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December 27th

Tiered diploma system among topics of upcoming open forum with Deborah Gist

December 27, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Rhode Island’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be visiting Pier Middle School on Jan. 6 and will hold an open forum at Narragansett High School for the public as well as a meeting with the Board of Regents. She will meet with the public at Narragansett High School from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will hold a forum. She will facilitate a discussion of a recent proposal to institute a tiered diploma system for secondary school graduates which would take into account the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test.

Festival of Lights stirs the Christmas spirit

December 27, 2010

ATTLEBORO – It was a Christmas winter wonderland as more than 300,000 colored lights illuminating over 10 acres. I made my way through the winding paths of twinkling lights through the hanging tree branches leading to the story of Saint Nicholas and the birth of Jesus Christ. As part of my holiday tradition every year, I was visiting the Festival of Lights at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass.

IMPORTANT: South County Hospital schedule for December 27

December 27, 2010

South County Hospital is open and operating as normal today (Monday, December 27), with the following exceptions:

. Cardiac Rehab is closed

. Wound Care Center is closed

. Wave Van transportation is cancelled

. Cardiac Cath Lab procedures are cancelled

December 26th

Web Exclusive: Mollis Alerts Business Owners That 2011 Annual Reports Are Due beginning Jan. 1

December 27, 2010

State law requires for-profit corporations to disclose business information to Secretary of State at the beginning of every year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The beginning of the new year means tens of thousands of corporations doing business in Rhode Island must file 2011 annual reports with Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.
State law requires for-profit businesses to report annual reports between Jan. 1 and March 1. More than 30,000 companies that are registered to do business in Rhode Island are subject to the requirement.

Vega Peppers picks and packs pecks of pickled peppers

December 26, 2010

Packed pallets of pound after pound of prosciutto and provolone provide the proper pepper package for poppers and perfectly pickled peppers.
Wrap your tongue around that! And by that, I mean, the delicious popular appetizer, NOT the twister.
Welcome to Vega Peppers, a family run operation, where live hands stuff more than a quarter of a ton of cherry peppers daily – between 11,000 to 13,000 per day – to satiate the pepper-popping population.
You may have purchased them at a food service deli or in liquor stores. If you are a Rhode Islander, chances are you have even tried to can them yourself.

Budget legwork begun

December 26, 2010

In a joint session alternately amendable and contentious, the Town Council and School Committee laid the groundwork for the fiscal 2012 budget season in a wide-ranging meeting Wednesday.
The sparring over plans for the projected $6 million surplus in the 2008 $52 million school bond began in interest, with council members questioning the committee's plans to use a portion of it to pay for roof repairs.

Hopkinton Planning Board member officially resigns

December 26, 2010

HOPKINTON -- The Town Council officially accepted the resignation of Raymond Cox from the town's Planning Board. He had turned in his letter of resignation at a November meeting, but it did not become official until the council moved on it.

December 25th

Web Exclusive: Politics as Usual (Opinion)

December 26, 2010

It is small, and its residents are poor, but Central Falls has always maintained a unique identity and its people have persevered with the stubborn, defiant pride of the underdog. That demands respect.
Central Falls should not be abolished.
Central Falls should not become another neighborhood of Pawtucket.
Central Falls should not be split up among its neighbors like a family of orphaned children.
Central Falls should be saved.
But how?
With all due respect to Mark Pfeiffer, the state receiver, it should not be devoured by its bigger and only slightly less poor neighbor, Pawtucket.

December 24th

Web Exclusive: A Special look at Christmas

December 25, 2010

Christmas in the United States is really BIG. By big, I mean over the top, crazy, out of control enormous. Everyone comments on how it gets bigger and the preparations start earlier as the years pass. My first encounter with Christmas carols occurred in my car on exactly November 8th, a Monday morning driving into work. A few stray bars of “Jingle Bells” hit my ear drums and it was all over, Christmas had arrived a full two and a half weeks before Thanksgiving. Is this really and truly necessary?

Richmond police warn of catalytic converter thefts

December 24, 2010

Over the last month, Richmond police said several people living in Richmond, Hopkinton, and Charlestown have been victims of larceny from thieves crawling under their unattended motor vehicles and cutting away their catalytic converters.

 

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