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June 16th, 2014

Budget Commission meets in closed session to cancel Donoyan’s contract

June 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Schools Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan’s contract will not be renewed by the Budget Commission when it expires on Aug. 30, commission sources have confirmed.

The recently-seated, appointed School Committee had just voted in April to grant Donoyan a nine-month extension that would have locked her into the $150,000 a year superintendent’s job until June 2015.

June 14th

Filmmaker uses comedy to break down stereotypes; WHS screening Thursday

June 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Aspiring filmmaker Victor Ramos isn’t ready to quit his day job yet, but he’s getting close.

The assistant executive director of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition has already trimmed down the full-time position to part-time hours to promote his feature-length movie, a cross-cultural comedy called “La Guagua.”

June 13th

Judge allows Tempest to argue for new trial

June 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A Superior Court judge has decided that Raymond D. Tempest Jr. will be allowed to argue that his 1992 murder conviction should be vacated after his lawyers told the court new DNA evidence from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than him.

Tempest, 61, is serving 85 years for the 1982 bludgeoning murder of Doreen C. Picard, 22, in the basement of a multifamily house on Providence Street.

June 12th

Legal woes continue for Sojourner House

June 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The legal dispute between the Sojourner House program assisting the victims of domestic violence and a former staff member alleging the organization misused federal grant funding was continuing this week despite Superior Court ruling dismissing the initial complaint in the case.

June 11th

Vintage restaurant closes doors indefinitely

June 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Vintage Restaurant, which promised to set the city’s standard for fine dining when it opened nearly two decades ago, abruptly closed its doors this week.

The somber news was confirmed by the owner of the business, Michael Danahy, who also runs the Blue Grotto on Providence’s Federal Hill.

“It was a good experience, a wonderful community,” said Danahy.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Call.

June 10th

WTG campaigning hard against proposed RISE academy

June 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The local teachers union has launched an incendiary public campaign attacking the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy as the Rhode Island Department of Education began soliciting public feedback to help determine whether to grant the school a charter.

Jeffrey Partington, president of the 600-member Woonsocket Teachers Guild, says mayoral academies “cherry-pick” the best students, drain resources from public schools and segregate students based on abilities, language and race.

June 9th

9 people overcome by fumes

June 9, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Nine people were sickened – two badly enough to be hospitalized – after gasoline fumes wafted through a dentist’s office at 262 Main St. in Harrisville Monday morning.
Emergency responders arrived at the offices of Dr. Allen E. Schenck about 9:27 a.m. thinking they might be dealing with a case of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said. But Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department said officers learned the noxious vapors were from a snow blower stored in the basement.

June 8th

Cumberland keeping tax rate level

June 8, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council has approved Mayor Daniel McKee’s final town budget by a 5-2 majority vote.

The budget was approved unchanged from McKee’s proposal for a total general fund budget of $88,032,456 for 2014-15 that is expected to keep the same $17.08 per $1,000 tax rate now supporting the town’s current budget.

The sum includes $58,484,710 for schools, which provides an additional $1.8 million in increased state aid and local support.

June 7th

A star is ‘The Garage’

June 7, 2014

UXBRIDGE – Steve Butler may be the most popular host of a do-it-yourself TV-show you’ve never heard of.

For the last three years, the artist and furniture maker has been producing a how-to show from a single-car garage on North Main Street that’s carried on more than 400 cable television stations in 45 states and several foreign countries, from Hawaii to South Africa.

June 6th

Fired Pascoag firefighter to sue

June 6, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – The Pascoag Fire District Board of Commissioners has denied a petition request to reinstate Pascoag Firefighter Edward Blanchard, who now says he has no choice but to file a lawsuit.

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