Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
âWe had nine people in this house âŠ my mother and father, five boys and two girls,â the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. âMy twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.â
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly âlooking for a little excitement.â
WOONSOCKET - YWCA Northern Rhode Island is taking a stand â the Stand Against Racism initiative â and invites local organizations to be a part of the effort.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization located in Montgomery, Ala., the number of hate groups operating in the United States has grown by 56 percent in the last eight years to nearly 1,000. The centerâs Intelligence Report sites âimmigration fears and a failing economyâ as the factors that have fueled the increase.
BURRILLVILLE - The University of Rhode Island in Kingston and Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park in Exeter came out on top in the Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association's (ASRWWA) Annual Drinking Water Taste Test competition held Wednesday at Wrightâs Farm Restaurant.
There were four entries in the Water With a Disinfectant Division and six entries in the Water Without a Disinfectant Division.
WOONSOCKET â In a city desperate for a jolt of economic euphoria, almost nothing makes civic heads swoon like the notion of commuter rail. Just look what it did for nearby Franklin, one of the fastest-growing towns in Massachusetts during the 1990s.
The idea gained traction after a preliminary study several years ago, but it, along with many other great ideas, crashed into the Great Recession.
LINCOLN â When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
PROVIDENCE â As Landmark Medical Center's financial health grows increasingly frail, a Superior Court judge said yesterday he's not ready to accept any of the offers on the table for the Woonsocket hospital because they all contain contingencies that could cause the sale to founder or they advance unsatisfactory models of patient care.
But Judge Michael Silverstein didn't reject the offers, not yet anyway â he gave the bidders until May 6 to resolve the issues and said he would decide whether to choose one by May 10.
PROVIDENCE â Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
âThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâs no argument about that,â Chafee said in response to a question from Call Publisher Barry Mechanic. âItâs a cost we donât want to pay.â
The property manager of the Citizens Bank branch on Eddie Dowling Highway in North Smithfield, near Park Square, who asked not to be identified, speaks to a bank employee after being notified that a car had crashed into the front of the building just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Broken doors and windows can be seen in the photo, on right. The branch was closed temporarily, and customers directed to the branch at the Park Square Stop & Shop nearby. Check back later for more updates. (Call photo by Ernest A. Brown)
WOONSOCKET â The city is back in court with firefighters, this time in a preemptive strike against a possible future challenge of its plan for a makeover of the shift structure of the Woonsocket Fire Department aimed at reducing overtime pay.
At issue is whether the plan violates the city's collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 732. The city has asked a Superior Court judge for a ruling of declaratory judgment on the question, a type of order that would clarify the union's legal options, if any, after the shift changes are implemented.
WOONSOCKET - School Superintendent Robert J. Gerardi Jr. will be meeting with school officials in Maynard, Mass. this week to discuss a possible employment contract after the Maynard School Committee last week voted to hire Gerardi as its new school chief.
If Gerardi accepts the position, he would likely leave Woonsocket in June when Maynard's current superintendent, Mark Mastersin, retires. Gerardi could make a formal announcement regarding his departure as early as this week.