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July 4th

Valley celebrates the Fourth

July 4, 2011

GLOCESTER — 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.

July 3rd

Best of the duckpin bowlers

July 3, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Mike Kirby knows all about rivalries, and how opponents may try to gain a psychological advantage. But this 20-year-old Townie also knows how to nip it in the bud.
The issue began while he and his four teammates, those making up “The Bowling Academy All-Stars,” warmed up during a practice round last Friday night, just 12 hours before the start of the 38th annual National Duckpin Youth Championships at the AMF Southwest Lanes in Linthicum, Md.

July 2nd

Central Falls teen apparently drowns in Lincoln quarry

July 2, 2011

LINCOLN — 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 victim’s family, the teen’s name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examiner’s officer, according to police.

Plenty of highlights as 2011 legislative session ends

July 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE – You will have to carry identification when you go to vote from now on and police will be authorized to pull your car over on the road if you or your passengers are not wearing seatbelts.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the 2012 state budget into law just hours before it was scheduled to take effect and he signed the seatbelt bill just hours before the state would have lost $4 million in federal highway funds if the law didn't take effect before July 1.

Woman slightly injured after crashing SUV into gas station

July 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A 62-year-old North Providence woman sustained minor injuries after she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and crashed it into the side of the BP Gas Station at 577 Smithfield Ave. on Thursday afternoon.
According to Pawtucket Police, the driver, Diane B. Cain, said she was traveling east on Weeden Street and as she attempted to slow down to react to traffic, her foot slipped and accidentally hit the gas pedal, propelling the vehicle into the building. Her vehicle also struck a car belonging to a Providence woman that was parked in the gas station lot.

July 1st

Schools Supt. Cirillo to remain on paid leave

July 1, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — In a 3-2 decision at its last meeting, the East Providence School Committee voted to continue the paid administrative leave of Schools Supt. Mario Cirillo. The committee then voted unanimously to send a “notice of non-renewal” to Cirillo for the fourth year of his contract.
While parents, teachers and peers expressed support for Cirillo and asked the school committee to rescind its decision, School Committee Chairman Charles Tsonos and committee members Stephen Furtado and Ryan Tellier remained steadfast in their decision.

Pawtucket native flying high as part of the Blue Angels

July 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — When he was a young boy, Joshua Bryant would always be excited to go to the Rhode Island National Guard air shows at Quonset Point to see the Thunderbirds, and on one rare occasion, the Blue Angels. Now, the 35-year-old Pawtucket native and U.S. Marines Staff Sergeant gets to relive that excitement regularly—and from a different vantage point--as part of the elite Blue Angels Team.

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.

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.

Mayor puts house up for sale

June 29, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Amidst the gloomy financial market and recent cutbacks in library and social services in Central Falls, the city's mayor has put his house on the market.
The house at 141 Jenks Ave., owned by Mayor Charles Moreau and his wife, Kristen, is up for sale. According to the on-line statewide Multiple Listing Service, the three-bedroom ranch-style house is currently being offered at a “short sale” for $119,900—a scenario where a lending institution agrees to consider offers less than the balance owned on the property's loan for a limited period.

June 28th

Governor tours downtown Pawtucket

June 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Where better to gather information for one's “Main Street Initiative” than on Main Street itself? Governor Lincoln Chafee joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and a group of state and local economic development and planning officials on Tuesday for a walking tour of the city's downtown.

Cumberland names school chief

June 28, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.

June 27th

Central Falls to see layoffs, library closure

June 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Alicia Petrarca used to smile when her 9-year-old daughter, Lataysia, would demonstrate a yoga pose such as the “downward dog” that she had learned in an after-school class at Cunningham Elementary School.
Now the young mother, in substance abuse recovery, is practicing yoga moves alongside her child and says the ancient art is helping greatly with her healing process.

Yoga helps with recovery

June 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Alicia Petrarca used to smile when her 9-year-old daughter, Lataysia, would demonstrate a yoga pose such as the “downward dog” that she had learned in an after-school class at Cunningham Elementary School.
Now the young mother, in substance abuse recovery, is practicing yoga moves alongside her child and says the ancient art is helping greatly with her healing process.

June 26th

How to get a health grant

June 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — From individuals and small business owners to leaders in the non-profit community, over 100 people gathered at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center on Tuesday for a federal grant workshop on health care funding hosted by U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).
The focus of the workshop was to provide information about the competitive funding opportunities just made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the new health reform law.

June 23rd

City is able to balance budget

June 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Due to some further spending cuts, including a reduction in staffing at the administrative level—and an optimistic gamble in the amount needed for medical reserves in the coming year—school administrators managed to achieve a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012.
The School Committee voted to approve the $91.3 million spending plan at its June 14 meeting. By state statute, the School Department is required to have a balanced budget in place by June 30, which is the start of the new fiscal year.

A victory for those with autism

June 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Twelve years ago, Joanne Quinn sat in a parking lot, arguing over the telephone with her insurance company, which had just told her that her then-4-year-old son, Patrick, diagnosed a week earlier with autism, was eligible to be covered for just six weeks of speech and language training.
Quinn, of the RI Autism Project, choked up at a lectern in the RI House of Representatives Lounge Wednesday as she and others celebrated passage of a bill that requires autism spectrum disorders to be covered by health insurance and other medical plans.

June 21st

Gambling bill gets amended

June 22, 2011

PROVIDENCE — A new wrinkle has been added at the last minute to a bill that would allow Lincoln's Twin River to operate casino table games. The facility wants the authorization to conduct online gambling, if the federal government passes a law to allow it.
That is one of several changes to a bill introduced by Pawtucket Rep. William San Bento that the House Finance Committee held for further study on Tuesday but which committee Chairman Helio Melo of East Providence suggested could become part of the 2012 budget the House plans to pass on Friday.

City’s plan to borrow money from cemetery upkeep fund irks some

June 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a tough economic climate and with a deficit to cut down, city leaders are leaving no stones unturned in trying to find more cash. One of the line items that appeared to be flush with cash was a perpetual care fund for city cemeteries containing about $503,000.

June 20th

Cumberland High graduates 374

June 20, 2011

CUMBERLAND — It was a class that endured bomb threats, evacuation drills, a school construction renovation project and the wrath of Hurricane Earl.
But through it all, the Class of 2011 stuck together through the good times and the bad. It was a class described by Senior Class President Ylva T. Duke as a group of graduates bound for certain success in their future endeavors.

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