Archive - 2010 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â You might say they don't build 'em like this anymore, but the truth is, they hardly ever built 'em like this, especially in the throes of the Great Depression.
With its cavernous marble lobby and skylit mezzanine, the Rhode Island Hospital Trust building is a downtown landmark that evokes a time, difficult to imagine now, when Woonsocket was a hub of commerce and wealth.
And now, it can all be yours for a mere $625,000.
WOONSOCKET â City officials released an accounting report this week that says the Woonsocket Education Department is capable of erasing a projected $1.5 million deficit without touching sports, music or academic programs, but Schools Supt. Robert Gerardi isn't so sure.
âTo me nothing is clear at this point,â said the superintendent. âIt's a good job by the auditors, but it might be overly optimistic.â
PROVIDENCE â Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
âRoger Williams would be proud,â Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton won re-election easily Tuesday night and thanks to local voters, will also keep her job.
A ballot question that would have changed Hamiltonâs elected administratorâs post to a Town Council-appointed town manager was soundly defeated by local voters turning out at the polls, 2,980 opposed to 1,507 in favor.
The administrator proposal, Question 5, was most significant of a list of eight charter questions placed on the ballot. The remaining items covered largely technical and wording changes for the charter.
Police in Blackstone and Millville have finished their investigation into allegations that special needs children were physically abused by a teacher and an aide employed by the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.
The findings in the case have been turned over to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, which is to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges, said Tim Connolly, spokesman for District Attorney Joseph Early.
âNo decision has been made at this point,â Connolly said Thursday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Town officials are scrambling to get the word out that if voters Tuesday approve local ballot question number five â whether or not the current elected town administrator should be changed to an appointed town manager â then the effective date of that change would be Dec. 1, 2012.
Due to what town officials are calling an oversight, the town manager versus town administrator question was submitted to the Secretary of State's office without listing an effective date. Therefore, there is no effective date listed on the ballot voters will see at the polls on Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE â As soon as Rep. Patrick Kennedy announced he would not seek re-election in the 1st Congressional District back in February, it was clear the race to succeed him would be one of the marquee races this year.
Sure enough, four Democrats battled in a primary to win that partyâs nomination and Providence Mayor David Cicilline bested a field that included former Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch, state Rep. David Segal and Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma. Lynch, Segal and Gemma have now endorsed Cicilline.
WOONSOCKET â Bank of America has honored Connecting for Children and Families with a $200,000 grant to grow its network of support services for struggling families.
Terese Curtin, director of the Fairmount-based agency, was to receive the award today during a ceremony at the John Hope Settlement House in Providence, one of just two non-profits in the state to receive BofA's prestigious âNeighborhood Buildersâ Award.
âIt's just a tremendous opportunity for Woonsocket,â said Curtin. âIt allows us to strengthen the community and provide additional support for families who are in most need.â
WOONSOCKET â President Barak Obama told about three dozen employees of American Cord and Webbing that, âItâs small businesses like this one, after all, that are the bricks and blocks, the cord and webbing, if you will, of our economy.â
After taking a brief tour of the plant in the Highland Corporate Park, Obama boasted that his administration, with the help of Congress has passed 16 different tax cuts for small businesses in the last two years.â
GLOCESTER - Alesia Razumova and Hannah Fast, who graduated from Ponaganset High School last June, could have spent their summer before starting college going to the beach or hanging out with friends.
Instead, the two girls spent most of their summer vacation as research assistants hunkered down in the high school library pouring over historical and death records in Rhode Island to find evidence of the 1918-19 epidemic of Spanish flu that killed thousands of people worldwide.