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June 12th, 2011

A homecoming of sorts for city planner

June 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

June 11th

Schools get $650K reading grant

June 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to the philanthropic efforts of the founder of The American Girls Collection, Pawtucket school children will be learning to read with “Superkids.”
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 High School awards 222 diplomas

June 11, 2011

LINCOLN – 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 “cafeteria ladies.”

June 10th

City Council gives first budget nod

June 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The City Council, mostly through attacking overtime, a few vacant positions and some cultural “niceties” 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.

R.I. House passes Internet subpoena bill

June 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — 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 “administrative subpoena” that would require an Internet service provider to disclose the name and address associated with a subscriber of that provider.

June 8th

Pawtucket looks to dip into funds

June 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE — 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.

Richards, Sykes are tops at Seekonk High

June 8, 2011

SEEKONK — When Ashley Richards began her freshman year at Seekonk High School in September 2007, she set her academic goals with only success in mind.
“It 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,” 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.
“I worked so hard, and made a lot of sacrifices,” she added. “Being the valedictorian means a lot to me.”

June 7th

Former Alice Mills in Woonsocket burns down

June 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.

Vega, Torres lead CFHS Class of 2011

June 7, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Just call it “girl power.” 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.

June 6th

Pawtucket to mark 125 years

June 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

Mill catches fire from exploding transformer

June 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

June 5th

Browning, Vieira are Tolman's best

June 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.
“I feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in Pawtucket and in having gone though Pawtucket schools,” said Alyssa Browning, valedictorian of her graduating class. “I had amazing teachers.”

June 4th

E.P. school plans includes all-day K, but also layoffs

June 4, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — At its meeting of May 24, the East Providence School Committee passed Phase I of the reorganization plan for the city’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.

Bishop Keough awards 10 diplomas

June 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – 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.

June 2nd

Ko, Torres tops at Shea

June 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Both Kandice Ko and Melitzi Torres had hardworking parents who knew that getting a good education was the key to improving their daughters’ futures. Now, both young women are making those parents very proud.
On June 13, Ko will represent Shea High School’s 2011 graduating class as valedictorian, and Torres will serve as salutatorian.

Cabana, Homen best among Walsh students

June 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

June 1st

Valley Falls Post Office supporters rally

June 1, 2011

CUMBERLAND – 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 “The Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls – 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.

Schools: Budget deficit down to $1.2 million

June 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.

May 31st


May 31, 2011

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 he’s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.

'I felt (enlisting) was the right thing to do...'

May 31, 2011

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.


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