Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â€” Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s time for the public to weigh in on Steward Health Care Systemâ€™s offer to buy Landmark Medical Center.
The two state agencies in charge of approving the sale have announced that they have begun accepting written comments on the proposal.
In a joint statement, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and David Fine, director of the state Department of Health, said an open hearing has also been scheduled for the purpose of disseminating information about the proposed sale and gathering feedback on it from interested parties.
LINCOLN â€” A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.
WOONSOCKET â€” When Evo â€śCurlyâ€ť Donnini christened it â€śHampton Courtâ€ť in 1972, the upper deck of his famous Ciroâ€™s Restaurant was already in a time warp â€” in a good way.
The late founder of Ciroâ€™s envisioned Hampton Court as a sort of Tudor-inspired rendition of a medieval, English castle, circa King Edward III, and he spared no expense in getting the details right. He covered the walls with lavish, oak paneling imported from England, hung hand-crafted chandeliers from the ceiling and plunked French crystal on the tables beside sterling silver dinner utensils.
Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET â€” Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,â€ť Chafee said. â€śLetâ€™s hope those May numbers continue the positive trend theyâ€™re on.â€ť