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June 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s 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, â€śI think he was a logger in his past life.
â€śYou know, he just loves anything to do with trees,â€ť she stated early Tuesday afternoon. â€śHe'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.
â€śIt's been quite a journey,â€ť Hosford told her.
â€śWith a happy ending,â€ť 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 â€śmandatory meetingâ€ť 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 â€śdiscourage those peopleâ€ť and make them aware that the might â€śrun into a possible labor dispute.â€ť
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. â€śBut then I realized that she has touched us in ways we canâ€™t even recognize,â€ť Cabana told her fellow classmates, as they sat together at Tuesday nightâ€™s commencement exercises for the school that bears Walshâ€™s 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 cityâ€™s 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 Oâ€™Neill, 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 â€śleash cuttingâ€ť 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 Childrenâ€™s Hospital Monday to sign legislation creating special green license plates patterned after Fenway Parkâ€™s 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.
â€śI'm just thinking 'Don't fall!' That's one of my biggest fears,'â€ť laughed Central Falls resident Alzate, who will attend Wheelock College in Boston this fall to study social work. â€śLook, 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the philanthropic efforts of the founder of The American Girls Collection, Pawtucket school children will be learning to read with â€śSuperkids.â€ť
The Pawtucket School Department has been awarded a grant worth more than $650,000 to purchase the nationally acclaimed Superkids reading program for students in kindergarten through grade 2. The grant was made possible through the Rowland Reading Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by American Girls Collection creator Pleasant Rowland that is dedicated to improving early reading.
LINCOLN â€“ You don't have to make a splash to make it big in life. Some of the most important people get hardly any attention at all.
And with that pithy message, Lincoln High School's Valedictorian Michael Reeves bade his classmates farewell last night.
Yes, said Reeves, the teachers, coaches and mentors of LHS have played key roles in their academic lives, but so did the bus drivers, the custodians and the â€ścafeteria ladies.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council, mostly through attacking overtime, a few vacant positions and some cultural â€śnicetiesâ€ť that are considered to be expendable in these lean financial times, passed an amended fiscal year 2012 operating budget Wednesday night that chops $876,193 from what Mayor Donald Grebien had originally proposed.
PROVIDENCE â€” Legislation billed as another police tool to prevent and pursue Internet child pornography, but that privacy and civil liberties advocates worry will cast too wide a net for less serious crimes, passed the House of Representatives 62-6 on Thursday.
The bill would allow the attorney general, local police chiefs, and other designated law enforcement officials to issue an â€śadministrative subpoenaâ€ť that would require an Internet service provider to disclose the name and address associated with a subscriber of that provider.
PROVIDENCE â€” Antonio Pires, a special fiscal advisor to Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, returned to his old stomping ground, the House Finance Committee hearing room, Tuesday seeking permission for the city to dip into its fire prevention and cemetery perpetual care accounts to help shore up a looming $6.5 million deficit.
Pires, a former state representative from Pawtucket, was a longtime chairman of the House Finance Committee.
SEEKONK â€” When Ashley Richards began her freshman year at Seekonk High School in September 2007, she set her academic goals with only success in mind.
â€śIt wasn't that I tried hard to be the valedictorian; I just studied hard for myself because I wanted to do well and get into a great school,â€ť explained Richards, who finished her scholastic career with a superb 4.0 unweighted grade-point average (4.5 weighted with Advanced Placement courses and the like.
â€śI worked so hard, and made a lot of sacrifices,â€ť she added. â€śBeing the valedictorian means a lot to me.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” The rising column of black smoke over Fairmount Street Tuesday evening told a well known story for city residents. Another of the city's historic mills was burning.
The column of roiling smoke led to the old U.S. Rubber Co. plant at 85 Fairmount St., more recently known as Tech Industries, and flames were quickly destroying the four-story brick and wood structure.
The fire initially erupted out third and fourth-floor windows near one of the mill's two distinctive bell towers around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread across the affected floors.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just call it â€śgirl power.â€ť The two young women who have earned the honor of representing Central Falls High School's graduating class as the valedictorian and salutatorian said they were inspired by the fact that these positions were held by young men last year.