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June 4th, 2014

LASTING TRIBUTE TO George Nasuti

June 4, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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 school’s circular entry road to the late Athletic Director George Nasuti.

June 3rd

Educator, 25, proposes city-based charter school for region’s students

June 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

“Some of my students didn’t’ 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,” she says. “Although I saw that in them every day, they didn’t see it in themselves.”

Tax hike likely in Woonsocket

June 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The City Council last night approved Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s 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 Commission’s 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.

June 2nd

Call newspaper carrier helps save man from burning home

June 2, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — 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 Li’l 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.

June 1st

Year Up gives young adults a leg up

June 1, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Jacob Jodoin knew he was in trouble.

He was plenty willing to work hard, but four years after graduating from the city’s technical high school, he’d held nothing but a series of dead-end jobs.

Sometimes he worked 17 hours a day, alternating between prep cook and delivery boy at a pizza parlor. His boss wouldn’t even pay him overtime.

“It was killing me,” says Jodoin, now 21. “I knew I had to do something.”

May 31st

Even after transplant, Tyler has long road to health

May 31, 2014

BOSTON — When seven-year-old Tyler Seddon of Burrillville has his life-saving cord blood transplant at Tufts Medical Center early next week, the most critical part of the entire procedure will be the roughly three-week period following the transplant.

“During those three weeks we’re waiting for the new cells to come in, but there’s also a high risk for infection,” says Dr. Michael Kelly, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Tufts Medical Center and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

May 30th

Fired teacher to sue city for $2M

May 30, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A legal claim seeking more than $2 million in damages has been filed against the Woonsocket Education Department by a veteran teacher who claims she was fired in 2013 for protesting improper budget cuts in special education programs.

Cynthia Boss claims school officials were unlawfully shifting special education students into regular classrooms at the same time their performance auditors were recommending a 5 percent cut in the special education budget.

May 29th

Backyard chickens proposal returns

May 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A little more than a year after the City Council overwhelmingly scratched the idea, the panel will take another crack at allowing residents to keep backyard chickens Monday.
The proposal, which is more restrictive than the one defeated by the council last April, is sponsored by three of the council’s seven members, which very likely means it’s already just one vote short of approval.

May 28th

Woonsocket officials eye employment measure

May 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The House of Representatives has passed a Woonsocket-focused measure that would relax the state’s employment restrictions on retired municipal workers, which have already forced two of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s department directors to resign.

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May 26th

Domestic violence hits home: Part 3: Abusers face their demons in group therapy

May 26, 2014

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