June 7th, 2011
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” If you happen to be walking down Grange Road and hear a gentle humming, don't be alarmed. Its just the alpacas.
The Pasquariello family, owners of Mamalu Farm, have just welcomed the arrival of two alpacas to their newly formed alpaca farm on Grange Road.
The familyâ€™s primary goal is to raise, breed, and sell alpaca products. They are also interested in providing animal assisted therapy and donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their products to charity.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Maria Karen Lambert, 38, of Wilcox St,. Woonsocket, died Sunday evening at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the beloved daughter of Ernest R. and Linda A. (Zatonsky) Lambert. She was a lifelong resident of the city.
Maria was a graduate of Woonsocket High School, Class of 1991.
She was employed as a CNA for Ocean State Nursing and worked for several years at Oakland Grover Health Care Center.
Maria had a special love of all animals and kept a wide array of pets at home.
Raymond J. Corriveau, 39, of Benedict Rd., died Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Jennifer (Dolbec) Corriveau, whom he married September 11, 2004. A lifelong Harrisville resident, he was the son of James Corriveau and his wife Susan of Uxbridge, MA and Jeannine (Belisle) Corriveau of Harrisville.
Letâ€™s begin with the one thing public and private schools have in common. Both start with the letter â€śP.â€ť
After that? Letâ€™s just say the hot-button issue regarding the classification of high school athletics in this state wastes no time in drawing battle lines.
PROVIDENCE --- Less than a month ago, reaching the winnersâ€™ bracket final of the Division I playoffs was the last thing on the minds of Mount St. Charles Academy and head coach Cliff Matthews.
Not only did the Mounties endure a tough stretch that saw them drop five out of seven contests and fall three games below .500, but also did they lose two of their top players, pitcher Olivia Hendricks and third baseman Nicole Silva, for an extended period of time to an injury and an illness.
LINCOLN â€” If Republican plans to change Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher or â€śpremium supportâ€ť system are successful, â€śit will be harder and harder for seniors to get health insurance,â€ť Sen. Jack Reed told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Reed harkened back to the early 1960s, before the Medicare law was passed, telling the business group that, â€śwhen you would go to a friendâ€™s house and you would see at least one grandparent in the front room on a hospital bed, getting health care.â€ť That is what health care was like for senior citizens back then, he said.
WOONSOCKET â€” With a ceremony honoring their schoolâ€™s traditions and religious beliefs, 175 members of Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s Class of 2011 stepped forward to their futures at commencement exercises in Brother Adelard Arena Sunday.
The traditions of the day included the school presenting members of its Class of 1961 with honorary diplomas and the ceremonyâ€™s musical performances by Marc Blanchetteâ€™s senior band.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Kerstin Hudon is the valedictorian, and Thomas Brien Biernacki, the salutatorian, for the Burrillville High School Class of 2011, Principal Michael Whaley announced this week.
Hudon, who ranks first in her class of 196 seniors, finishes her four years at Burrillville High School with a grade point average of 4.42, receiving highest honors each semester.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Residents will get the opportunity this week to offer input on the proposed Fiscal 2012 $33.9 million town operating budget for next year.
The annual public hearing on the budget kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Dean Auditorium on Green Street.
The proposed $33,977,854 budget represents a $747,215 decrease over the current $33,230,639 budget. The spending plan includes a $20,914,816 school budget, up $155,121 over last year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city is ready to order a new fire truck from a South Dakota company to replace Engine No. 3 â€” a workhorse of the fire department that's about ready for retirement.
If the City Council approves, Crimson Fire will supply the Woonsocket Fire Department with a new engine at a cost of $263,981.
The city will pay for the vehicle in one fell swoop with proceeds from its $2 million federal Community Development Block Grant, an annual allotment which has been used for purchasing firefighting apparatus in the past.