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January 25th

Historic Millville mansion gets a makeover

January 25, 2014

MILLVILLE — It’s probably safe to assume that DaVinci didn’t worry about how much the paint cost when he was creating the Mona Lisa.

That’s sort of how John Scungio feels about 5 Central St.

For the home restoration carpenter, resurrecting the landmark Greek Revival that dominates the main crossroads of this sleepy village is the work of a lifetime.
“It’s going to be a challenge,” he says. “It’s going to take all my talents to bring it back to the way it was.”

BREAKING NEWS: SHOTS FIRED IN WOONSOCKET

January 25, 2014

By The Call Staff
WOONSOCKET – Police said they have one person in custody after a shooting incident on Saturday morning in the city.

January 24th

Gast friends plan benefit

January 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET — A benefit has been launched by friends of Stuart Gast Jr., a developmentally disabled man who died unexpectedly after chasing a thief who stole his dog carrier Monday.

Lisa Jean of Blackstone said the proceeds will be used to offset Gast’s funeral expenses, but any surplus will be donated to the Woonsocket Special Olympics Team. Gast had been an enthusiastic participant in Special Olympics for many years.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call.

January 23rd

Morin’s officially the winner in House District 49

January 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Michael A. Morin secured his win in the city’s Democratic primary for its District 49 state representative seat on Thursday, adding slightly to his margin of victory over second-place finisher Douglas T. Brown with the counting of remaining paper and provisional ballots at the state Board of Elections in Providence.

THIS JUST IN: Missing teen found safe

January 23, 2014

BELLINGHAM - A 17-year-old Bellingham youth missing since Jan. 14 has been located in Columbus, Ohio, police said Thursday.
Police say Daniel Ray Bell was located Wednesday with assistance of Columbus police and is in custody awaiting the arrival of his family.
Bell was last seen by friends on Jan. 14 at the Bellingham Public Library on Blackstone Street. His parents, who reported him missing, believed Bell was on his way or already in the Columbus Ohio area as of late last week –Call Staff

A theft, a chase, an untimely death in Woonsocket.

January 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Developmentally challenged and diagnosed with epilepsy, Stuart Gast Jr. hadn’t had a seizure in more than eight years.
But his symptoms came back unexpectedly on Monday after Gast had a bizarre encounter with a thief who stole his dog carrier outside his apartment at John F. Kennedy Manor.
And within hours, Gast, 33, was dead.
“I can’t even find the words to explain how badly I feel about this,” says Lisa Jean, a family friend. “There aren’t any. You can’t even take your dog for a walk anymore without something like this happening.”

January 22nd

Morin not in just yet

January 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Michael A. Morin appears to have eked out a victory over Douglas T. Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for a House vacancy, but there were still enough uncounted mail and provisional ballots to keep the results in question until they’re counted this afternoon.

With Morin ahead by just 37 votes on machine ballots, he wasn’t claiming victory just yet, and Brown wasn’t ready to concede.

Before the race is settled, there are still 58 more votes to be counted, including 45 absentees, according to Greg McBurney of the state Board of Elections.

January 21st

Lawmakers unveil workforce plan for R.I.

January 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Reversing rampant unemployment and turning Rhode Island’s woeful economy around have been the stated priorities of the state legislature for several years running, but businesses still can’t find employees qualified to do the work that needs to be done.
“The jobs and skills gap in Rhode Island is in crisis,” Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed declared Tuesday, as she laid out the Senate’s “Rhode to Work” action plan to promote education and job training “for today’s unemployed and tomorrow’s workforce.
Read the full story in today's Call.

UPDATE: Polls are open for primary, close at 8 p.m.

January 21, 2014

WOONSOCKET -- The polling places for today’s special primary election in House District 49
are: Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, 60 Florence Drive; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; and Fairmount Heights, 525 Second Avenue.
Polls close at 8 p.m.

January 20th

Planned boulevard renaming to honor MLK

January 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: It’s got a nice ring to it, says Emma Dandy, chairwoman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Committee.

“That’s our common task, to get this named Martin Luther King Boulevard,” she told a crowd gathered for a memorial service at the King Memorial Garden on South Main Street yesterday.

Full story is available on page A1 of Tuesday's Call.

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