August 20th, 2012
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A Cumberland man has been arrested for damaging a sign at the regionâ€™s most prominent Islamic mosque, an incident worshipers feared might be a hate crime.
But the police charged Robert Scalzo, 20, with misdemeanor vandalism, ruling out â€” for now, anyway â€” that his actions at Masjid Al-Islam were motivated by ethnic or religious bias.
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GLOCESTER â€” Former Glocester Police Chief Jamie A. Hainsworth was officially sworn in Monday as the U.S. Marshal for Rhode Island.
The swearing in, which came more than a year after being nominated and confirmed, took place in U.S. District Court, Providence, at a ceremony attended by more than 200 area police chiefs, law enforcement officials and politicians, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI).
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UXBRIDGE â€” Town and state leaders joined hundreds of residents here Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Uxbridge High School.
The ribbon cutting was followed by a five-hour open house and tours of the new school, located at 300 Quaker Highway.
Cory E. Gaudet
BLACKSTONE, MA - Cory E. Gaudet 18, resident of Blackstone MA, passed away surrounded by his loving family August 19, 2012 at his home after a courageous battle with his illness. He was the loving son of James & Teresa (Lamoureux) Gaudet.
Cory graduated this year from the Blackstone Millville Regional High School; he had a passion for fishing, camping, baseball, and skating.
Laurent N. Ouellette
MANVILLE - Laurent N. Ouellette, 91, of Sayles Hill Rd., Manville, died Monday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence. He was the husband of Annie (Pandolfi) Ouellette. They were married on October 18, 1952.
Born in Fall River, he was a son of the late Joseph Pierre and Albertine (Caron) Ouellette.
He was a resident of Manville for most of his life.
Donald A. Martin
BLACKSTONE, MA - Donald A. Martin, 57, of Blackstone passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. He was the husband of Tina C. (Woodmansee) Martin.
PROVIDENCE â€” The R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) will kick off its new Academy for Transformative Leadership program today by welcoming the first class of participants in the school turnaround initiative.
The Academy is designed to recruit, prepare, and support leaders who will take on the challenge of transforming the lowest-achieving schools in the state, according to Elliot Krieger, RIDE spokesman.
PAWTUCKET â€” If the Washington Nationalsâ€™ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, itâ€™s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Daniel Bard admits thereâ€™s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how heâ€™s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances â€“ he remains very much on Bostonâ€™s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sundayâ€™s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucketâ€™s season to his advantage.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” An unaudited review of North Smithfield's finances shows the town ending the fiscal year with a $628,788 surplus in its general fund, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton and Finance Director Brian Silvia announced Friday.
A portion of the surplus is a result of town departments finishing the year under budget, Hamilton said. The remainder of the surplus was generated through various revenue sources exceeding budget projections.