Archive - 2013 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â€” A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.
PAWTUCKET â€” Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words â€śtenaciousâ€ť and â€śpugnaciousâ€ť often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s never too late to say youâ€™re sorry â€“ for calling in the Budget Commission, that is.
As they gathered for their first public debate at Chanâ€™s Tuesday, nearly every member of the City Council who voted for the state-appointed panel in 2012 said they regretted the decision. Even council challengers who had nothing to do with the decision to seat the panel said the commission must go.
â€śWe need to tell them to stop treating our council like dirt,â€ť said challenger Kathryn M. Dumais. â€śWe need to take back Woonsocket.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ It didnâ€™t take long for sparks to start flying as the mayoral candidates squared off in their first debate-style forum at Chanâ€™s last night.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine took his best shots against his rival, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket), over the controversial issue of a $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios, while Baldelli-Hunt scored Fontaine for the collapse of the Diamond Hill Road retail strip and allowing the city to become pockmarked by blighted properties.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state Department of Healthâ€™s full Health Services Council on Tuesday gave an overwhelmingly vote of support to the proposed acquisition of Woonsocketâ€™s Landmark Medical Center by Prime Healthcare of California.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The rescue greyhound from Saint Paul Street that was attacked by a neighborâ€™s pit bull has died as a result of its injuries, family members have confirmed.
Mike Calo said the dog, Lady, succumbed Friday afternoon in an East Greenwich veterinary hospital, one week after the mauling.
He said the cause of death was heart failure due to complications resulting from the attack.
The Call staff
In an effort to allow voters to better understand each mayoral candidateâ€™s stance on the issues facing the city and its residents, The Call will sponsor a mayoral debate on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7-9 p.m. in the City Council chambers.
The debate panel will include: Call reporter Russ Olivo; The Call and The Times' political reporter and columnist Jim Baron; Roger Bouchard, owner of WNRI radio; and a representative of WOON radio. Call Executive Editor Bianca Pavoncello will be the moderator for the debate.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Security cameras helped investigators quickly zero in on careless disposal of a cigarette as the cause of a house fire at 631 South Main St. Sunday that left 18 people homeless and two firefighters injured.
The elaborate surveillance system was maintained by the owner of the three-story tenement near Great Road and captured images of a tenant smoking on the first-floor porch shortly before the three-alarm fire engulfed the dwelling, said Mike Sweeney, chief of investigations for the state fire marshalâ€™s office.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
WOONSOCKET â€“ Autumnfest Parade coordinators Linda Plays and Tina Go were found helping out at the Autumnfest fundraiser at the Italian Workingmenâ€™s Club on Diamond Hill Road Thursday night but that wasnâ€™t keeping them from final planning for the 10-Division Parade line-up for Monday, Oct. 14.
Most of their work was already done but, as Plays explained, area bands and parade marchers will be signing up right to the kick off of the 35th Annual Autumnfest weekend.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When it comes to ministering to the homeless, Associate Pastor Steve Bacon is a hands-on kind of guy.
In the basement of Harvest Community Church, heâ€™s got his hands on table saws, nail guns, chop saws and other power tools as the regionâ€™s only emergency shelter for homeless men undergoes a major makeover.
A medley of grants and charitable contributions helped pay for the project, including $130,000 from the Champlin Foundations, one of the stateâ€™s largest philanthropic organizations. But when it comes to elbow grease and technical expertise, Bacon is pretty much it.