July 30th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The possible closing of Fifth Avenue Elementary School presented by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan drew loud objections from city parents, teachers, and support staff back in April. It was put off at that time due to overwhelming opposition.
But the small elementary school in Fairmount could be closed nonetheless when the state Budget Commission running city affairs considers a final 2012-13 budget at either its Monday or Thursday session.
Read more in our print edition.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police took a bite out of illegal drug sales this past week, executing search warrants that resulted in the arrests of two city men on drug distribution charges.
Police seized two bags of marijuana, a quantity of Hashish, and 20 pills of oxycodone during the Special Response Team raid at 25 and 27 Founders St. early Thursday morning, according to Det. Thomas Beargeon.
The SRT team made an entry at the apartment at 7:10 a.m. and found several adults and three children inside.
WOONSOCKET â€“ National Night Out will take place at River Island Park on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The event, which takes place in cities and towns all over the country, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). It is co-sponsored by the Woonsocket Police Department and Woonsocket Safe Communities.
National Night Out was conceived as vehicle for law-abiding citizens to tell criminals to get out of town.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A delivery truck began dropping off new trash and recycling carts to residents last week for the new automated cart based, curbside residential trash and recycling program, which starts Monday, Aug. 6.
Residents can start using the new bins right away. Trash should be secured in plastic bags (not loose) and completely in the bin so the lid closes securely. Recycling can be mixed in the one bin, again completely in the bins so the lid closes.
There will be information on the new program tied to the cart handle. A guide was also mailed out to homeowners earlier in the month.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Steward Health Care has asked Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to extend yesterdayâ€™s deadline for the for-profit hospital chain to close on the sale of Landmark Medical Center.
Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Kilmartin, said the office will make a decision on Monday after reviewing the request. The attorney general had given Steward 60 days to close on the sale as a condition of approval under the Hospital Conversions Act.
CUMBERLAND â€” The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.
Understand that veteran minor-league ballplayers have provisions written into their contracts that grant them the freedom to explore and seek opportunities elsewhere. These clauses â€“ no doubt put in at the suggestion of oneâ€™s agent â€“ are designed with the playerâ€™s protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the teamâ€™s magical run culminating in a 4-2 defeat to Robbinsville, N.J. in semifinal-round action of the Eastern Regionals at Breen Field.
The defeat closes Cumberlandâ€™s stay at the 10-team tournament, which featured teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, at 4-2. In its six games, Cumberland outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin and outhit them, 49-24.
PAWTUCKET â€” Northern Bernon's summer campaign ended at Pineview's Tomlinson Field on Thursday night, but there were no tears shed and a minimum amount of frowns cast after it dropped a 10-5 decision to Johnston.
Instead, skipper Ron Masse and his assistants chose to accentuate the positives following the championship game of the R.I. Little League Junior Division (13-14) Tournament.