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May 4th, 2013

Manor gets 50 assisted living units

May 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The question, first posed years ago, was how to make assisted living affordable, says Robert Kulik, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority.
The answer arrives Monday, when the WHA opens the doors of St. Germain Assisted Living. It’s 50 units of assisted living space within St. Germain Manor, a traditional high rise for able-bodied seniors located at 429 East School St.

May 2nd

Chafee signs gay marriage into law

May 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.

Arrests made in WHS bomb threats

May 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The police announced three arrests this morning in a string of bomb threats that have disrupted classes at Woonsocket High School on four out of the last eight school days.
During an impromptu press briefing outside WHS, Detective Jamie Paone told reporters that Khalil Oliver, 18, and two juveniles, one girl and one boy who are 16 or younger, were responsible for the incidents. All students at WHS, the three are facing one count each of making a bomb threat in a public building and conspiracy, both felonies. More arrests could come before the end of the day, she said.

Ancients and Horribles Parade faces extinction

May 2, 2013

GLOCESTER – A lack of leadership and a dwindling volunteer base could be the death knell for Glocester’s annual July 4th Ancients and Horribles Parade after 86 consecutive years.
The Ancients and Horribles Parade Committee, which has seen many of its members resign or lose interest over the years, no longer has enough voting members to hold a legal meeting, which means there’s a real possibility there will be no parade this year.

April 30th

Twin River offers first look at new facilities

April 30, 2013

LINCOLN – A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
“Bets set,” he said. “Shooter’s looking for four. Four wins.”
“C’mon Nick,” somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.

House gutted by blaze

April 30, 2013

BY JOSEPH B. NADEAU
jnadeau@woonsocketcall.com
WOONSOCKET – A fire, possibly fueled by the area’s dry conditions, heavily damaged a single-family home at 133 Spring Water Drive Tuesday afternoon.
The fire, discovered by neighbors at about 2:15 p.m. appeared to have begun near the front section of the home and consumed a deck porch and front exterior wall before firefighters arrived on scene.

April 29th

Council to take up fire district merge

April 30, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The town’s plan to merge its four independent fire districts reaches a major milestone Wednesday when the Town Council votes to ask state lawmakers to approve the incorporation of a unified town fire district.
The state-approved incorporation would include the creation of a seven-member interim appointed fire committee by June 30 to govern and manage the finances of the unified fire district until a permanent committee is elected next year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.

Backpack causes scare

April 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Police used explosives to render a suspicious backpack found behind the Cass Avenue home of a Muslim family harmless on Saturday but now believe the left-behind item was not a hate-crime response to the terror-bombing of the Boston Marathon.
The backpack, which had a reference to “U.S. Bomb” among its several marking, contained items believed to have been stolen and is not believed to have been left as a threat to anyone, Detective Jamie L. Paone, Woonsocket Police Department spokeswoman, said yesterday afternoon.

April 28th

Stay of execution for pesky beavers

April 28, 2013

CUMBERLAND – A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park has been granted a stay of execution.
After initially stating that he was considering having a local exterminator kill the beavers, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley says that plan has been scrapped – at least for now.

April 26th

Some raise a glass to tax-free liquor holiday

April 26, 2013

You could drive a golf ball to the Massachusetts line from the front door of Pro’s Liquors on Mendon Road in Woonsocket.
No wonder the owner is so worried about the competition on the other side of the border, where there’s no sales tax on alcoholic beverages.

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