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March 7th, 2013

WPD's Sosa leaps the language barrier

March 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Maybe it’s a garden-variety traffic stop or a kitchen squabble between husband and wife, maybe something more serious.
More often than ever, the cops sent to find out what happened run into a fundamental barrier: They don’t speak the same language as the people involved.
Who you gonna call?
At the Woonsocket Police Department, the go-to guy is Patrolman Enrique Sosa, the city’s only Spanish-speaking cop.
“You can tell by the look on their faces, sometimes they’re shocked,” he said. “Often you can tell there’s a sense of relief, too.”

March 6th

Woonsocket school board member struck by car

March 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET — School Committeewoman Anita McGuire-Forcier, a former chair of the panel, was reported to be undergoing treatment at Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday night after being struck by a car in front of the Rhode Island State House.
Forcier, a staunch advocate of the city’s need for added funding for its school children, was reported to have been at the State House to testify at a hearing before the accident occurred.

Gun-wielding gang invades Burrillville home

March 6, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — Police were investigating a report of gunfire occurring during the robbery of a home at 160 Cherry Farm Road Wednesday evening that did not result in injury to the residents at home during the incident.
Acting Police Chief Lareto P. Guglietta said members of his department were working with Woonsocket Police on the 7:20 p.m. shooting incident and arrests were expected.

Landmark union makes deal

March 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The health workers union at Landmark Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with a New Jersey hospital group whose offer to buy the struggling hospital last November was never considered because it missed a bid deadline.
Landmark Hospital Holdco LLC surfaced after the Superior Court granted exclusive bargaining rights for the assets of Landmark Health Systems to Prime Healthcare Services of California.

March 5th

FFRF hasn’t changed stance on monument

March 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) hasn’t forgotten about the city’s Place Jolicoeur monument.
The monument – a war memorial that had long since blended into the background of city life – got its 15 minutes of fame last year when the FFRF wrote to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine demanding that the Latin cross atop the structure be removed because it rests on city property and thus improperly gives government sanction to a religious symbol.
Rebecca Markert of the FFRF told The Call Monday it has not dropped its objection to the memorial.

Man gravely wounded in golf club attack; victim's pit bull retaliates

March 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A pit bull dog came to the defense of his owner after he was seriously injured by a man who attacked him with a golf club Monday, police said.
The dog was in the yard when Matthew Jones allegedly bashed two people, Josef Tallo, 27, and Fatima DaSilva, 25, in the head with the club outside their 216 Grove St. apartment shortly after 7 p.m.
Jones, 38, who had been partying at a house next door, was bitten on the calf, hand and chin by the dog, according to Detective Jamie Paone.

Baldelli questions fairness of supplemental tax plan

March 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) has signaled to the Budget Commission that she might not support the panel’s request for a $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, at least as it’s currently proposed.
Baldelli-Hunt said the plan puts too much of the burden on the owners of single-family homes and condos at the expense of all other classes of properties.

March 4th

CELEBRATING IRELAND

March 4, 2013

Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song will be the featured event at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. With the Celtic harp, tin whistles, fiddle, button accordian and bodhran (Irish drum), Phil Edmonds, originally from County Clare, and Mary King, Rhode Island musician for decades, bring the sweet sounds of traditional Irish music and Irish folk tales for a fun, engaging program. Audience participation is encouraged. Their Celtic Music & Stories also features an introduction to Irish step dancing where the audience can learn to dance and perform in the show.

Levesque to receive Rotary’s Vocational Services Award

March 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Rotary Club of Woonsocket’s annual Vocational Services Award will be presented to Cathy Levesque, executive Director of the Stadium Theater Foundation, at a May 9 dinner at Savini’s Restaurant in Woonsocket.

March 3rd

Schools await budget action

March 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The arrival of deadlines for school department work on the annual school budget have brought with them another reminder that city fiscal affairs are in the hands of a state-appointed Budget Commission.
School Committee member Anita McGuire-Forcier pointed out during the panel’s meeting on Wednesday that a draft school budget has traditionally been submitted to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine for his review on Feb. 28.

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