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May 18th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ The St. Michaelâ€™s Ukrainian Orthodox Church community is still recovering from the November fire that heavily-damaged its ornate 70-year-old granite and wood church at 74 Harris Avenue.
But coping with the near loss of their church wonâ€™t keep St. Michaelâ€™s parishioners from offering a special tribute to the firefighters who kept total disaster at bay back on Nov. 21.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city would become the fourth community in the state to ban smoking in public parks and recreation areas under an ordinance up for consideration by the City Council on Monday.
The measure would prohibit smoking at all athletic fields, playgrounds, parks and outdoor recreation facilities, allowing the police to fine anyone caught violating the ordinance $100.
The proposal was introduced by Council President John Ward at the request of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition, a non-profit arm of the city that advocates healthy, drug-free lifestyles for youth.
The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island assistance program for the stateâ€™s elderly residents hit another milestone Wednesday â€” serving its 17 millionth meal to Clara Ramos, 80, of Providence.
The highlight meal, this year served by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, is one of a long list of such events marking the work put in by the organizationâ€™s volunteers since the 1970s. That work has not only helped elderly residents maintain their nutritional health but also their independence and ability to remain at home.
WOONSOCKET â€“ More than a month after his accounts were terminated, firearms dealer Paul Connolly says Sovereign Bank denied its actions were related to his line of work, but the bank has still not given him a reason for cutting him off.
The proprietor of Bullseye Shooting Supplies said he spoke on the telephone this week with Steve Almagno, Sovereign Bankâ€™s retail district executive for Rhode Island.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Jeremy Jones is a lot older and his knees are not as strong as they used to be, but his tall, lanky frame gives the impression that at 36 heâ€™s still a formidable force on the basketball court.
Twelve years ago, Jones, a rising basketball star with an impressive scholastic hoops career at Woonsocket High School and Community College of Rhode Island, was recruited to play at Salem State University where he led the school to its first and only Final Four appearance in 2000.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In a city flirting with bankruptcy, even stray dogs and cats are feeling the squeeze.
Animal Control Officer Doris Kay says her supply budget of $6,000 wasnâ€™t enough to feed sheltered pets this year, but sheâ€™s facing a cut of some 16 percent in the weeks ahead.
While private donors are expected to help fill the food gap, thereâ€™s no relief in sight for another precious commodity at the animal control facility off Cumberland Street: space.
GLOCESTER â€“ There will be an 87th July 4th Ancients and Horribles Parade in Glocester this year thanks to Michael L. DeGrange and dozens of other residents who have answered the townâ€™s call for help.
DeGrange, who has a long history of community service and volunteerism, has agreed to chair the Ancients and Horribles Parade Committee, which just a couple of weeks ago nearly disbanded because there were not enough members to hold a legal meeting.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite a request from the applicants to table the proposal for fine-tuning, the Zoning Board has unanimously rejected developer Leszek Przybylkoâ€™s plan to convert the Stadium Building into 21 owner-occupied condos.
The proposal represented a $1.3 million investment in a deteriorating landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the operators of the adjoining Stadium Theatre were hotly against it, arguing that low-cost housing would drag down theatre business.
The zoners apparently agreed, killing the plan on a 5-0 vote.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Though the Budget Commission has informed state lawmakers that they must have a bill authorizing the city to levy $2.5 million in supplemental taxes passed and signed by the governor no later than tomorrow, the fate of the measure is looking more uncertain than ever.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A North Kingstown lawmaker is threatening to rally a boycott of Sovereign Bank if she finds out the bank closed its accounts with a local firearms dealer for political reasons.
â€śIf I find out this is true Iâ€™m going to close my account with Sovereign Bank and recommend all the Second Amendment people in Rhode Island do the same,â€ť State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Dist. 31) told The Call. â€śBanks shouldnâ€™t be choosing their customers because theyâ€™re in a certain kind of business. Thatâ€™s just stupid.â€ť