Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ A coalition of non-profits and private companies has made the city ground zero for an experiment in consumer lending they hope will persuade state lawmakers to ban â€śpaydayâ€ť loans.
A joint venture of the United Way and the Capital Good Fund, the Woonsocket Payday Loan Alternative Program is slated to open its doors at 719 Front St. on Nov. 4.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s a lingering question on the mind of award-winning filmmaker and city native Derek Dubois.
Does anybody outside this struggling ex-mill town care about its plight and how the people who live here cope?
The adjunct film professor at Rhode Island College and the director of seven film shorts is well on his way to finding out. He just finished the trailer for his first feature-length film, a documentary that will explore the tough times through the lens of the cityâ€™s annual Autumnfest celebration.
WOONSOCKET â€” It came at the end of the day, but for Landmark Medical Center a decision by R.I. Department of Health Director Michael Fine supporting its acquisition by Prime Healthcare appears to be a major step forward toward a new beginning for the local 214-bed acute care hospital.
Fine issued decisions of approval on both change of effective control applications by Landmark and Prime late Friday, and also ruled favorably on their application for an acquisition under the stateâ€™s Hospital Conversion Act.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mayor Leo Fontaine has amended a campaign finance report submitted to the state Board of Elections this week after the original erroneously indicated he neither spent nor took in any money since the beginning of the month.
Richard Thornton, director of campaign finance for the state Board of Elections, said the corrected report was filed on Wednesday, a day after the deadline, and since it contains significantly new information from the original, Fontaine will be charged a $25 late fee.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Italian Workingmenâ€™s Clubâ€™s longtime commitment to helping out in the local community will be honored during a celebration of the private social organizationâ€™s 85th anniversary on Sunday.
Club President Marc Zagaglia said the anniversary celebration will begin in the clubâ€™s upstairs function room at 1 p.m. and include remarks by club members, city officials, and members of the cityâ€™s General Assembly delegation and possibly even U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, depending upon his Washington schedule.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As promised, Albert G. Beauparlant has come up with a fitting final bash for the cityâ€™s 125th anniversary celebration, and also the people he wants to carry it out.
During an informal kickoff for the project at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library Friday afternoon, Beauparlant handed the reins for the upcoming Dec. 11 event to Call Publisher Mary Lynn Bosiak and co-chair Erik Cartier, or, actually, a flag.
WOONSOCKET â€” The last chapter in the high-profile and emotional story of a killer at the center of a constitutional battle over the death penalty was written in U.S. District Court yesterday as Jason W. Pleau was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
From her office at the intersection of Dexter and Barton streets in Pawtucket, Jessica Mowry of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island says she sees â€śa vast increase in the number of folks who are chronically homeless.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City inspectors have ordered Dave and Charlene Densmore to shut down the elaborate Halloween house they built on their property, calling it a threat to public safety.
Featuring a witchâ€™s brew of ghosts, goblins and ghoulish creatures oozing fake blood, the labyrinthine structure is made from sections of recycled stockade fence, plastic tarps and salvage-yard specials. â€śFear for Food,â€ť as the Densmores call their concoction of creepy kitsch, is open to public for nothing more than the donation of a canned good, to be passed on to one of the local soup kitchens.
LINCOLN -- Wednesday was a day of mixed feelings for Russell E. Shipp, 51, of Pleasant Street. It was a day to remember the loss of his brother, Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Shipp, a Woonsocket native, in the terrorist attack on a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, 30 years ago to the day. Oct. 23 is also the day Shippâ€™s son Travis, now 24, was born in 1989.