Archive - 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” RiverzEdge Arts Project has launched an â€śemergency moving fundâ€ť to offset the cost of relocation and losses due to the disruption of operations after being forced out of Le Moulin complex in Market Square earlier this month.
Program Manager Brad Fesmire says RiverzEdge is facing $65,000 in unexpected expenses, including lost business, grant suspensions, and cost of refurbishing temporary quarters at Second Avenue School.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Reducing the high rate of residential and commercial vacancies in the city is the aim of a new subcommittee of the City Council that will hold its first meeting on Monday.
The formation of the subcommittee was spearheaded by freshman Councilman Garrett Mancieri and was approved by the council recently. Mancieri is now the chairman and other appointees include David Soucy, president of Soucy Insurance Agency; Denise Sierra, president of the Burrito Co. restaurant; Sandra Saillant of Shear Odyssey Hair Salon; and Thomas Wrona, a former teacher.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A former Revere, Mass., educator has filed an application with the Rhode Island Department of Education to establish a regional mayoral academy that would serve students from Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville.
Rosalind Murphy filed the application for the school in partnership with Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, an organization co-founded by Michael Magee, the current CEO, and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee in 2008 to provide technical support and other assistance to mayoral academies.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Quick, what do Superman, President Barack Obama and screen actor Jason Statham all have in common?
Yeah, theyâ€™re all men with an uber-high public profile. Celebrities, you might say.
Then thereâ€™s Detective Sgt. Phil Kamer, a 16-year veteran of the Woonsocket Police Department: Heâ€™s no celebrity, but with a little luck he could end up in the same place as the Man of Steel, Obama and the tough-guy actor â€“ on the cover of the largest menâ€™s fitness magazine in the country.
WOONSOCKET â€“ UnitedHealthcare of New England is seeking the Department of Healthâ€™s approval to cut Landmark Medical Center and 52 of its physicians from the medical insurerâ€™s coverage network, a move that would affect thousands of northern Rhode Islanders who regularly use Landmark.
The request comes after United and Landmark, newly acquired by the California-based for-profit hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services, were unable to iron out a new contract when the hospital emerged from receivership last year.
LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire started at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesdayâ€™s newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man who was hospitalized after fighting with his roommate outside a Fairmount bar on Friday died at Rhode Island Hospital two days later, the police disclosed Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman Detective Jamie Paone declined to identify the victim, saying the investigation is continuing. But she said the roommate, Alan Klemanchuck, 58, of Woonsocket, presently faces charges of domestic felony assault.
PROVIDENCE â€“ On a fittingly balmy spring Monday, there were signs of a thaw in Woonsocketâ€™s relationship with its police union as the state-appointed Budget Commission retroactively approved a contract for fiscal 2013 with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite an early fundraising setback, COPS Walk is forging ahead this spring and hopes to outstrip last yearâ€™s totals, said Lt. Edward Cunanan.
â€śWeâ€™ve been lucky,â€ť he says. â€śFor each of the last several years, weâ€™ve raised more money than the year before.â€ť
It will be harder than ever to maintain the streak, says Cunanan, but participants are still going to try. Organizers have two events scheduled in the days ahead, including a â€śSpring Flingâ€ť at Ciroâ€™s Tavern on Cherry on April 26 and a comedy dinner at the Father Marot CYO Center on May 3.
MILLVILLE â€“ For Justin Oâ€™Connell, 2013 was supposed to be The Year.
After years of training, after the struggle just to learn how to walk again, that was the year he was supposed to complete his first marathon â€“ the Boston Marathon.
As he reached Mile 24, just a couple short of the finish line, Oâ€™Connell saw the cell phones come out and people talking in excited, panicky tones. Soon word had spread among the marathoners: Some kind of bombs had exploded near the finish line. Then the fences went up, the race halted.