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February 2nd, 2014

Motion Tabled!

February 2, 2014

American Legion Fairmount Post 85 Adjutant David Dumoulin, left, and Senior Vice Commander Dick Christiansen, present Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt with a Foosball and Ping Pong table on behalf of Post 85 to the City of Woonsocket on Friday. The tables have been given to the high school for use in the gym during afterschool activities as well as for physical education. Mayor Baldelli-Hunt thanked Post 85 'for thinking of us' and stated it is further proof the city can work together again, including the city administration and the school department. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)

February 1st

EAGLE EYE: Bird watcher spies American bald eagle roaming Woonsocket's skies

February 1, 2014

WOONSOCKET -- For hobby bird photographer Neil Caswell his new apartment overlooking Harris Pond has turned out to be like that box of chocolates Forest Gump’s mother talked about.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” he says.

January 31st

Young African singers, dancers visiting Rhode Island this week

January 31, 2014

Growing up in Uganda, an east African country racked by war, AIDS and extreme poverty, life was a struggle for then 9-year-old Dorothy Nabwami, who was facing a very uncertain future 17 years ago.

Then the African Children’s Choir came along.

Nabwami was singing in her local Sunday school choir in her village when the African Children’s Choir chose her to be part of an international singing group.

“They gave me clothing and food and the ability to travel around the world,” she says.

Mixed NECAP news for local schools

January 31, 2014

WOONSOCKET — The number of Rhode Island students meeting at least partial proficiency for state testing of their math skills has increased, but the latest results for the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) released by the Department of Education still show students in urban districts like Woonsocket have more work to do to meet the state’s new graduation requirements.

January 30th

Housing advocates rally against foreclosure evictions

January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – If you have been paying the rent on your house or apartment, should you face eviction because the landlord failed to meet the mortgage?

Advocates rallied at the Statehouse Thursday in favor of legislation that would require mortgage lenders who take property in a foreclosure to allow the tenants to keep living there and paying rent, to maintain healthy conditions, and to provide contact information for a local property manager.

Full story appears on page A1 of Friday's Call and Times.

Mother held on bail in missing boy case

January 30, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Andria Britt, the woman who triggered a nationwide Amber Alert when she allegedly whisked her 6-year-old son to Washington state in violation of a custody order, was ordered held on $50,000 surety bail during her first appearance in Superior Court Thursday.

Magistrate Patricia Lynch Harwood called Britt “a flight risk.”

Looking sullen and withdrawn, Britt, 34, stood beside her attorney in Courtroom 14 to answer to one count of felony child snatching. Her lawyer, Gary Pelletier, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf.

January 29th

RI's unemployed ask: "Where are the jobs"

January 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- Deolinda Sousa wouldn’t be able to get by without welfare benefits and food stamps, but she’d gladly trade them for a job that pays her for doing something productive.

“I’ll do anything,” she says. “I’ll clean toilets with a toothbrush.”
She’s that frustrated.

The 26-year-old mother of two has been looking for a job for more than a year, but she hasn’t been able to find one.

January 28th

Mayor opposes paying legal fees

January 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – In a move that was part protest, part policy statement, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and City Council President Albert Brien on Monday refused to go along with other members of the Budget Commission in approving the payment of $168,284 worth of legal bills, most of it to a single firm.

January 27th

Police probe pair of city shootings

January 27, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A house in the Fairmount section was struck by at least five rounds from a .45-caliber handgun fired from a passing car Sunday night, police said.

Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan said the shots struck the residence of a man who had been involved in a bar fight moments earlier, at around 10 p.m.
“There were two men involved, while several of their friends looked on, about six or seven people in all,” said Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan.
“Punches were thrown. There was a scrum. Then everybody got in their cars and left the area.”

Mollis announces lieutenant governor bid

January 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Some people argue that because the lieutenant governor no longer has specific constitutional duties, the office should be done away with. But R.I. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who officially announced he is running for lieutenant governor on Monday, says it is that very lack of a job formal description which “allows for vision, allows for leadership, allows someone to tackle the problems of today.

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