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February 2nd, 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)
WOONSOCKET -- For hobby bird photographer Neil Caswell his new apartment overlooking Harris Pond has turned out to be like that box of chocolates Forest Gumpâs mother talked about.
âYou never know what youâre going to get,â he says.
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 Childrenâs Choir came along.
Nabwami was singing in her local Sunday school choir in her village when the African Childrenâs Choir chose her to be part of an international singing group.
âThey gave me clothing and food and the ability to travel around the world,â she says.
WOONSOCKET â 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 stateâs new graduation requirements.
PROVIDENCE â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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 âa flight risk.â
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.
PAWTUCKET -- Deolinda Sousa wouldnât be able to get by without welfare benefits and food stamps, but sheâd gladly trade them for a job that pays her for doing something productive.
âIâll do anything,â she says. âIâll clean toilets with a toothbrush.â
Sheâs that frustrated.
The 26-year-old mother of two has been looking for a job for more than a year, but she hasnât been able to find one.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
âThere were two men involved, while several of their friends looked on, about six or seven people in all,â said Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan.
âPunches were thrown. There was a scrum. Then everybody got in their cars and left the area.â
PROVIDENCE â 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 âallows for vision, allows for leadership, allows someone to tackle the problems of today.