PAWTUCKET â Perhaps 30 minutes before the festivities of Tolman High School's Commencement, Dr. Linda Gifford, a guidance counselor, stood inside the James W. Donaldson Gymnasium offering congratulations to members of the Class of 2011, boys clad in red caps and gowns, the girls in white.
Suddenly, Mckenzie Hosford tapped on her shoulder, and Gifford spun around. When the elder saw Hosford, she immediately gave her a massive hug.
âIt's been quite a journey,â Hosford told her.
âWith a happy ending,â Gifford smiled back.
PAWTUCKET â Hundreds of firefighters filled the sidewalk along Roosevelt Avenue from Exchange Street to Slater Mill Wednesday, protesting a proposal to privatize the city's rescue service.
Inside City Hall at the time were companies who submitted requests for proposals to do the rescue work. They were there to attend a âmandatory meetingâ with city officials to discuss their bids.
Robert Neill, president of the city's firefighters union, IAFF Local XXXX, said the picketing was timed to âdiscourage those peopleâ and make them aware that the might ârun into a possible labor dispute.â
PAWTUCKET â Valedictorian Noelle Cabana said she used to feel saddened by the fact that she never got to meet the late Jackie Walsh, and that the teacher passed away before the completion of the arts high school that was her dream. âBut then I realized that she has touched us in ways we canât even recognize,â Cabana told her fellow classmates, as they sat together at Tuesday nightâs commencement exercises for the school that bears Walshâs name.
CUMBERLAND â One of three suspects arrested in a violent home invasion and weapons theft on Feb. 23 has been indicted on a string of charges by a Providence County grand jury.