August 25th, 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Main Street has lost another of its visible small businesses to a closing â€” Vinoâ€™s pub, at 83 Main St. â€” that had also been known for a time as Papa Nasutiâ€™s.
The storefront business and residential buildingâ€™s owner, Gary Fernandes, confirmed on Monday that Vinoâ€™s will not be reopening after its owner, Jason Dusablon, informed him he has decided to shut down permanently.
â€śHe owned it and business was real slow and he didnâ€™t want to run it anymore, so he closed it,â€ť Fernandes said of the shutdown.
When it comes to the weight events in high school track and field, particularly the hammer and indoor weight, Rhode Island has been one of the country’s best. At the national meet this past winter season, the Ocean State claimed the first three slots in the 25-pound weight and two of the top six in the girls’ 20-pounder. It was even better at the outdoor nationals where R.I. nearly swept the boys’ competition in the hammer, taking five of the six podium spots, and earned three medals for girls.
WARWICK â€” Concerns ranging from the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark in downtown Providence to the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline project that runs through Burrillville were among the subjects discussed Saturday as the Green Party of Rhode Island came together at the 2015 Green Gathering.
The gathering, which was held at the Community College of Rhode Islandâ€™s Knight Campus in Warwick, brought together Green Party officials, local residents, concerned citizens, and even a presidential candidate.
WARWICK â€“ Presidential candidate Jill Stein said Saturday afternoon that the country is facing unprecedented crises in its economy, ecology, peace, and democracy, and that it is time to put people, peace, and the planet ahead of profit.
Stein addressed the audience gathered at the Community College of Rhode Islandâ€™s Knight Campus in Warwick as part of the Green Party of Rhode Islandâ€™s 2015 Green Gathering. She said this moment in time is â€śsuch a staggering, powerful moment,â€ť and noted that while it is a moment of crisis, itâ€™s also one of â€śincredible potential for deep, systematic change.â€ť
MILLVILLE â€” The summer squash and zucchini did great in Bill Laquidaraâ€™s backyard garden this summer. But compared to another one of their oddball cousins in the veggie family, well, letâ€™s just say they donâ€™t measure up.
Say hello to Laquidaraâ€™s cucuzza, an alarmingly lengthy variety of squash thatâ€™s not usually a first choice for New England gardeners. Indigenous to the Mediterrean region, the cucuzza may be a native of Italy, where itâ€™s been widely cultivated for centuries and the locals pronounce it ko-KOO-tza, or goo-GOOTZ.
WOONSOCKET â€” After less than six months on the job, Patrick Morganelli, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, has been placed on paid administrative leave from his $115,000-a-year job for the foreseeable future, the organizationâ€™s governing body says.
Neither the WHAâ€™s Board of Housing Commissioners nor its legal counsel would say why Morganelli was suspended, calling the issue a private personnel matter.
â€śI wish I could tell you more,â€ť said David Lahousse, chairman of the board. â€śBut I canâ€™t do that without getting myself in trouble.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Deb Hunt would listen to her grandson Isaiah DeSilva whenever he talked about balancing a heavy summer course load and his college football responsibilities.
Hunt interpreted what DeSilva expressed as nothing more than the desire of an incoming freshman who was fully intent on honoring his agreed-upon student-athlete duties. Never once did anyone close to DeSilva believe that the football portion of the equation was seriously hanging in the balance.
LINCOLN â€” Citing her leadership and dedication to academic achievement, the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association has chosen School Supt. Georgia Fortunato as the 2015 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year.
â€śGeorgia is an outstanding example of what a superintendent should be,â€ť said Tim Ryan, RISSAâ€™s executive director. â€śShe runs an excellent school system. The academics are outstanding and she has earned the respect of the entire community. The manner in which she leads the Lincoln schools is commendable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Classic cars were back on Main Street Wednesday evening, and drew a big crowd of area car enthusiasts to appreciate their place in American life.
Main Street shut down promptly at 5 p.m. as city Human Services Director Linda Plays had promised, and the car exhibitors had their spots up and down Main Street, from Market Square to Depot Square by 6 p.m.