July 4th, 2011
GLOCESTER â€” The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.
Fireworks light up the night sky in Woonsocket Sunday during the city's Fourth of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tim Norton has spent the better part of his professional career battling back from countless injuries. His latest setback is akin to the baseball gods kicking a man when heâ€™s down.
The homecoming originally planned for this weekend never happened. Norton did not pitch at McCoy Stadium for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before friends and family hailing from Burrillville. Instead, the 28-year-old is toiling under the hot sun in Tampa, Fla., the Yankeesâ€™ spring-training facility â€“ Steinbrenner Field â€“ the scene of Nortonâ€™s latest attempt to rehab from shoulder woes.
WOONSOCKET â€” Richard A. DiPardo's working life has come full circle. He started out in teaching during turbulent times in the early 1970s and has remained involved with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild long enough to see those difficult times crop up once again.
This time, however, DiPardo will be counting on others to work though the new challenges as he accepts 40 years as an endpoint for his working career.
â€śIt is a decision I made with mixed emotions to be honest with you,â€ť DiPardo said while talking about his years with the Guild at its Cumberland Street office last week.
LINCOLN â€” At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the State Police Dive Team recovered the body of a missing teenager in the Old Jointa Lock Quarry off Rte 246, the Old Louisquisset Pike, according to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department.
The body was located in 75 feet of water and is that of an 18-year-old male from Central Falls, police said.
At the request of the victimâ€™s family, the teenâ€™s name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examinerâ€™s officer, according to police.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A police sting conducted around the city this week found a list of local stores illegally selling cigarettes to minors without conducting identification checks.
The compliance checks conducted Thursday involved teenagers working with city detectives entering local convenience stores and pharmacies and attempting to purchase a package of cigarettes without being checked for their IDs.
BURRILLVILLE - The Town Council Wednesday adopted a revised town operating budget for fiscal 2012, which now reflects a slightly lower tax rate than the one approved by the council on June 13.
When the council adopted the budget on June 13, the panel set a tax rate of $16.16 per $1,000 assessed valuation, which would have resulted in a 50-cent net increase per $1,000 of valuation over this year's $15.65 tax rate, and which would have equated to a roughly $250 annual tax bill increase on a home valued at $200,000.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Pawtucket man was charged with drunken driving after the car he was operating allegedly struck a woman riding a bicycle on Bernon Street early Friday morning.
Peter J. Major, 41, of 10 Exchange Court, is charged with duty to stop, an accident resulting with injury, driving while intoxicated involving bodily injury, a first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test, police said.
CUMBERLAND â€” When he entered last yearâ€™s Arnold Mills Road Race, Brian Doyle wasnâ€™t planning on winning the four-mile event. After a grueling high school season, his final year at Bishop Hendricken, he was just looking for a hard training run on the Cumberland course.
But midway through the race something happened. His adrenaline and competitive nature took over and he not only satisfied his goal of a quick tempo run, but actually won the popular Fourth of July race with a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Rhode Island health and environmental officials are asking residents to stay away temporarily from the Blackstone River after as much as 162,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage was discharged into it.
Officials say said Friday that sewage from the Woonsocket Wastewater Treatment Facility was discharged into the river on Thursday.
Officials say an electrical failure at the plant triggered the discharge between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.