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WOONSOCKET â Local firefighters know that plenty of training is needed to make sure everyone remains safe during an emergency, and that also applies to the possibility of a case of the Ebola virus sickening someone in the city some day.
So on Tuesday, Woonsocket Rescue crew members joined the staff at Landmark Medical Center in testing their practices for handling just that sort of a crisis with a coordinated drill outside the hospital.
PROVIDENCE â The race looked close as the first precincts began to report results from the Rhode Island governorâs race, but in the end, Democrat Gina Raimondo was victorious. Raimondo, who beat Republican Allan Fung with 40.1 percent of the vote, is the first woman to be elected governor in the Ocean State.
âRhode Island is ready for a governor who is going to turn this state around,â Raimondo said in her victory speech, going on to repeat a campaign slogan: âItâs time to get Rhode Island back to work.â
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Rhode Island has been stagnating for too long now, mired in the morass of a failing economy that threatens to suck us all under like quicksand.
We still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008, and that extended period of weakness and fiscal frailty makes it all the more difficult to pull ourselves out of the hole.
Our state desperately needs a leader to step forward, one who has the courage to confront difficult problems and the wisdom and judgment find the best way to solve them.
Gina Raimondo is that leader.
WOONSOCKET â Bethany Marslandâs love affair with Champâs began when she was barely tall enough to see above the counter of the historic dining car.
As a little girl, she remembers telling the brothers who ran the place, Roger and Gerry Champagne, that she wanted a restaurant just like theirs when she grew up.
âI loved it,â she says. âMy mother used to take me there forever, for as long as Roger and Gerry had the place.â
The proprietor of a long string of successful restaurants in the city over the years, Marsland is about to open another. But it wonât be like Champâs.
WOONSOCKET â A Providence County grand jury has indicted a city man on 10 charges stemming from a one-day crime spree that allegedly included an attempted home invasion, a police pursuit and a carjacking during which he shot a man in the foot.
PAWTUCKET â Call it a case of punch-drunk love.
A Woonsocket woman was charged with false report of a crime, among other offenses, after she told police her ex-boyfriend had struck her, when it turns out that she had punched herself in the face, then chased him back to his apartment, police officials said.
WOONSOCKET â Six businesses â four of them from out of state â are relocating their operations into vacant commercial buildings in the city, including the cavernous shell of Walmart, whose 2011 exit is often blamed for dragging down the cityâs retail strip. The 1919 Diamond Hill Road building is to be purchased by Ardent Displays & Packaging of East Hartford, Conn. The company employs about 50 people who manufacture in-store retail displays for some of the biggest names in merchandising, including Walgreenâs, CVS Health, Nokia, Family Dollar and Rockport.
The other newcomers include:
WOONSOCKET â The city is making a push to sell four obsolete school buildings, saying they could be generating tax revenue instead of eating up resources.
The properties include the mammoth Woonsocket Middle School, located at 357 West Park Place; the Second Avenue School, 196 Second Ave; the Fifth Avenue School, 65 Fifth Ave.; and the Social Street School, 706 Social St.
LINCOLN â Town voters will be asked to consider six changes to the Town Charter, including two modifying the operation of the annual Financial Town Meeting, when they go to the polls on Nov.4.
The measures forwarded to the ballot by the Town Council also include three changes for the townâs Water Commission, and one for appointments to the Budget Board.
Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said the Water Commission questions are an attempt by the Town Council to clarify the commissionâs role as a town agency.