Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â Richard D. Fazzio, 88, knows plenty about Woonsocketâs role in World War II after participating in the first wave landings on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
But Fazzio was interested in learning more about Woonsocketâs role in the military deceptions the U.S. Armyâs 23rd Headquarters Special Troops orchestrated during the fighting in Europe and went to the Stadium Theatre Thursday evening for the Rhode Island premiere of Rick Beyerâs documentary film âThe Ghost Army.â
WOONSOCKET â Shifting gears from campaigning to governing, mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt named the head of her transition efforts and called for a meeting with the Budget Commission within 10 days.
In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, Baldelli-Hunt said she wants the state-appointed commission to brief her on the condition of the cityâs finances.
âNow that the campaign is over, itâs time to start doing the important work of preparing to take office in December,â said Baldelli-Hunt.
WOONSOCKET â Voters may be suffering from battle fatigue after enduring a long and grueling mayoral contest, but itâs too soon to climb out of the foxhole just yet.
Thereâs going to be more political flak flying around the race for the soon-to-be vacant House seat of the mayor-elect, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49). Her resounding victory over two-term incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine Tuesday means she must resign from the House so the secretary of state can schedule a special election to identify her successor.
WOONSOCKET â State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) swept to victory in the mayorâs race last night before a raucous and cheering crowd of supporters who seemed to relish the moment as much as she did.
The House lawmaker, who is midway through her fourth term, trounced incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine by a margin of better than 2-1. The Board of Canvassers had the tally at 4,372-2,182.
WOONSOCKET -- The polls are closed and the votes are in: R.I. state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt beat out incumbent Mayor Leo Fontaine to become the next mayor. For details on the mayor's race and results on the City Council race, read Wednesday's Call.
Woonsocket residents have until 8 tonight to vote in the city's final off-year mayoral election.
The contested races, with state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt challenging incumbent Mayor Leo Fontaine and 14 candidates competing for seven City Council seats, are drawing moderate turnout on a clear but unseasonably cold day.
By 3 p.m., the city Board of Canvassers reported 3,865 votes had been cast, representing about 15 percent of the city's electorate.
UXBRIDGE â Firefighters from seven towns battled a fast-moving blaze Monday that gutted a single-family home on Johnson Street and left two people homeless.
The fire broke out around 1:50 p.m. at 86 Johnson Road, a two-story residential dwelling owned and occupied by Dea Useinoski and her boyfriend, Michael. The couple had lived in the home for the past five years.
The fire quickly spread and destroyed the home, which was unoccupied at the time, before it was brought under control shortly before 3 p.m. No injuries have been reported.
WOONSOCKET â The city will open 11 polling places in citywide elections for mayor and City Council tomorrow, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
WOONSOCKET â Youâve heard the rhetoric, youâve listened to the ads, youâve seen the signs. Now itâs almost time to choose the candidates who will serve as mayor and members of the City Council for the next three years.
After one of the most spirited contests in years, voters will choose between incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt when the polls open tomorrow at 8 a.m. City elections are non-partisan, but for what itâs worth, Fontaine is a Republican who is seeking his third term. Baldelli-Hunt is a Democrat who has served in the House since 2006.
Woonsocket, mayoral candidate Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says, has a branding problem.
Campaigning door-to-door across the city, rather than just in the 49th state representative district she has served at the Statehouse for the last several years, has made her think of parts of the community that outsiders donât always see.