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June 27th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Alicia Petrarca used to smile when her 9-year-old daughter, Lataysia, would demonstrate a yoga pose such as the âdownward dogâ 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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.
PAWTUCKET â Due to some further spending cuts, including a reduction in staffing at the administrative levelâand an optimistic gamble in the amount needed for medical reserves in the coming yearâschool 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.
PROVIDENCE â 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.
PROVIDENCE â 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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.
CUMBERLAND â 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.
LINCOLN â Troop 711 Albion Scouts Timothy W. OâReilly and Nickolai K. Morin were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a High Court of Honor on May 28 at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
OâReilly is the son of John and Mary OâReilly of Lord Fox Run. He is a senior at LaSalle Academy. Timâs scouting career started as a Bear Scout in 2001. He earned his Arrow of Light and became a Scout in 2004. He earned the rank of Life Scout in 2009.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs much-ballyhooed and extensively reviled sales tax proposal was largely discarded by legislative leaders in their $7.7 billion state budget plan for next year, which passed the House Finance Committee on a voice vote Friday evening.
CUMBERLAND â A local woman died Friday morning after she and another woman were struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk along Mendon Road.
Kathleen Carpenter, 54, a married mother of two children, sustained fatal injuries in the accident and Judy Waterman, 53, also of Cumberland, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Cumberland Police Chief John R. Desmarais said the two women were out walking together at 6:30 a.m. as part of their regular morning routine when they were struck by a 1995 Buick sedan operated by Casey Rondeau, 26, of Woonsocket.
LINCOLN â As Max, an orphaned pit bull, used his teeth to rip bark from a tree just outside the Wellington Road shelter, Animal Control Officer Louann Noreau laughed, then uttered, âI think he was a logger in his past life.
âYou know, he just loves anything to do with trees,â she stated early Tuesday afternoon. âHe'll climb them, swing from tree branches. If there's a tire swing around, he'll jump through the tire and swing his legs to gain momentum. He's just like a little boy.
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.
PAWTUCKET â You could see it on the tired but happy faces of Peaches, Chloe, Kevin, Charlie, Tinkerbelle, Oso, Lucy and Willow Spitfire: the cityâs new dog park is going to be a howling success.
On Saturday morning, the main proponents of the dog park, including City Councilors Albert Vitali, Mark Wildenhain and Christopher OâNeill, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss, Animal Control Director John Holmes, Sheryl Rennick and her daughter, Mackenzie, and others joined Mayor Donald Grebien for a ceremonial âleash cuttingâ to officially open the venue.
PAWTUCKET â Yesterday marked the 164th day of the year, the date of the great Lewis and Clark expedition and the graduation of 195 students from Charles E. Shea High School.
At 6 p.m. the atmosphere in Pawtucket was one to be remembered. Although the weather was overcast and gloomy, not a face in the crowd of soon-to-be graduates showed it. Students were overjoyed at the expedition that they were about to embark on, the moment that would forever be a piece of their past: their high school graduation.
PROVIDENCE â It was a match made in heaven (or, more accurately, the Statehouse): Rhode Islanders love the Boston Red Sox and are famously crazy about their license plates. Now they can have the best of both worlds.
Accompanied by Bosox President Larry Lucchino and legislative leaders on Monday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Hasbro Childrenâs Hospital Monday to sign legislation creating special green license plates patterned after Fenway Parkâs Green Monster and carrying the Red Sox logo next to the plate number.
PROVIDENCE â The Class of 2011's Alyssa Alzate and Alex Collette offered different philosophies as they prepared for St. Raphael Academy's 84th Commencement in the basement hall of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sunday afternoon.
âI'm just thinking 'Don't fall!' That's one of my biggest fears,'â laughed Central Falls resident Alzate, who will attend Wheelock College in Boston this fall to study social work. âLook, my palms are sweating, I'm so nervous! Everyone down here has been saying how weird this feels, that it doesn't seem real.
PAWTUCKET â Michael P. Davolio, the city's new Planning Director, has traded in the peaceful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound for a more industrialized urban landscape that surrounds the Blackstone River. Yet for the Shrewsbury, Mass., native, taking a job in Pawtucket provides a homecoming as well as a challenge that he says he's excited to be taking on.