Archive - 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â 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 âcherry-pickâ the best students, drain resources from public schools and segregate students based on abilities, language and race.
BURRILLVILLE â Nine people were sickened â two badly enough to be hospitalized â after gasoline fumes wafted through a dentistâs 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.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has approved Mayor Daniel McKeeâs final town budget by a 5-2 majority vote.
The budget was approved unchanged from McKeeâs 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 townâs current budget.
The sum includes $58,484,710 for schools, which provides an additional $1.8 million in increased state aid and local support.
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.