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April 23rd, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Chafee administrationâ€™s economic development projects tend to be high-profile, big-ticket items such as creating the Knowledge District in the former I-195 corridor, revitalizing the airport/train station district and continuing the Quonset Point expansion.
But in the Blackstone Valley, Chafee has his eye on revitalizing the main streets of the small distressed cities.
He has made much-publicized tours of Main Street in Woonsocket and Broad Street as it links Central Falls with Pawtucket.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that he will formally swear in Steven G. O'Donnell as the twelfth Superintendent in Rhode Island State Police history at a State House ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
The Governor announced O'Donnell as his choice to serve as State Police Superintendent and Public Safety Commissioner last month.
Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White has been serving as Acting
Superintendent and will continue in that position until O'Donnell takes
over in May.
PROVIDENCE â€” When he was running for governor, candidate Lincoln Chafee often pointed to his experience as mayor of Warwick in the 1990s as one of his credentials for heading an executive branch of government.
On the eve of his 100th day as the stateâ€™s first Independent governor since the colonial era, The Times asked Chafee how being governor compares with leading the stateâ€™s second largest city and how he has found the two jobs to be completely different.
PAWTUCKET â€” When George McLaughlin was hired as Tolman High School's Guidance Department Chair back in September, he admitted he felt excitement about starting something new, and disconsolation at resigning from his previous position.
In his last job, McLaughlin â€” a 60-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native â€” served as a Central Falls High guidance counselor.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called â€śWillow in the Wind,â€ť Baptista â€” a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket â€” jumped at the chance to participate. With her â€śteammatesâ€ť surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.
CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a move that grants some concessions for the remainder of the current contract and provides some structural savings going forward, the city's teachers have tentatively agreed to a new contract.
On Friday, School Committeeman Alan Tenreiro, who is the chief negotiator for the Pawtucket School Committee, and Pawtucket Teachers Alliance President Ron Beaupre announced in a joint press release that the two sides had reached a â€śtentative agreementâ€ť on a new pact.
CUMBERLAND -- Tracy Fay, owner of Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery, has had her share of ups and downs.
PAWTUCKET â€” SPC Dennis C. Poulin's being the type of guy who was always there to help others while asking for nothing in return was noted by everyone from his sister and longtime friends to the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard at Thursday's funeral services for the fallen soldier.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s plan to radically overhaul the stateâ€™s sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafeeâ€™s proposal to lower the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent and broaden it to a vast array of goods and services that are now exempt, House Speaker Gordon Fox had heard enough.
PROVIDENCE â€” The three dozen or so businessmen and women who filled the marble staircase of the Statehouse Rotunda Tuesday were quieter, better dressed and more well behaved than most of the demonstrators who regularly assemble there, and they seemed less than comfortable with the whole idea of speaking out and waving signs, but they were just as angry as many of the others who come to that spot to protest.
PROVIDENCE â€” The new school funding formula passed by the General Assembly last year has been hailed by educators, public officials and parents as a vast improvement in the way Rhode Island pays for its public schools. But at least two local communities claim it is inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional because it shortchanges poorer school districts.
PAWTUCKET â€” Early Saturday morning, Shea High's English as a second language teacher Barbara Fell placed three cases of freshly-made pancakes in her car for the trek from her home in Foster to the East Avenue school.
The idea was to serve a â€śFisherman's breakfastâ€ť â€” which includes flapjacks, bacon and coffee â€” to early shoppers attending the first-ever Shea High School China-Bound Team Yard Sale, to be conducted inside the basement cafeteria.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mike Rooseâ€™s active military career has been over for six years. He is 29 years old and an Air Force veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Cumberland native is living a personal dream as strength coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But he canâ€™t quite put his military career behind him.
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PROVIDENCE â€“ Kristin Grady said the Cumberland school where her son, Alex, had been going is one of the best in the area, but she nonetheless decided to send him to Blackstone Valley Prep to get him â€śmore involvement from his teachers and a sense of belonging that was missing from his former school.â€ť
The problem, she said, is the former Our Lady of Fatima school building in Valley Falls where the stateâ€™s first Mayoral Academy is located is only big enough for one grade, the one Alex is in now.
PAWTUCKET â€” Instead of â€śyellow ribbons around the old oak tree,â€ť the Central Falls Happy Seniors tied white ribbons around utility poles on several city streets on Friday to protest recent cuts in services at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center.
(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE â€“ A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending â€” the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Concern about the future of the Pawtucket Armory building now that it is in receivership has prompted city officials to call for an emergency meeting with the Pawtucket Armory Association, the receiver, and other pertinent parties.
Councilor Albert Vitali had asked the city's legal department to look into whether or not the city could take back the historic property through some type of â€śreverter clauseâ€ť now that it is in receivership.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.