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July 17th

Chafee praised for hiring women

July 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — It’s not every day that a politician keeps a campaign promise, so RI GAP (Government Appointments Project) held a Statehouse event Tuesday to thank Gov. Lincoln Chafee for doubling the number of female appointees, not just to boards and commissions, but to top positions in his administration.

Roof collapses on old Woonsocket mill building

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — One of the oldest surviving examples of a fieldstone mill in the city will be at least partially torn down after an apparent roof collapse at the 781 Social St. structure Monday night, officials say.
The roof line of the four-story circa-1828 mill was reported to have collapsed downward into the building and created a risk of further collapse of the supporting walls of its east side along the Peters River.

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Panel to meet with labor leaders today

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — In what’s being billed as an informational session, the Budget Commission will meet privately with leaders of city labor unions this afternoon to discuss shifting the workforce onto a single health plan.
Dave Eaton, fiscal advisor to the budget commission, said no specific proposals will be made, but a sales representative of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island will be on hand to answer questions.

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Cooling centers open today and tomorrow

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Fire Chief Gary Lataille announced that Woonsocket Emergency Management has opened cooling centers at Woonsocket Harris Library, 303 Clinton Street, and the Woonsocket Senior Center, 84 Social St. The library will be open today and tomorrow, Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the senior center, 1-5 p.m., same days.
These facilities only offer shelter from the heat and humidity; they do not offer any other amenities such as food or entertainment.

TV show to delve into double murder

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 1991 city double murder will be recalled in an upcoming Discovery Channel networks crime program after a production crew wrapped up work on the project at The Call on Monday.
Call reporter Russ Olivo was interviewed by the Sirens Media crew for an upcoming segment of “Nightmare Next Door,” an investigative true crime documentary program on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

July 16th

Schools revise system of accountability

July 16, 2012

Rhode Island public schools have begun to work with a revised system of school accountability and intervention after the release of the state Department of Education's 2012 School Classifications on Friday.
The revised accountability system is based on the federally-approved waiver the state won in May for the federal No Child Left Behind Act's (NCLB) standardized approach to accountability and intervention requirements.

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July 14th

Ballot set for Sept. 11 primary

July 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET – State Sen. Roger A. Picard, of 764 Mendon Road, will run for re-election without an opponent and state representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Jon D. Brien both face primary elections for their seats as a result of the close of the General Assembly candidate nomination process on Friday.

Parks and Rec Dept. urges parents and their children to ‘Just Play’

July 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Jamal Lee saw the poster on a building at Bernon Park after playing softball with his adult league: the city was starting up a new recreational program for parents and children.
A few days later, the 38-year-old public health major at Rhode Island College was at Cass Park with his kids, swinging a badminton racket, making crafts, and having fun.
He liked it so much that he and his children, Alanah, 7, Olivia, 5, and Isaiah, 11, did it all over again two days later at Cold Spring Park.

July 13th

Judge dismisses fair funding lawsuit

July 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The city won't be getting any additional school funding from the state in the near future, at least not through legal action.
That was the outcome of a successful move by the state to block the city from winning a hearing on its school funding lawsuit in Superior Court.
Judge Nettie C. Vogel on Thursday issued a 31-page decision ruling in favor of the state's motion to dismiss the case filed by both the Woonsocket and Pawtucket school districts while noting earlier court decisions to the same effect.

After-hours treatment center for kids just what the doctor ordered

July 13, 2012

CUMBERLAND – You don’t have to be a parent to know that children don’t get sick during business hours. And if they happen to, it isn’t until today’s busy parents come home from work that they invariably find out about it and start looking for medical attention.
And so Dr. Peter Yasigian was often needed in the office until seven or eight o’clock at night, tending to the usual afflictions of his pediatric caseload, from sore throats and sprains to coughs and croup.
There had to be a better way.

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