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Vanmala Phongsavan celebrates anniversary of emigration from communist-ruled Laos

July 28, 2015


WOONSOCKET – Vanmala Phongsavan was born and raised in Laos, and he might still be there if not for one thing: the rise of communism. 

In mid-1975, on the eve of the Southeast Asian nation’s fall to Marxist rule, Phongsavan knew he had to run. 

RISE plan attacked on zoning front

July 27, 2015

WOONSOCKET — City Council President Albert G. Brien said he is preparing to mount a second flank of a legal attack on RISE Prep Mayoral Academy aimed at preventing the regional charter school from opening its doors here next month.

Brien said he expects the council to take up a measure on Aug. 3 allowing members to appeal to the Zoning Board of Review permits issued by the building inspector that allow RISE to operate at One Social Street.

A taste of preservation

July 26, 2015

BLACKSTONE – After a delayed spring planting season, area farmers are starting to sell the bounty of their agricultural endeavors with the help of the Daniels Farmstead Foundation farm at 286 Mendon St.

Farmer booths were found at the Daniels Farmstead Farmer’s Market offering fresh vegetables, delicious baked goods and even organic goat’s milk soaps as a sampling of things to come as the growing season progresses.

North Smithfield's Jazz Ambassador

July 26, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD – You probably think the trombone is a musical instrument.

To Matthew Ethier, it’s also a vehicle, and he’s taking it places.
Next stop: Fort Adams State Park, via the Newport Jazz Festival.

A 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School, Ethier, 18, will perform in the famed jazz showcase as a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Senior All-State Ensemble for the third year in a row next Saturday.

Judge: Suit against RISE may proceed

July 24, 2015

WOONSOCKET — Opponents of the proposed RISE Prep Mayoral Academy won big in the first round of their bid to kill the controversial school Friday when a Superior Court judge rejected the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at preventing it from opening next month.

The plaintiffs are now poised to argue a motion to do just that during a hearing set for Aug. 11, according to attorney William Wray, who represents the City Council.

“Yes,” said Wray. “It was definitely a win for the plaintiffs.”

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