Archive - 2013 - News Article
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€“ The Gianakis family has been running successful restaurants from Florida to Worcester for years, but they might want to keep an eye on nanny-state politicians campaigning against generous food portions.
Some might think their roast beef sandwiches are too big to be legal.
Now, the proprietors of Major League Roast Beef & Wings have brought their super-size bites to 67 Cumberland St., a place where local officials urge food lovers to splurge with freedom-loving abandon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Board of Canvassers certified Councilman Marc A. Dubois as a candidate for reelection Wednesday, triggering a primary for 15 candidates in all.
The move ended a few hours of early suspense as the campaign season officially began, because all the other candidates were certified the night before. Dubois showed up at City Hall 25 minutes before the deadline Tuesday afternoon â€“ too late for the canvassing staff to validate the signatures on his nomination papers.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It started out as a call to police dispatch that an intoxicated female had just pulled a false fire alarm, and it went downhill from there.
The ensuing pandemonium at 126 Earle St. Sunday included a confrontation with a knife-wielding woman barricading the front door of her apartment, and a violent wrestling match with a man who was allegedly reaching for a steak knife before police could get him in handcuffs.
Two people ended up in custody, including Thomas Patrick Biagetti, 49, who was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting Officer Linden Karsner.
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.