets on Thursday, and said the rehabilitated park areas will be able to host Autumnfest’s layout with a few changes.

August 28th

Lincoln schools face teacher shortage thanks to enrollment bump

August 28, 2015

LINCOLN — Due to an unexpected increase in student enrollment, two elementary schools are adding classrooms merely a week before the school year is set to begin.

RIPTA Woonsocket terminus departs Depot Square

August 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The city and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority have reached an agreement to relocate the Depot Square bus stop, a controversial fixture of the downtown scene that is to be retired.

The Depot Square stop, located at the junction of Main and High streets, was moved to the north side of Cummings Way, effective Friday morning, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and RIPTA announced in a joint statement.

Faith community bids Blain farewell

August 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET — The late Rev. Lionel A. Blain’s favorite philosophy was Christian existentialism, which he studied from the writings of the famous 20th-century French philosopher Gabriel Honoré Marcel, whom Blain had met in person.

“Catholic existentialism stresses how we can encounter God in every encounter we have with other people, and that the living God is found in the present moment,” says Rev. Michael J. Woolley, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Woonsocket, where Blain, his predecessor, was pastor for 24 years before retiring in 2007 after 61 years in the priesthood.

August 26th

Officials say WMS gym woes will be cured by opening day

August 26, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Concerns over loose masonry block work covering steel supports in the Woonsocket Middle School buildings’ gymnasiums may be resolved sooner than expected, Facilities Director Peter Fontaine told the School Committee Wednesday night.

Fontaine said a member of his staff discovered a loose masonry block high up on the veneer covering a support beam at the Villa Nova Middle School gym last week, and an initial check of the problem with representatives of Gilbane Building Co. suggested that repair of the problem could take three to five weeks to complete.

August 25th

Woonsocket school chief touts new leaders

August 25, 2015


WOONSOCKET – It has been a busy summer at the school department’s McFee Administration Building and Superintendent Patrick McGee and his staff of directors believe that time has been well spent getting ready for the start of school next week.

McGee, who starts his first school year as Superintendent after recent service as both interim and assistant superintendent, said the filling of most of district’s administrative and director posts for the start of school puts the district a step above the opening days of recent years. 

Judge refuses to block RISE opening

August 25, 2015


PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge has refused to issue a temporary order blocking RISE Prep Mayoral Academy in Woonsocket from opening on Monday because, he said, to do so would be akin to “a mandatory death sentence” for the fledgling charter school.

In a ruling from the bench yesterday, Judge Michael Silverstein said if RISE didn’t open it probably never would because, without students, it wouldn’t receive vital tuition aid from the state.

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