Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ As the cascade of frothy water gushed through a concrete sluice en-route to the Blackstone River, it looked as pristine as a waterfall in the Rocky Mountains.
The observers from the state division of Public Utilities and Carriers (PUC) seemed disappointed.
â€śWhen does the dirty water come out?â€ť one asked.
Acting Water Supt. Marc Viggiani paused a moment before answering.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Maybe itâ€™s a garden-variety traffic stop or a kitchen squabble between husband and wife, maybe something more serious.
More often than ever, the cops sent to find out what happened run into a fundamental barrier: They donâ€™t speak the same language as the people involved.
Who you gonna call?
At the Woonsocket Police Department, the go-to guy is Patrolman Enrique Sosa, the cityâ€™s only Spanish-speaking cop.
â€śYou can tell by the look on their faces, sometimes theyâ€™re shocked,â€ť he said. â€śOften you can tell thereâ€™s a sense of relief, too.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” School Committeewoman Anita McGuire-Forcier, a former chair of the panel, was reported to be undergoing treatment at Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday night after being struck by a car in front of the Rhode Island State House.
Forcier, a staunch advocate of the cityâ€™s need for added funding for its school children, was reported to have been at the State House to testify at a hearing before the accident occurred.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Police were investigating a report of gunfire occurring during the robbery of a home at 160 Cherry Farm Road Wednesday evening that did not result in injury to the residents at home during the incident.
Acting Police Chief Lareto P. Guglietta said members of his department were working with Woonsocket Police on the 7:20 p.m. shooting incident and arrests were expected.
WOONSOCKET â€” The health workers union at Landmark Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with a New Jersey hospital group whose offer to buy the struggling hospital last November was never considered because it missed a bid deadline.
Landmark Hospital Holdco LLC surfaced after the Superior Court granted exclusive bargaining rights for the assets of Landmark Health Systems to Prime Healthcare Services of California.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) hasnâ€™t forgotten about the cityâ€™s Place Jolicoeur monument.
The monument â€“ a war memorial that had long since blended into the background of city life â€“ got its 15 minutes of fame last year when the FFRF wrote to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine demanding that the Latin cross atop the structure be removed because it rests on city property and thus improperly gives government sanction to a religious symbol.
Rebecca Markert of the FFRF told The Call Monday it has not dropped its objection to the memorial.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A pit bull dog came to the defense of his owner after he was seriously injured by a man who attacked him with a golf club Monday, police said.
The dog was in the yard when Matthew Jones allegedly bashed two people, Josef Tallo, 27, and Fatima DaSilva, 25, in the head with the club outside their 216 Grove St. apartment shortly after 7 p.m.
Jones, 38, who had been partying at a house next door, was bitten on the calf, hand and chin by the dog, according to Detective Jamie Paone.
WOONSOCKET â€“ State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) has signaled to the Budget Commission that she might not support the panelâ€™s request for a $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, at least as itâ€™s currently proposed.
Baldelli-Hunt said the plan puts too much of the burden on the owners of single-family homes and condos at the expense of all other classes of properties.
Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song will be the featured event at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. With the Celtic harp, tin whistles, fiddle, button accordian and bodhran (Irish drum), Phil Edmonds, originally from County Clare, and Mary King, Rhode Island musician for decades, bring the sweet sounds of traditional Irish music and Irish folk tales for a fun, engaging program. Audience participation is encouraged. Their Celtic Music & Stories also features an introduction to Irish step dancing where the audience can learn to dance and perform in the show.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Rotary Club of Woonsocketâ€™s annual Vocational Services Award will be presented to Cathy Levesque, executive Director of the Stadium Theater Foundation, at a May 9 dinner at Saviniâ€™s Restaurant in Woonsocket.