WOONSOCKET â€” An atheist group from Wisconsin may want the World War I monument bearing a prominent Latin cross removed, but a throng of people rallied around the marker yesterday with another idea, expressed in thunderous enthusiasm.
â€śItâ€™s staying where it is,â€ť boomed Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, former adjutant general of the Rhode Island National Guard. â€śIt stays where it is, as it is, right here in the city of Woonsocket. A round of applause and cheers rose from the sea of faces as Centracchioâ€™s voice boomed over a high-decibel PA system, â€śThis is the line in the sand.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Steward Health Care System surpassed a preliminary but important regulatory hurdle in its bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center Tuesday as a health department subcommittee recommended approval of the Boston suitorâ€™s application to assume â€śeffective controlâ€ť of the hospital.
An eight-member subcommittee of the powerful Health Services Council voted unanimously in favor of Stewardâ€™s application after airing issues of Stewardâ€™s financial strength, quality of care and commitment to the needy during a series of earlier meetings.