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August 26th, 2015

Officials say WMS gym woes will be cured by opening day

August 26, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Concerns over loose masonry block work covering steel supports in the Woonsocket Middle School buildings’ gymnasiums may be resolved sooner than expected, Facilities Director Peter Fontaine told the School Committee Wednesday night.

Fontaine said a member of his staff discovered a loose masonry block high up on the veneer covering a support beam at the Villa Nova Middle School gym last week, and an initial check of the problem with representatives of Gilbane Building Co. suggested that repair of the problem could take three to five weeks to complete.

August 25th

Woonsocket school chief touts new leaders

August 25, 2015


WOONSOCKET – It has been a busy summer at the school department’s McFee Administration Building and Superintendent Patrick McGee and his staff of directors believe that time has been well spent getting ready for the start of school next week.

McGee, who starts his first school year as Superintendent after recent service as both interim and assistant superintendent, said the filling of most of district’s administrative and director posts for the start of school puts the district a step above the opening days of recent years. 

Judge refuses to block RISE opening

August 25, 2015


PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge has refused to issue a temporary order blocking RISE Prep Mayoral Academy in Woonsocket from opening on Monday because, he said, to do so would be akin to “a mandatory death sentence” for the fledgling charter school.

In a ruling from the bench yesterday, Judge Michael Silverstein said if RISE didn’t open it probably never would because, without students, it wouldn’t receive vital tuition aid from the state.

August 24th

Downtown woes continue: Vino's closes

August 24, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Main Street has lost another of its visible small businesses to a closing — Vino’s pub, at 83 Main St. — that had also been known for a time as Papa Nasuti’s.

The storefront business and residential building’s owner, Gary Fernandes, confirmed on Monday that Vino’s will not be reopening after its owner, Jason Dusablon, informed him he has decided to shut down permanently.

“He owned it and business was real slow and he didn’t want to run it anymore, so he closed it,” Fernandes said of the shutdown.

Woonsocket Track & Field | Villa Novans get ready to throw their weight around

August 24, 2015


When it comes to the weight events in high school track and field, particularly the hammer and indoor weight, Rhode Island has been one of the country’s best. At the national meet this past winter season, the Ocean State claimed the first three slots in the 25-pound weight and two of the top six in the girls’ 20-pounder. It was even better at the outdoor nationals where R.I. nearly swept the boys’ competition in the hammer, taking five of the six podium spots, and earned three medals for girls.

August 23rd

Gathering hopes to turn political action into results

August 23, 2015

WARWICK — Concerns ranging from the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark in downtown Providence to the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline project that runs through Burrillville were among the subjects discussed Saturday as the Green Party of Rhode Island came together at the 2015 Green Gathering.

The gathering, which was held at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick, brought together Green Party officials, local residents, concerned citizens, and even a presidential candidate.

August 22nd

Green Party presidential candidate visits CCRI

August 22, 2015

WARWICK – Presidential candidate Jill Stein said Saturday afternoon that the country is facing unprecedented crises in its economy, ecology, peace, and democracy, and that it is time to put people, peace, and the planet ahead of profit.

Stein addressed the audience gathered at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick as part of the Green Party of Rhode Island’s 2015 Green Gathering. She said this moment in time is “such a staggering, powerful moment,” and noted that while it is a moment of crisis, it’s also one of “incredible potential for deep, systematic change.”

Super summer squash grows in Millville man's garden

August 22, 2015

MILLVILLE — The summer squash and zucchini did great in Bill Laquidara’s backyard garden this summer. But compared to another one of their oddball cousins in the veggie family, well, let’s just say they don’t measure up.

Say hello to Laquidara’s cucuzza, an alarmingly lengthy variety of squash that’s not usually a first choice for New England gardeners. Indigenous to the Mediterrean region, the cucuzza may be a native of Italy, where it’s been widely cultivated for centuries and the locals pronounce it ko-KOO-tza, or goo-GOOTZ.

August 21st

WHA director placed on administrative leave

August 21, 2015

WOONSOCKET — After less than six months on the job, Patrick Morganelli, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, has been placed on paid administrative leave from his $115,000-a-year job for the foreseeable future, the organization’s governing body says.

Neither the WHA’s Board of Housing Commissioners nor its legal counsel would say why Morganelli was suspended, calling the issue a private personnel matter.

“I wish I could tell you more,” said David Lahousse, chairman of the board. “But I can’t do that without getting myself in trouble.”

College Football | Former Burrillville QB DeSilva opts to not play at URI this season

August 21, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Deb Hunt would listen to her grandson Isaiah DeSilva whenever he talked about balancing a heavy summer course load and his college football responsibilities.

Hunt interpreted what DeSilva expressed as nothing more than the desire of an incoming freshman who was fully intent on honoring his agreed-upon student-athlete duties. Never once did anyone close to DeSilva believe that the football portion of the equation was seriously hanging in the balance.

When it comes to the weight events in high school track and field, particularly the hammer and...
BURRILLVILLE – Deb Hunt would listen to her grandson Isaiah DeSilva whenever he talked about...
LINCOLN — Two of Rhode Island’s beloved school sports coaches will be the center of attention, as...
WOONSOCKET – Concerns over loose masonry block work covering steel supports in the Woonsocket Middle School buildings’...
WOONSOCKET – It has been a busy summer at the school department’s McFee Administration Building and...
PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge has refused to issue a temporary order blocking RISE Prep Mayoral Academy...

 

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