Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Northern Rhode Islandâ€™s foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but itâ€™s improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.
LINCOLN â€“ Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The school department and members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild appear to be coming down to the wire on settlement of a new contract.
The Teachers Guild scheduled separate ratification meetings with its 482 represented teachers and 99 paraprofessionals for late this afternoon but whether they are held as planned could depend on resolution of last-minute issues involving the state Department of Educationâ€™s position on Basic Education Plan requirements.
WOONSOCKET â€“ He looked like he just walked off the set of the Dead End Kids, but the dark-eyed boy from Boston spoke in a soft voice without a hint of swagger.
Some of Johnny Martoranoâ€™s classmates assumed his parents had sent him to Mount St. Charles Academy in 1955 because he needed some straightening out.
â€śThe boarders were a thing of mystery,â€ť says John â€śClemâ€ť McLaughlin, a Cumberland native who now lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. â€śMaybe they didnâ€™t have a Catholic high school in their area, like me. Many parents sent their kids to Mount because the discipline was good.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A food fight among siblings got out of hand Saturday when a 19-year-old woman allegedly went after her brother with a fork.
Mary Gemma of 249 Grove St. was charged with one count of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony.
The brother, Christopher Duclos, 25, is also facing misdemeanor charges for pushing his sister and slapping her in the face â€“ before she armed herself with the utensil.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farmâ€™s east field, one of five sites and the primary parcel identified in an evaluation of town-owned properties that have the potential to provide a new source of municipal groundwater.
The Cumberland Water Department has contracted with Layne Christensen Company of Dracut, Mass. to drill test wells and conduct short term pumping tests in late August or early September when groundwater levels are expected to be at their lowest.
WOONSOCKET î ş Opponents went down fighting as Mayor Leo T. Fontaine narrowly won the authorization he needs to privatize a proposed $50 million water treatment plant from the Budget Commission.
The long impasse over privatization finally broke on a 3-2 vote Friday as Fontaine and Commissioner Peder Schaefer lobbed verbal grenades at each other from opposite sides of the issue.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Ophelia Soe wanted to succeed in her new home after coming to Providence from Liberia but needed a little help to do so.
Enter the staff at the Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning program. They helped Soe, a Providence resident, to get the support in completing English, reading and math courses she needed to get into a college program at the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The state-appointed Budget Commission approved a pair of resolutions Friday designed to raise more than $12 million to smooth out cash flow problems, either in the form of an advance in state education aid or a short-term bank loan.
On the recommendation of Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce, the commission unanimously approved both measures, but he said it still remains to be seen which mechanism would be used to raise the cash.
WOONSOCKET â€” Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâ€™s artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
Vitali says heâ€™s noticing an increased amount of graffiti across Pawtucket and itâ€™s not just city walls, storefronts and local businesses splattered with paint.