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June 18th

Hitman's humble past

June 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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 Martorano’s classmates assumed his parents had sent him to Mount St. Charles Academy in 1955 because he needed some straightening out.
“The boarders were a thing of mystery,” says John “Clem” McLaughlin, a Cumberland native who now lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. “Maybe they didn’t have a Catholic high school in their area, like me. Many parents sent their kids to Mount because the discipline was good.”

June 17th

Siblings charged in domestic incident

June 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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 – before she armed herself with the utensil.

Water-source test drilling on horizon

June 17, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farm’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.

Commission votes in favor of DBO for new water treatment plant

June 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET  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.

June 16th

Adult learning grads step up to higher education

June 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.

June 15th

Panel OKs measures that help raise cash

June 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.

All graffiti is not necessarily deemed artwork

June 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the city’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 he’s noticing an increased amount of graffiti across Pawtucket and it’s not just city walls, storefronts and local businesses splattered with paint.

June 14th

JUBILATION IN WOONSOCKET

June 14, 2013

Woonsocket High School graduates shout and applaud as they celebrate during the end of commencement exercises on Friday night. The school handed out 295 diplomas.

Are jurors influenced by social media?

June 14, 2013

Reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is an 83-year-old man federal prosecutors say was responsible for 19 murders before he went on the lam in 1994.
Jodi Arias is a 32-year-old ex-waitress from Arizona who’s facing the death penalty in the grisly killing of her lover, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face.
As criminal types, they have about as much in common as rocks and birds. But here’s something that may help them both: In the age of social media, it’s easier than ever for the jurors sitting in their cases to screw up.

Community clebrates the city’s 125th birthday at Ciro’s

June 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – When you celebrate a 125th birthday, it helps to have a very large cake.
And it was a good thing Pauline Dubois and her son, Michael, had made a cake four-feet by three-feet in the shape of the city of Woonsocket given the number of people showing up at Ciro’s Tavern on Cherry Street Thursday night to celebrate Woonsocket’s incorporation as a city 125 years ago.

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