Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Four candidates for mayor will face off in a primary on Oct. 8, but whether a runoff will be needed for City Council races is still unclear this morning.
Fourteen candidates for City Council returned nomination papers with the required number of signatures to become electoral candidates as the deadline to do so passed yesterday at 4 p.m. However, a 15th candidate â€“ incumbent Councilman Marc Dubois â€“ delivered nomination papers so close to the deadline that the Board of Canvassers was unable to count and validate the signatures on them.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The effort to save Landmark Medical Center gained a significant boost Tuesday as the state Department of Healthâ€™s Project Review Committee voted to recommend that acquisition of the Woonsocket-based, 214-bed hospital by Prime Healthcare Services, Inc., of California be approved by the departmentâ€™s full Health Service Council next week.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The future is still uncertain for a rescue greyhound named Lady who underwent a third round of surgery Monday after she â€“ and the 82-year-old woman who owns her â€“ were both attacked by a neighborâ€™s pit bull mix.
Wanda Misiaszek, of 175 St. Paul St., fell to the ground, striking her head, and she was bitten on the arm and fingers as she tried to protect Lady. The dog, meanwhile, suffered multiple deep puncture wounds, according to her nephew, Michael Calo.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Somehow, a toddler managed to fall out of a second-story window Saturday without getting hurt, police say.
The 2-year-old boy and his father, Isaiah Ethier, 27, were visiting friends at 291 Bernon St. when the accident happened at about 11 a.m., according to Detective Jamie Paone.
The child got close to the window by climbing onto a nearby countertop and then pushed on the screen, said Paone. The screen was still in place when the police arrived, but there was a large tear in it, she said.
BELLINGHAM â€“ For more than 25 years, John Murrayâ€™s Pool Pro and Spa on Pulaski Boulevard has been the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s one stop for in ground and above ground pools.
Now, Murray, Bellinghamâ€™s King of Cool, has found a whole new way to keep people cool and comfy during the hot summer months â€“ ice cream.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Dressed in waterproof rain bibs, plastic gloves and rubber boots, Kerri A. Stenovitch looks more like a commercial fisherman than a fruit farmer.
Indeed, Stenovitchâ€™s three-member apple pressing team at Cumberlandâ€™s Phantom Farms, including Chris Combs, Chameal Rogers and Stenovichâ€™s husband, David Joseph, all look like they just walked off a fishing boat at the docks in Galilee.
WOONSOCKET â€” The emergency room at Landmark Medical Center was closed Friday afternoon after pepper spray used by police during an incident in the hospital entered the buildingâ€™s ventilation system.
â€śThis afternoon, an incident occurred in our emergency room that required the response of the Woonsocket Police Department,â€ť hospital officials said in a statement issued early Friday evening. â€śDuring their response, pepper spray was utilized in our emergency room area to subdue an individual. Unfortunately, the pepper spray was pulled into the emergency roomâ€™s ventilation system.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Autumnfest Steering Committee Chairman Tim Paul is back in his pre-Autumnfest zone and feeling it.
The 35th edition of the cityâ€™s annual festival is coming up fast on Columbus Day weekend, and Paul said Friday that usually means he has started feeling the pressure of getting all the arrangements completed for yet another great Autumnfest.
â€śEvery August you feel the stress, then in September it is the worries,â€ť Paul said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland), a member of the House Government Oversight Committee that is currently investigating the 38 Studios debacle, says she wants the panel to issue subpoenas to learn how the Economic Development Corporationâ€™s (EDC) loan guarantee program went so wrong.
â€śWe can follow the money a lot more closely than we are able to with the documents we have,â€ť MacBeth told The Times Friday. â€śWho was on the payroll? People made lots of money on this business, I believe, fully knowing that it wasnâ€™t going to make it.
Fireworks illuminate Woonsocket's 125th anniversary Arch of Triumph as the waterfall pours down for one final time after a celebratory cookout for volunteers and supporters in Monument Square Thursday night. After thanking volunteers Al Beauparlant, Linda Plays, Mike Dubois, Steve Casey, Mary Lynn Bosiak, Matt Moylan and many others, Mayor Leo Fontaine said of the Main Street Block Party, 'Everything fell into place and this showed what our city is all about.' He was then outfitted with a safety harness and along with State Rep.