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May 29th

Come check out Main Street Saturday

May 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A new approach to hooking up commercial and retail tenants with downtown rental spaces will be spearheaded this weekend by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
“The Woonsocket Main Street Open House” is “first and foremost an effort to fill vacancies,” said Ainsley Cantoral, director of resource development for NeighborWorks, a private, non-profit agency in the city.

School board to weigh teacher recalls Thursday evening

May 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee will consider recalling another group of laid-off teachers tonight at 5 in the Hamlet Middle School as it wraps up work on staffing for the coming school year.
The panel laid off 59 of its teachers in February to reserve leeway for making staffing changes that might be required in finalizing next year’s budget. The School Committee has already rehired 36 of the teachers during earlier committee action leaving 23 still on layoff.
The state Budget Commission running city affairs also approved the recommended earlier recalls.

State takeover of Woonsocket schools? Chances are 'very slim'

May 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Amid a looming cash crunch, city officials are once again floating the idea of a state takeover of city schools as a way through the fiscal morass.
But Dave Abbott, the deputy commissioner of education, all but closed the door on a Central Falls-style takeover of the Woonsocket Education Department.
In an interview, Abbott gauged the chances of the Rhode Island Department of Education taking of the WED as “very slim.”

May 28th

Man stabbed over TV remote

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Stanislaw Okruta, 78, and his downstairs neighbor, Julien Stroz, 61, are friendly enough to watch TV together, but when an argument erupted over the remote control Sunday one of them ended up in the hospital.
Stroz was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with stab wounds to his head, arm and torso – the result of what he called “a little fight” with Okruta, according to police reports.
Because Stroz adamantly declined to file a complaint against him, Okruta was not charged with any crime, according to Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan.

4-day school weeks a possibility in proposed calendar

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Could four-day school weeks be coming to Woonsocket?
It’s possible, if a bill that passed the Senate last week manages to find its way to becoming law.
Introduced by State Senator Roger Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), the bill doesn’t mandate four-day school weeks. But with the state’s consent, school districts could adopt any sort of calendar they deem fit, so long as the school year provides no less than 1,080 hours of instructional time, the equivalent of the existing 180-day minimum.

Crossbow Killer seeks new trial -- author friend comes to his defense

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Seventeen years after his conviction in the road rage killing of another man with a powerful crossbow, Donald Graham is seeking a new trial with help from a friend in Alaska who has written a book about him.
Now 73, Graham is serving life without parole in the 1994 slaying of 42-year-old Michael Blodgett on the shoulder of I-95 in Attleboro, near the state line.

May 27th

Firefighter documentary to be shown in Lincoln

May 27, 2013

LINCOLN – “BURN,” an independent documentary film capturing a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters, is coming to Rhode Island and the film’s director wants to see you at the screenings.

May 26th

Howard’s quest to quash feral cat explosion

May 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Imagine a creature that reaches reproductive maturity at six months old, gives birth to six or seven offspring at a time and loves having unprotected sex as often as possible.
No, it’s not some mythic species invented by Hollywood, but the common cat gone wild. By some estimates, one feral four-legger and her offspring can spawn a colony of 5,000 cats in just three years.
No wonder Pam Howard is such a busy lady.

Battling PTSD with other veterans helped Hebert cope after WW II

May 26, 2013

CUMBERLAND – It’s been 68 years since Wilfrid E. Hebert, 91, returned home from World War II and he has spent much of that time coming to terms with his days as a B-17 crew member flying missions over Europe.
Hebert, an ex-POW and a resident of Flat Street, can tell you what helped him most through his troubled times and also about the things he still grapples with when holidays such as Memorial Day arrive.

May 25th

Senior center to trigger debate at Town Meeting (Wednesday)

May 25, 2013

BLACKSTONE – At least two members of the Board of Selectmen say they are prepared to buck the Finance Committee’s recommendation and make a case on Town Meeting floor for why voters should approve $75,000 to fund a feasibility study for a new senior center.
Expressing the most discontent is Selectman Paul S. Haughey, who chastised the FinCom earlier this week, saying the board’s decision to not recommend passage of the senior center article is an injustice to the town’s senior citizens.

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