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May 6th

Fire damages Lincoln triple-decker

May 6, 2013

LINCOLN – It could be upwards of a month before residents are able to move back into a Front Street triple-decker that was heavily damaged by fire Sunday night, fire officials said yesterday.
Lonsdale Fire Chief Timothy Griffin said the 263 Front St. building sustained $75,000 to $100,000 in damages and that extensive repairs will be required before the seven tenants left homeless by the blaze are allowed back in.
All of the tenants are reportedly staying with family members, he said.

Officials to plan next step for city

May 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As the city inches closer to a fiscal cliff, the Budget Commission and state lawmakers are to meet with Gov. Lincoln Chafee and State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly tomorrow to chart a course forward.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission, says state leaders do not support replacing the commission with a receiver who could push the city into municipal bankruptcy.

Backpack left on RIPTA bus causes another stir

May 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The state Bomb Squad was in town again yesterday, this time to check out a backpack left aboard a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus passing through Depot Square.
The squad x-rayed the backpack without removing it from the parked bus and quickly determined that there was no danger, said Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan.
“The backpack was empty,” he said.

May 5th

Youth of the year is Manville’s Kowalski

May 5, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Lauren Kowalski, of Manville, has been named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rhode Island Youth of the Year for 2013, and her position as the Ocean State’s youth representative is especially fitting for a young woman with a wide range of aquatic interests.

Kowalski topped her six other Rhode Island competitors for the honor because she best exemplifies the awards requirements of extensive involvement in her local club, the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln, academic success, community service and much more.

Ice cream always warms the heart

May 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET — It’s a treat and a dessert and you can really have ice cream anytime. But there is something special about going to get ice cream at an ice cream stand or from a truck, even on a cool May evening.
Nicholas Michalopoulos, 62, of Woonsocket also knows how spring affects his customers’ particular taste for ice cream and has opened his Cool Corner Creamery at 171 Greene St. in the city in late April since 1995.

Twin River still needs employees for gaming

May 5, 2013

LINCOLN – Twin River is preparing to open its new table gaming operation at the Twin River Road casino but still needs dealers and other employees to staff it.
That means there are still opportunities for Rhode Islanders to find a job with the new operation if they qualify through the state certification process, according to Patti Doyle, Twin River’s spokeswoman.

Gun talk triggers reporter's curiosity

May 5, 2013

SMITHFIELD – In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a consumer run on guns and ammunition in this country amid an impassioned debate about gun control. Whether it’s fair or not may be open to question, but much of the hoarding is blamed on gun zealots worried about a crackdown in the wake of some insanely violent and tragic episodes of gun violence.
I am not one of them. I’m not planning on buying a handgun, and I don’t have anything against people who are, but the fierce battle over gun control made me dangerously curious.

May 4th

Students get a lesson in the law

May 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Jailin Alarcon, a seventh-grader at Woonsocket Middle School, didn’t know what to expect when Judge Janette A. Bertness suddenly walked over to her, grabbed a folder off her desk and started sifting through the contents.
Bertness, an associate judge of the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court, and Providence attorney Jeffrey M. Biolchini, were visiting social studies teacher ToniMarie Campopiano’s students Friday as part of the school’s annual Law Day program.

Manor gets 50 assisted living units

May 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The question, first posed years ago, was how to make assisted living affordable, says Robert Kulik, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority.
The answer arrives Monday, when the WHA opens the doors of St. Germain Assisted Living. It’s 50 units of assisted living space within St. Germain Manor, a traditional high rise for able-bodied seniors located at 429 East School St.

May 2nd

Chafee signs gay marriage into law

May 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.

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