Archive - Dec 2013 - News Article
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â When Suze Kirwanâs family hit a rough patch a few years ago, her boys found a smooth way out on skateboards and trick-bikes.
Theyâre still riding, with the hearty encouragement of their mother, who sees the small-wheel world of sports as a safe haven from the pitfalls of youth.
âWhen I realized how important each sport was to my boys, thatâs how it happened,â says Kirwan. âBeing able to get on a skateboard or a BMX bicycle and just go, it really helped them.â
WOONSOCKET â Embattled Zoning Board member Allen Rivers wants a Superior Court judge to vacate a recent ruling in which he was branded âarrogant and offensive,â saying the jurist was improperly denied all the facts when he issued the decision.
Rivers has hired high-profile lawyer Robert G. Flanders to press the motion before Associate Superior Court Justice Daniel Procaccini. Flanders is a former associate justice of the state Supreme Court but is just as well known these days as the court-appointed receiver who led Central Falls through the stateâs only municipal bankruptcy.
WOONSOCKET â When you are facing lifeâs greatest challenges, it helps to have people standing strongly behind you.
And that is what Tammy Lamberto Roy found she has Thursday evening when a âflash mobâ of co-workers, friends, students and supporters showed up outside her home at 61 Mount St. Charles Ave. with all the love and warmth needed to push back the darkness of a freezing December night.
The crowd marching down the hill from the parking lots at Mount St. Charles Academy carried candles and signs stating boldly âWe love you Tammy,â and âWe believe in You.â
WOONSOCKET â The time to act is now if youâre considering running for Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâs former spot in the R.I. House of Representatives.
The two-day declaration period to get on the ballot began at 8:30 a.m. today at the Board of Canvassers in City Hall. The deadline is tomorrow afternoon at 4.
A special election for the District 49 House seat is scheduled for Feb. 25. If a primary is needed, it will be held on Jan. 21.
WOONSOCKET â The executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority has been placed on unpaid leave amid allegations of âbullyingâ workers and making offensive remarks to female workers.
The Board of Housing Commissioners suspended Kulik for 30 days and ordered him to seek sensitivity training before heâs allowed to return to work, on probation, Jan. 2, sources close to the commission told The Call.
While Tuesdayâs snow was hardly the stuff of legend, it was a reminder winter is here and that bigger and more powerful storms may be just around just around the corner, including one that could hit the region as early as this weekend.
With the Greater Woonsocket area experiencing its first snowfall of the season â inland areas over southern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts were expected to see snow totals in the 1-to-3 inch range â folks suddenly found themselves in winter weather mode yesterday dealing with just enough snow to make driveways slippery.
WOONSOCKET â The cityâs first-ever appointed School Committee will be formally seated two days before its first scheduled meeting, according to members of the City Council.
Council President Albert G. Brien said he expects the council to take up a resolution confirming the five members at its next meeting, on Dec. 16. The school board meets Dec. 18.
âItâs safe to say the five nominees will be confirmed and ready to sit in time for their first meeting,â he said.
The new members are Soren Seale, Jose Rivera, Susan Pawlina, Daniel Chattman and George Lacouture.
LINCOLN â Eddie and Patty Fox had been familiar with Wreaths Across America's (WAA) work over the years to recognize the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans during the holidays, but it wasn't until about two years ago that the couple began to think about how their hometown of Lincoln could assist the WAA's mission.
The Fox's were the driving force behind the effort in 2011 to raise money for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in town, which was dedicated at the Lincoln Senior Center on May 21 of that year. "It was a huge ceremony and over 400 people attended," says Patty.
WOONSOCKET â If itâs been a few years since youâve laced up a pair of skates and theyâre just sitting in the attic gathering dust, Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Director Elizabeth Kerrigan will be more than glad to take them off your hands.
In anticipation of re-opening the cityâs municipal ice skating rink at River Island Park, the Parks and Recreation Department is accepting donations of new and used ice skates to provide families that do not have skates the ability to still use the rink, which is free and open to the public.
WOONSOCKET â Mary Lynn Bosiak, publisher of The Call, announced Friday that organizers of the planned Last Night celebration had reluctantly canceled the festivities.
She said regulatory conditions imposed on the organizers at the eleventh hour were the cause of the decision.