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June 11th, 2011
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city of Pawtucket has a milestone birthday coming up and a committee has come up with a high-tech way to celebrate that would make even Samuel Slater proud.
Pawtucket was incorporated in 1886 and city leaders and a group of business professionals have formed a committee to plan a whopper of a 125th anniversary celebration.
Key to the party will be a Pawtucket Red Sox game on Tuesday, August 23 and a special pre- and post-game show that combines elements of history, music, and dazzling spectacle, and also serves as a fundraiser for the Pawtucket Fireworks Committee.
PAWTUCKET â€” A fire that erupted from an exploding electrical transformer caused damage to a historic mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. that houses over 100 business tenants late Monday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” They have intelligence, drive, supportive families, and a will to succeed after high school. Yet, this year's valedictorian and salutatorian of Tolman High School also credit something else as being key to their stellar academic achievements: the city itself.
â€śI feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in Pawtucket and in having gone though Pawtucket schools,â€ť said Alyssa Browning, valedictorian of her graduating class. â€śI had amazing teachers.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” At its meeting of May 24, the East Providence School Committee passed Phase I of the reorganization plan for the cityâ€™s elementary, middle and high schools. The plan, which includes the implementation of full-day kindergarten in September and the addition of teaching staff, also eliminates several positions within the district.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As is tradition after these commencement exercises, the 10 graduates of Bishop Keough Regional High School recessed out of St. Maria Goretti Church on Friday evening and congregated in the front courtyard.
The seniors formed a circle, then lofted their pale blue caps skyward and let out a few hoots and hollers, those to celebrate their four years of dedication and devotion to academia and extracurricular activities.
A moment later, Mary E. Gingras, who hails from Lincoln, seemed a bit dazed by the atmosphere.
PAWTUCKET â€” Both Kandice Ko and Melitzi Torres had hardworking parents who knew that getting a good education was the key to improving their daughtersâ€™ futures. Now, both young women are making those parents very proud.
On June 13, Ko will represent Shea High Schoolâ€™s 2011 graduating class as valedictorian, and Torres will serve as salutatorian.
PAWTUCKET â€” While music and theater were the respective passions of graduating seniors Noelle Cabana and Daphne Homen, these artistic pursuits also helped them to carve out ambitious career paths as they head off to college in the fall.
When the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts holds its commencement exercises on June 14, Cabana will be serving as valedictorian and Homen as salutatorian.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Protesters turned out in force Tuesday morning for a rally designed to create more support in preventing the Valley Falls Post Office from closing on July 8.
Town resident Derrick Watson, who heads an organization named â€śThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â€“ Save Our Post Office, indicated last Thursday that he had sent an approximate 34-page appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 22.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the school district receiving $1.1 million in state literacy funds that are no longer restricted, school officials say their latest deficit figure for the FY12 budget is now down to $1.2 million.
The approximately $100 million school budget for the coming year had originally contained a deficit of $7.3 million. That figure was then pared down to a deficit of $2.3 million in late April due to $4.9 million in contractual concessions and other reductions.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, left, presents Shea Director of Applied Learning Michael Connolly with the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 Medallion for his leadership in launching a statewide mock election initiative that involved nearly 25 percent of the state's public high schools and for the work that heâ€™s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.
WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
â€śI think about Ronnie every day,â€ť Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brotherâ€™s picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.