Archive - 2014 - News Article
BELLINGHAM -- Brian Bender, the owner of Dennyâs Liquors, hasnât been so excited since Coors crossed the Mississippi.
After an absence of more than 20 years, Yuengling beer returns to package stores in the Bay State today, offering Rhode Island beer lovers yet another reason to spend their money on the other side of the state line.
âThis is big,â says Bender, whose store is a few hundred yards over the Woonsocket line. âI havenât seen demand like this since Coors came East.â
WOONSOCKET â It was fitting that Carol Nasuti was the final speaker on an afternoon that saw many people flock to the high schoolâs Saravia Gymnasium to remember the life of her late husband, George T. Nasuti.
With her oldest son Chris standing by her side on a maroon-colored podium that was decorated with maroon and white balloons â on top of this neat arrangement were two balloons with the same quote on each: âForever in our heartsâ â Carol showed the audience the pages of notes she was prepared to read from. She then pointed out that there was a problem.
WOONSOCKET â The fourth time proved to be the charm for Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr.
After coming close to landing a chief's job in three other Massachusetts towns in the past year or so, the Woonsocket police veteran hit paydirt in Hopkinton late Thursday, as the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to put Lee at the helm of its police force.
"It's exciting," Lee said Friday morning. "We've got to get ready for the Boston Marathon now."
WOONSOCKET â It wasnât Christmas, but it sure felt like a celebration when utility crews started flipping on street lights on Helene Rizoliâs street Wednesday night.
Residents came out of their houses clapping and cheering, and one even hugged Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was on hand to watch the National Grid bucket trucks do their work.
âIt did feel good,â said a smiling Baldelli-Hunt, who had made turning the street lights back on one of her most oft-repeated campaign promises.
For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Call.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The townâs ongoing school budget dispute appears to have caused an elected member of the School Committee, George Hemond, to tender his resignation effective Saturday.
Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton reported Hemondâs brief letter of resignation from the five-member committee, citing the budget dispute, was received at Town Hall earlier this week.
âHe indicated that he didnât feel he could do any further good because of the deterioration of the situation,â she said.
WOONSOCKET â They call it the freeze-thaw cycle, and itâs the reason motorists are bobbing and weaving through some of the nastiest pothole fields on city streets in years.
For public works crews, the ups and downs of the February thermometer bring a cycle of their own to deal with the bumper crop of potholes: It starts with a shovelful of âcold patchâ asphalt and goes something like this: Fill, tamp, repeat.
âFill it first, then level it off, then tamp,â says Mark Gelinas, a highway division worker armed with a special tool for flattening the sticky, tar-based fill.
LINCOLN â The Manville Fire District Board of Wardens says it now appears unlikely American LaFrance, the company contracted by the district in 2012 to build a new ladder truck, will be able to complete the job, but is assuring ratepayers the $300,000 deposit the district put down on the vehicle is protected and will not be lost.
WOONSOCKET â Itâs official: Michael A. Morin is the new state representative for House District 49.
The Woonsocket firefighter won his stripes as an unopposed Democratic candidate in yesterdayâs special election after finishing first in a three-way primary a month ago.
Morin was elected with just 233 votes. A total of 46 write-in ballots were cast against him for a variety of candidates.
âIâm just looking forward to getting going,â Morin said. âIt seems like the primary was six months ago already.â
WOONSOCKET â The state Budget Commission running city financial affairs indicated during its meeting in Harris Hall on Monday that it still has questions about a plan to implement a full-day kindergarten program in local schools in the fall and wonât consider the change until additional supportive information has been submitted by the School Department.
WOONSOCKET â In one of the biggest personnel moves sheâs made since taking office, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt appointed Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw as the next permanent chief of the Woonsocket Fire Department.
Shatraw, 48, is a 28-year veteran of the fire department who worked his way up through the ranks after starting out as a private in 1986.