PROVIDENCE, RI – By CATHERINE WELCH The Woonsocket Police department has a tarnished history. In 1982 and for the rest of the decade, the big story was Raymond "Beaver" Tempest Jr. who was convicted a decade later for beating a young woman to death with a metal pipe. His brother was a detective on the force and the public believed Woonsocket Police mishandled the investigation. A few years after Tempest was convicted, Susan Menard became the mayor of Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE, RI – School districts around the nation are trying to send more students to college as the United States looks to better compete in the 21st century. In this installment of our series One Square Mile: Woonsocket, we look at a program in Woonsocket city schools that prepares students for life after high school, but not necessarily a 4-year college.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras have signed a memorandum of agreement establishing the Independence Trail - a three mile walking trail of historic sites in the capital city.
The Independence Trail, which will be marked with a green sidewalk stripe, will guide visitors to 75 sites of historic importance in Providence.
PROVIDENCE, RI – In today's installment of One Square Mile Woonsocket, we focus on the Woonsocket school system. Serving roughly 3,000 students each day, Woonsocket schools face challenges like high poverty and low graduation rates.
WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Superintendent Bob Gerardi, who says the schools have not forgotten Woonsocket's history as a French-Canadian mill town.
WRNI – There are ten words none of us ever wants to hear about a loved one: "I have some very difficult news to share with you." What comes next can't possibly be good; we hope, and perhaps pray, that we have the strength to cope with whatever we are about to hear. Audrey Kupchan tells us what sustained her after she received bad news about the person who is at the center of her world.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Most Providence teachers will be rehired, but not all.
The Providence School District says it will recall about 14-hundred of the termination notices it sent out earlier this year.
Grappling with budget cuts, the school district had sent termination letters to every teacher.
In a released statement, the district says it will work with roughly 370 teachers to see if there's a matching position inside the district. And it will not rescind termination letters for 119 teachers.