WOONSOCKET http://ripr.org en Beloved Woonsocket Athletic Director Dies After Taking A Fall http://ripr.org/post/beloved-woonsocket-athletic-director-dies-after-taking-fall <p>Students and faculty at Woonsocket High School are mourning the loss of athletic director George Nasuti. He died Tuesday night, the school community received the news Wednesday morning.</p><p>Nasuti’s family said he was refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville Friday night when he fell and hit his head on the court.&nbsp; <em>The Woonsocket Call</em> reports that Nasuti then went into a coma.</p><p>Woonsocket Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan sent out a statement to the school community notifying them of Nasuti death, “we are all better people for having George in our life.”</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:58:32 +0000 Catherine Welch 29039 at http://ripr.org Beloved Woonsocket Athletic Director Dies After Taking A Fall CVS Pulling Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Off Its Shelves http://ripr.org/post/cvs-pulling-cigarettes-and-tobacco-products-its-shelves <p>Rhode Island based CVS-Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores starting this year. CVS said it is the first national chain to make this move.</p><p>The goal is to have cigarettes and other tobacco products off the shelves at its more than 7,600 stores by October 1<sup>st</sup>. CVS-Caremark’s CEO calls selling tobacco inconsistent with the store’s purpose.</p><p>CVS plans to launch a smoking cessation program in the spring, offering information on how to quit and treatment at its pharmacies.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:48:04 +0000 Catherine Welch 28663 at http://ripr.org CVS Pulling Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Off Its Shelves New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/new-voter-id-law-gets-its-first-outing-woonsocket <p>Woonsocket voters go to the polls next week to elect a state representative to replace Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was recently elected mayor of that city.&nbsp; The election represents the first time that photo identification will be required of voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union is reminding Woonsocket voters to be sure to take along a photo id when they head to the polls Tuesday. Woonsocket is holding a special election to fill the House seat vacated by newly-elected Woonsocket Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:21:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 27710 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket Name Placement To Be Determined For Woonsocket Special Election Ballot http://ripr.org/post/name-placement-be-determined-woonsocket-special-election-ballot <p>The secretary of state’s office will hold a lottery Friday to determine the ballot placement of names for a special primary election in Woonsocket. Four candidates are competing in the January 21<sup>st</sup> primary for the state rep seat formerly held by state Rep Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt resigned her state rep seat after winning election as mayor of Woonsocket last month. The primary election could decide who succeeds Baldelli-Hunt, since the four candidates are all Democrats.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:40:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 26871 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 13 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-13-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media <p>Get ready for the first serious snow of the year, and a storm of a different sorts in Exeter. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> follow me on the twitters.</a> Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:51:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 26227 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-14 <p>It's Friday, do you know where your column is? Right here. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free as always to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and follow me<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> on the twitters</a>.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:39:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 25866 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/baldelli-hunt-be-inaugurated-new-mayor-woonsocket <p>The new mayor of Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is slated to be inaugurated this evening Tuesday.&nbsp; Baldelli-Hunt is taking on the job after winning four terms as a state representative.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>House Speaker Gordon Fox plans to swear in Baldelli-Hunt during a 7 pm ceremony at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.&nbsp; Her uncle, Charles Baldelli, a former mayor in the city, will emcee the event.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:39:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 25684 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islands-graduation-rates-are-rise-despite-disparities <p>Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island.&nbsp; The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:57:35 +0000 Flo Jonic 25310 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities Woonsocket's Museum Of Work & Culture Founder Retires http://ripr.org/post/woonsockets-museum-work-culture-founder-retires <p>Tuesday is the last day on the job for Raymond Bacon, co-manager of Woonsocket’s Museum of Work &amp; Culture. Bacon’s retirement ends 16 years working at the museum.</p><p>Before his time at the museum, Bacon spent 30 years as a high school teacher. Before that he worked his way through college at The French Worsted Mill. That experience, Bacon said, helped connect him to the people whose lives are chronicled at the Museum of Work and Culture. He said he knew some of the people in the pictures on display.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:19:13 +0000 Catherine Welch 24704 at http://ripr.org 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election http://ripr.org/post/10-noteworthy-things-about-ris-2013-election <p>Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:</p><p>1. <strong>Women candidates</strong> came up big in Central Falls, albeit in uncontested races, winning five of seven City Council seats. The extent of this kind of female presence is unusual in RI municipalities, although four of five Barrington town councilors are women.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:46:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 24385 at http://ripr.org 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election