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November 16th

School staff helps Sandy victims

November 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Middle School Band Director Nicole Denton hasn't forgotten her former neighbors in Seaford, Long Island (N.Y.) as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. Denton and another Long Island native, department speech therapist Marie Zaminer, have been working with their fellow school department employees to collect needed supplies for those with damaged homes or lacking utility services there and plan to deliver them this weekend with the help of Facilities Director Peter Fontaine.

Agency upgrades Central Falls' bond rating

November 16, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS – As an endorsement of the steps toward fiscal solvency taken by state receivers and the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the Standard & Poor’s rating agency has upgrade Central Falls’ bond rating to BB with a “stable” outlook.
The city had previously had a C rating with a “developing” outlook. On the day after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy last month, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the city’s bond ratings from Caa1 to B2 and changed its outlook to “positive.”

Martinez convicted of sexual assault

November 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The Woonsocket High School senior was unconscious when a fellow classmate sexually assaulted her in 2009, but the defendant claimed the act was consensual.
It took a Superior Court jury six hours to convict Dariel Martinez on Thursday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said.
Martinez, 20, is to be sentenced on Jan. 18 on one count of first-degree sexual assault. The crime is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.

A hydroponics shop for all your medical marijuana needs

November 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When his friend first proposed they go into business together providing gardening supplies for medical marijuana growers, Jeff Paige had cold feet.
The 51-year-old refugee from the telecommunications industry wasn’t against legal pot, medical or otherwise. But he’s no crusader, either, and he’s pretty careful about how he invests his money.
He took a hard and long look at whether the idea made business sense.
“I think what I was really doing was looking for a reason not to do it,” says Paige. “Now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t do this two years ago.”

Arrests made in rash of car breaks

November 16, 2012

GLOCESTER — Three Cranston teens were charged in a rash of vehicle breaks in two towns after police were summoned to a report of a house break in progress early Wednesday.
James Clark, 18, and two 17-year-old boys, were tied to a string of more than 20 motor vehicle breaks that occurred during a 24-hour period here and in neighboring Burrillville last week, said Capt. Joseph V. Mattera.

November 14th

Police reinstate annual awards

November 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — You know the old bromide about no good deed going unpunished?
Well, it’s hardly like that for the men and women in blue of the Woonsocket Police Department, but Chief Thomas Carey says police officers don’t always get the recognition they deserve for good conduct, extra effort, or honing a special talent.
That’s about to change.

Couple starts warming up; gas turned back on

November 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Two former city residents took steps Tuesday to get the heat back on at Kevin and Jayne Donnell’s Social Street apartment.
After reading about the couple’s difficulties in working out a longstanding NationalGrid bill for natural gas service, a former city resident now living in Columbus, Ohio, and another former resident living in Bellingham contacted The Call to see what they could do to get the couple’s apartment heated.
Both men said they wished to help the couple anonymously in the spirit of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday.

November 13th

FIELD GENERALS

November 13, 2012

In recognition of Veterans Day, CVS Caremark paid homage to nearly 50 disabled veterans from across New England, treating them to a football skills camp Saturday at Gillette Stadium in partnership with the New England Patriots. The skills camp paired former Patriot players with veterans from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Pictured above, in the middle of a huddle led by former Patriot player Patrick Pass, is Navy veteran and Manville resident Roland Filion (red jacket). Filion is joined by fellow veterans from across New England.

Bellingham begins flushing program

November 13, 2012

BELLINGHAM — The public works department has begun flushing water mains and testing hydrant flow at various locations throughout town to determine the water system's ability to provide water for firefighting as well as to prioritize water pipe system upgrades that will be part of a $15.4 million project approved by voters last month.

Aldi to open in Dowling Village

November 13, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Aldi discount supermarket chain will open its fifth Rhode Island store in Dowling Village, town officials say.
Although Walmart negotiated lease covenants with the developer of Dowling Village designed to reduce the likelihood of competition for discount food, the new Aldi will be located next door to Walmart and apparently go toe-to-toe with the retail giant on groceries, said Town Planner Robert Ericson.

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