Archive - 2014 - News Article
UXBRIDGE â Steve Butler may be the most popular host of a do-it-yourself TV-show youâve never heard of.
For the last three years, the artist and furniture maker has been producing a how-to show from a single-car garage on North Main Street thatâs carried on more than 400 cable television stations in 45 states and several foreign countries, from Hawaii to South Africa.
BURRILLVILLE â The Pascoag Fire District Board of Commissioners has denied a petition request to reinstate Pascoag Firefighter Edward Blanchard, who now says he has no choice but to file a lawsuit.
WOONSOCKET -- Richard Fazzio has told his story of surviving the first wave of landings at Omaha Beach more times than he can count, as the 70th anniversary of that day is marked.
The 89-year-old resident of Mowry Street was there at the very first moments of the frightening and deadly beginning to the invasion of Nazi-held Europe.
Fazzio was the coxswain, or driver, of a Higgins boat, a landing craft designed to carry soldiers from a ship to a beachhead and set them on the way with the dropping of the ramp covering the bow of the boat.
WOONSOCKET â On the eve of graduation, it was part farewell present from seniors, part memorial tribute to a beloved educator gone too soon. And it will last forever.
In a touching ceremony on the grounds of Woonsocket High School, the city dedicated the schoolâs circular entry road to the late Athletic Director George Nasuti.
WOONSOCKET â Fresh out of college and teaching history in a public high school in Revere, Mass., Rosalind Murphy could see something in many of her students that they were somehow incapable of seeing in themselves.
Call it potential.
âSome of my students didnâtâ know how capable they actually were and how smart they were or that they actually could make the grade and be the student that goes on to college,â she says. âAlthough I saw that in them every day, they didnât see it in themselves.â
WOONSOCKET â The City Council last night approved Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâs first proposed budget, a $129.7 million spending plan that would hike residential property taxes about 5 percent.
The figure may come as a surprise because the Budget Commissionâs five-year financial rehabilitation plan for the city calls for increases in the overall levy of 4 percent a year, the maximum allowed by law.
BURRILLVILLE â A newspaper carrier for The Call called 911 and helped wake up a man after noticing his home on Chapel Street was on fire during his morning route Sunday.
Nicholas Belanger, 29, a Call carrier for the past 10 years, was dropping off bundles of newspapers at the Liâl General store just after 2 a.m. Sunday when he spotted smoke and flames coming from the back of a duplex located four house up the street at 451 Chapel St., which is located in heart of Harrisville village.
WOONSOCKET â Jacob Jodoin knew he was in trouble.
He was plenty willing to work hard, but four years after graduating from the cityâs technical high school, heâd held nothing but a series of dead-end jobs.
Sometimes he worked 17 hours a day, alternating between prep cook and delivery boy at a pizza parlor. His boss wouldnât even pay him overtime.
âIt was killing me,â says Jodoin, now 21. âI knew I had to do something.â
BOSTON â When seven-year-old Tyler Seddon of Burrillville has his life-saving cord blood transplant at Tufts Medical Center early next week, the most critical part of the entire procedure will be the roughly three-week period following the transplant.
âDuring those three weeks weâre waiting for the new cells to come in, but thereâs also a high risk for infection,â says Dr. Michael Kelly, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Tufts Medical Center and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.
WOONSOCKET â A legal claim seeking more than $2 million in damages has been filed against the Woonsocket Education Department by a veteran teacher who claims she was fired in 2013 for protesting improper budget cuts in special education programs.
Cynthia Boss claims school officials were unlawfully shifting special education students into regular classrooms at the same time their performance auditors were recommending a 5 percent cut in the special education budget.