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July 2nd, 2011

Congratulations, cooks!

July 2, 2011

Connecting for Children and Families Center for Financial Success hosted its first ever Culinary Arts Graduation Recognition following a 13-week skills training program for adults interested in persuing employment opportunities in the food service industry. U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a strong supporter of the program, was guest speaker, in a ceremony held at Woonsocket Harris Public Library Friday afternoon.

Firefighter contract extended for 30 days

July 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Representatives of the fire department union and the city administration have more time to complete work on a new contract following votes by the City Council Thursday night.
Four members of the council participating in a brief special session voted unanimously to approve agreements extending provisions of the existing contract with Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters so that ongoing talks between the two sides can continue. Attending were City Council President John F. Ward, and Council members Suzanne Vadenais, Daniel Gendron, and Roger Jalette.

July 1st

Central Falls councilman charged with embezzlement

July 1, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Central Falls City Councilor Richard G. Aubin, Jr. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling vehicles belonging to the police department and keeping the proceeds.

Judge orders Pleau turned over to the feds

July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A federal judge ordered Rhode Island officials Thursday to hand a suspect in a fatal robbery over to federal authorities after the governor, a death penalty opponent, refused to do so because the man could face execution if convicted.
U.S. District Judge William E. Smith says that independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee's refusal, under an interstate custody-transfer agreement, to turn over Jason Pleau so he can stand trial on federal murder charges does not mean the state can refuse a federal court order.

North Smithfield among top places to live in R.I.

July 1, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield was recently named the 12th Best Community in Rhode Island, according to Go Local Prov.com.
The town is listed in the Top 15 rankings of the Go Local Prov.com best communities to live in, giving testimony, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton says, to the enduring power of mill towns and their legacies in Rhode Island.
"Our town has great people with big hearts, and represents a safe place to learn, play and live," Hamilton said this week. "We will continue to work toward a goal of improving the great foundation that we have."

June 30th

Millwood enjoying time in Pawtucket

June 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Sometimes staying put may well prove the best option. Kevin Millwood agrees, hence why he’s not looking to leave the Red Sox organization anytime soon.
“I enjoy it here and feel that there could be some opportunity in the future [to once more pitch in the big leagues],” said Millwood, addressing the thought process behind not exercising a recent opt-out date in his contract. “It just seemed like a good situation to stay here and keep pitching. “My biggest thing is this is a place I’ve enjoyed. I like the organization and hopefully it works out.”

CNLL rallies past Burrillville

June 30, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Burrillville practiced all week expecting to face Cumberland National ace Brandon Croteau on Thursday at Garvin Field.
And it did. Just not until the third inning, after Burrillville had built an eight-run cushion and appeared well on its way to victory.
An appearance from Croteau — and his lethal curveball — changed all that.
Sparked by Croteau’s four innings of stellar relief, Cumberland National rallied for an 11-9 win to keep pace in Pool B of the District IV tournament.

Charles F. Figuerido

June 30, 2011

Charles F. Figuerido

UXBRIDGE- Charles F. Figuerido, 80, of Hartford Ave. died Wed. June 29 at his home, surrounded by his living family.

Verna M. Hazard

June 30, 2011

Verna M. Hazard

WOONSOCKET- Verna M. Hazard, 46, of Roberts St., Woonsocket, died Friday, June 17, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the beloved wife of Michael A. MacGrath of Woonsocket.
Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of the late Parker H. and Cereatha M. (Bryer) Hazard, Sr.
Verna worked as a CNA for The Village at Waterman Lake Greenville.

June 29th

Chafee pardons man executed in 1845

June 29, 2011

PROVIDENCE — With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.

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