Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Man was apprehended within 30 minutes, schools dismissed on time.
Woonsocket Police locked down schools in the Elm Street area yesterday afternoon as they and the DEA searched for a man they believed might be armed. Woonsocket Police Det. Jamie Paone said Woonsocket High School, Woonsocket Middle School, Pothier Elementary and Citizens Memorial School were locked down for about 30 minutes Monday at about 1:27 p.m. as local officers cooperated with DEA agents to locate a man wanted by the agency as part of an ongoing investigation. Paone said the call came as some schools were about to dismiss students for the day. The lock down was issued to protect students from the suspect, who may have been armed, and to prevent dismissal from making the search more complicated, she said. The man was apprehended …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Woonsocket could get up to a foot or more of snow from approaching storm.
This weekend, just a couple days after the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of '78, New England is expected to get a new blizzard. Forecasters say snow will begin Friday morning, possibly mixing with rain in the afternoon, before returning Friday night to heavy, wet snow that could fall at a rate of up to 3 inches an hour, according to the National Weather Service. The height of the storm is expected to hit late Friday night into Saturday morning, continuing into the afternoon Saturday. Snowfall in Woonsocket could range between 10 – 18 inches with the potential of 12 – 24 inches in areas. Northeasterly winds of 25 – 35 mph may gust as high as 50 mph, resulting in downed trees and power outages. Keep an eye on updated weather conditions…
Friday, February 1, 2013
Records will be used to get head start finding missing children.
The Woonsocket Police Department and the Woonsocket School Department have developed the Woonsocket Police Lost Child Program. The program is designed to help locate any missing child or adult with developmental disabilities or is a higher risk of becoming lost. With the information provided by parents or guardians, the Woonsocket Police Juvenile Division will have instant availability to a person’s information file. The file will contain the person’s name, photo, address, contact information and any other useful information that may assist in locating the missing person as quickly as possible. Within seconds of being notified, police can begin a search without losing valuable time gathering information. The forms will be distributed …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
We're looking for the best pics & clips of the kids heading off to school.
The return of the school year is one of those classic American traditions — and so is the practice of taking photos of the kids on their way to school. If you've got a kid [or kids] attending Woonsocket schools, WoonsocketPatch wants to feature your photos and video from their first day of the 2012-13 school year. Just click the "upload photos and videos" link — and start sharing your best shots!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Here's this year's Woonsocket Public Schools Calendar.
Forgot when school vacation is? Want to check graduation dates? Here's your 2012-13 Woonsocket Public Schools Calendar. (First day of school for students is Aug. 29.)
Friday, July 20, 2012
Judge dismissed case challenging fairness of state funding formula.
Woonsocket's attempt to address one of the factors officials say led to the city's latest deficit — state aid which does not adequately help fund city schools — met a dead end last week when Superior Court Associate Justice Netti C. Vogel dismissed the case. The suit, Woonsocket School Committee, et al v. The Honorable Lincoln Chafee, et al, alleges the General Assembly has failed to provide adequate funding to meet obligations they've mandated during the last 15 years. Vogel upheld the constitutionality of the state funding formula in the decision without taking on the question of the fairness of state aid distribution to urban communities, stating it is not the court's place to intervene in General Assembly actions. In the decision, …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Budget Commission approves payment schedule using $12 million in advanced state aid.
The Woonsocket Budget Commission approved a payment schedule bringing the Woonsocket School Department current on its 2012 bills using $12.4 million in advanced state aid from April, May and June of next year. With this move, said RI Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly, the Budget Commission has bought some time to sort out the city's long-term finances. Among those long-view problems is the School Department's liquidity during the next fiscal year, when they'll be short the state aid advanced to them from next April, May and June. "Obviously we're going to be thinking about what's going to happen in April," when the school department's state aid will have already been paid to creditors owed from 2012, said Superintendent …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Find out what's to eat at school this month.
The Woonsocket School District has drawn up its lunch menus for Woonsocket High School, Woonsocket Middle School, and the district's elementary schools. Take a look at what's to eat each day, be kind to the lunch lady, and drink your milk.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Annual reading-focused event featured books, pizza, karaoke.
About 40 teachers, parents and students attended the 2012 literacy night at Hamlet Middle School Wednesday. Activities included a craft table where students coud make their own book marks, pizza, karaoke and a wide assortment of books for various age groups. "We're hoping that they take a lot of books away," with them, said Thomas Schwartz, a math teacher. Parents and students perused about six tables covered in paperbacks of all stripes as kids and teachers took turns singing karaoke. Steve Boss, assistant principal at Villanova Middle School, joined Dan Marszalkowski for a rendition of "Sweet Caroline," and Hamlet Middle School Principal Patrick McGee and Vice Principal Robert Picard teamed up with Boss later to sing "YMCA".
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Team's non-alcoholic recipe will go against 24 contenders at AMICA in Lincoln.
On behalf of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition, the Beacon Charter High School's SADD (Students Against Dangerous Decisions) Team will be representing Woonsocket at MADD's Annual Mocktail Competition on Thursday night. Their non-alcoholic drink entry has been prepared in memory of Lt. Robert Cabral, a D.A.R.E. police officer from Swansea who was a victim of a drunk driver in 2005. The mixture will contend with those of 24 RI high schools and youth task force groups for the development of the best tasting, and most original non- alcoholic beverage recipe. The fun at MADD RI’s 15th Annual Spring Awareness Mocktail Competition begins tonight, 6:30 p.m., at AMICA Insurance, Building 100, 100 Amica Way, Lincoln. "Although the name of the …