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September 26th

Strangers reported trying to lure Woonsocket pupils into cars near schools

September 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The School Department on Thursday issued a warning to parents to be on the alert after multiple incidents of suspicious people approaching local students near their schools.

Patrick McGee, director of curriculum, and Peter Fontaine, director of security and facilities, put out the warning to parents through the department’s communication system after meeting with Police Detective Matt Ryan on the incidents.

“Detective Matt Ryan has made us aware of suspicious male

Budget Commission authorizes filling WFD vacancies with volunteer firefighters

September 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Fire Department would become the only urban fire district in the state to employ on-call volunteers under a cost-cutting edict issued this week by the Budget Commission – under the threat of a lawsuit from the firefighters union.

The on-call order was included in a two-part “enactment” which also forces members of Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters onto a cheaper health plan after the union’s contract expires on July 1, 2014.

Dive club staging comedy fundraiser Saturday night

September 26, 2013

BLACKSTONE – The Diverdors dive club, a small informal group of men and
women who share a common interest in the sport of scuba diving, is looking for help.

Since its inception in 1961, the non-profit club has promoted and
encouraged interest in underwater diving sports. All club members are
nationally certified scuba divers, from Open Water to Divemaster. The Dive Club has always been available to proffers services, knowledge and general assistance to and with local civic and municipal organizations engaged in aquatic safety, rescue and recovery operations.

September 25th

Schools’ funding appeal bound for high court

September 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The appeal filed by the local school department and Pawtucket in a challenge of the adequacy of the state aid formula for distressed urban districts could be heading to a hearing by the state Supreme Court.

Stephen Robinson, a Rhode Island education attorney hired by the communities, gave the Woonsocket School Committee that forecast while updating it on the legal case during the panel’s meeting in the Woonsocket Middle School cafeteria Wednesday.

Out with grass, in with synthetic turf at Cumberland High

September 25, 2013

CUMBERLAND — 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.

Weiss to be honored by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council at Oct. 3 dinner

September 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words “tenacious” and “pugnacious” 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.

Council candidates bemoan Budget Commission, city's negative image, at election forum

September 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – It’s never too late to say you’re sorry – for calling in the Budget Commission, that is.
As they gathered for their first public debate at Chan’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.
“We need to tell them to stop treating our council like dirt,” said challenger Kathryn M. Dumais. “We need to take back Woonsocket.”

September 24th

Fontaine, Baldelli-Hunt trade barbs over city’s economic misfortunes

September 24, 2013

WOONSOCKET – It didn’t take long for sparks to start flying as the mayoral candidates squared off in their first debate-style forum at Chan’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.

Landmark deal wins HSC nod

September 24, 2013

PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Health’s full Health Services Council on Tuesday gave an overwhelmingly vote of support to the proposed acquisition of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center by Prime Healthcare of California.

September 23rd

Greyhound attacked by pit bull dies

September 23, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The rescue greyhound from Saint Paul Street that was attacked by a neighbor’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.

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