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June 11th

Vintage restaurant closes doors indefinitely

June 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Vintage Restaurant, which promised to set the city’s standard for fine dining when it opened nearly two decades ago, abruptly closed its doors this week.

The somber news was confirmed by the owner of the business, Michael Danahy, who also runs the Blue Grotto on Providence’s Federal Hill.

“It was a good experience, a wonderful community,” said Danahy.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Call.

June 10th

WTG campaigning hard against proposed RISE academy

June 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The local teachers union has launched an incendiary public campaign attacking the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy as the Rhode Island Department of Education began soliciting public feedback to help determine whether to grant the school a charter.

Jeffrey Partington, president of the 600-member Woonsocket Teachers Guild, says mayoral academies “cherry-pick” the best students, drain resources from public schools and segregate students based on abilities, language and race.

June 9th

9 people overcome by fumes

June 9, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Nine people were sickened – two badly enough to be hospitalized – after gasoline fumes wafted through a dentist’s office at 262 Main St. in Harrisville Monday morning.
Emergency responders arrived at the offices of Dr. Allen E. Schenck about 9:27 a.m. thinking they might be dealing with a case of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said. But Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department said officers learned the noxious vapors were from a snow blower stored in the basement.

June 8th

Cumberland keeping tax rate level

June 8, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council has approved Mayor Daniel McKee’s final town budget by a 5-2 majority vote.

The budget was approved unchanged from McKee’s proposal for a total general fund budget of $88,032,456 for 2014-15 that is expected to keep the same $17.08 per $1,000 tax rate now supporting the town’s current budget.

The sum includes $58,484,710 for schools, which provides an additional $1.8 million in increased state aid and local support.

June 7th

A star is ‘The Garage’

June 7, 2014

UXBRIDGE – Steve Butler may be the most popular host of a do-it-yourself TV-show you’ve 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 that’s carried on more than 400 cable television stations in 45 states and several foreign countries, from Hawaii to South Africa.

June 6th

Fired Pascoag firefighter to sue

June 6, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – 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.

June 5th

On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Richard Fazzio looks back on his narrow escape

June 5, 2014

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.

June 4th


June 4, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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 school’s circular entry road to the late Athletic Director George Nasuti.

June 3rd

Educator, 25, proposes city-based charter school for region’s students

June 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

“Some of my students didn’t’ 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,” she says. “Although I saw that in them every day, they didn’t see it in themselves.”

Tax hike likely in Woonsocket

June 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The City Council last night approved Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s 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 Commission’s 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.

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