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January 20th

House District 49 primary today

January 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Don’t forget to vote in today’s Democratic primary for the House District 49 seat previously held by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.
Because the primary is limited to electors who live within the geographic boundaries of District 49, the only polling places open are four sites within the district.

They are Crepeau Court, 100 Front St.; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; and Fairmont Heights, 525 Second Ave.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to the Board of Canvassers.

January 19th

Clergy, activists keep King’s spirit alive

January 19, 2014

In the early 1960s, Rev. Sammy C. Vaughan was a young seaman in the Navy when Dr. Martin Luther King marched on Washington and organized his nonviolent protests in Alabama at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement.

While Vaughan was unable to directly participate in those campaigns of civil resistance, he understood what was at stake and remembers vividly the sense of awe he felt for King and his nonviolent protests against racial segregation and economic injustice.

For full story, see today's Call and today's Times, page A1.

January 18th

Antiques shop gets new digs

January 18, 2014

Frank and Tammy Irwin took a gamble on the city’s Main Street business district when they opened their Timeless Antiques & Collectibles store, back in March of 2012, and it appears they picked a winner.

Not only have the Irwins done well gathering and selling area memory pieces, traditional antique offerings, jewelry and nic knacks, they are also a growing business and an example of what could be possible for many other small business owners in the city one-time ‘premiere business district.

January 17th

Three Democratic hopefuls to meet Tuesday in primary

January 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s time to put a lawmaker from District 49 back in the House of Representatives again.

The special election to fill the seat previously held by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt gets under way on Tuesday.

Officially, it’s a Democratic primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the general election on Feb. 25.

There are three contestants in the race, Michael A. Morin, Douglas T. Brown and Mark L. Chenot.

Full story is available on Page 1 of Saturday's Call.

January 16th

BREAKING NEWS: Daniel Britt found safe in Washington state

January 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It took police and child protective services spanning the nation, but 6-year-old Daniel Britt was found safe and sound Thursday after his mother, Andria Britt, turned herself into Washington state authorities.

“I am really relieved and I’m happy that my son is safe,” Daniel’s father, Sean Britt, said while appearing at a Woonsocket Police Department press conference announcing the happy ending to the worries over his son’s safety.

Chamber president encouraged by governor’s budget proposals

January 16, 2014

LINCOLN – Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s budget proposal to lower the state’s corporate tax rate by a third – from the current 9 percent to 6 percent – if Congress allows states to start collecting sales tax on online purchases was enough to put a smile on the face of Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President John Gregory.

In fact, what Chafee proposes “is a little more aggressive” than even the business community’s. “We thought of reducing it from 9 (percent) to 7 (percent), he did 9 to 6.

BREAKING NEWS: Daniel Britt found safe

January 16, 2014

Daniel Britt, 6, the subject of an Amber Alert since Wednesday, has been located safely in Washington state tonight, Woonsocket police have confirmed.

He and his mother, Andria Britt, have not been seen since Jan. 3.

Andria Britt is in custody in Washington, said police.

The Amber Alert has been cancelled. Police have called a 10 p.m. news conference.

Further details as they become available.

In case you missed it: RI National Guard members return home to families

January 16, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – They missed the holidays with their families while completing a mission in Afghanistan, but 10 members of the 282nd Combat Communications Squadron wore only smiles on Tuesday as they returned to their R.I. Air National Guard base off Old Oxford Road and were welcomed home by their excited and thankful families and friends.

THIS JUST IN: Voter ID drive Friday in Woonsocket

January 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will hold “voter ID drives” in three locations Friday before the state’s first election requiring voters to show photo IDs takes place here on Tuesday.
Raina Smith, spokeswoman for Mollis, said the events are an opportunity for voters planning to cast ballots in the Democratic primary to get free photo identification cards that will be accepted at polling places.
The contest for the vacant House District 49 seat will be the first full test of the voter ID law.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Uxbridge takes stand on free sand

January 16, 2014

UXBRIDGE – Call it sand abuse.
Town residents who get free sand for their driveways and walkways from the town's Public Works Department will now have to follow new rules or risk getting their winter sand privileges taken away.
Like many communities, the town has allowed its residents to take winter sand from the Highway Department garage on Hecla Street, but the Board of Selectmen was forced to come up with a new winter sand use policy due to past incidents of misuse and abuse.

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