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June 4th, 2014
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 schoolâ€™s 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.
â€śSome of my students didnâ€™tâ€™ 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€ť she says. â€śAlthough I saw that in them every day, they didnâ€™t see it in themselves.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The City Council last night approved Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâ€™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 Commissionâ€™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.
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 Liâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Jacob Jodoin knew he was in trouble.
He was plenty willing to work hard, but four years after graduating from the cityâ€™s technical high school, heâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t even pay him overtime.
â€śIt was killing me,â€ť says Jodoin, now 21. â€śI knew I had to do something.â€ť
BOSTON â€” 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.
â€śDuring those three weeks weâ€™re waiting for the new cells to come in, but thereâ€™s also a high risk for infection,â€ť 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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 councilâ€™s seven members, which very likely means itâ€™s already just one vote short of approval.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The House of Representatives has passed a Woonsocket-focused measure that would relax the stateâ€™s employment restrictions on retired municipal workers, which have already forced two of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâ€™s department directors to resign.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hoodies, sneakers and sports caps are the preferred attire for these seven men, a group that appears mostly in their 20s, from a veritable rainbow of ethnic backgrounds.