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January 22nd, 2014

Morin not in just yet

January 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Michael A. Morin appears to have eked out a victory over Douglas T. Brown in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for a House vacancy, but there were still enough uncounted mail and provisional ballots to keep the results in question until they’re counted this afternoon.

With Morin ahead by just 37 votes on machine ballots, he wasn’t claiming victory just yet, and Brown wasn’t ready to concede.

Before the race is settled, there are still 58 more votes to be counted, including 45 absentees, according to Greg McBurney of the state Board of Elections.

January 21st

Lawmakers unveil workforce plan for R.I.

January 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Reversing rampant unemployment and turning Rhode Island’s woeful economy around have been the stated priorities of the state legislature for several years running, but businesses still can’t find employees qualified to do the work that needs to be done.
“The jobs and skills gap in Rhode Island is in crisis,” Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed declared Tuesday, as she laid out the Senate’s “Rhode to Work” action plan to promote education and job training “for today’s unemployed and tomorrow’s workforce.
Read the full story in today's Call.

UPDATE: Polls are open for primary, close at 8 p.m.

January 21, 2014

WOONSOCKET -- The polling places for today’s special primary election in House District 49
are: Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, 60 Florence Drive; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; and Fairmount Heights, 525 Second Avenue.
Polls close at 8 p.m.

January 20th

Planned boulevard renaming to honor MLK

January 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: It’s got a nice ring to it, says Emma Dandy, chairwoman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Committee.

“That’s our common task, to get this named Martin Luther King Boulevard,” she told a crowd gathered for a memorial service at the King Memorial Garden on South Main Street yesterday.

Full story is available on page A1 of Tuesday's Call.

House District 49 primary today

January 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Don’t forget to vote in today’s Democratic primary for the House District 49 seat previously held by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.
Because the primary is limited to electors who live within the geographic boundaries of District 49, the only polling places open are four sites within the district.

They are Crepeau Court, 100 Front St.; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; and Fairmont Heights, 525 Second Ave.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to the Board of Canvassers.

January 19th

Clergy, activists keep King’s spirit alive

January 19, 2014

In the early 1960s, Rev. Sammy C. Vaughan was a young seaman in the Navy when Dr. Martin Luther King marched on Washington and organized his nonviolent protests in Alabama at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement.

While Vaughan was unable to directly participate in those campaigns of civil resistance, he understood what was at stake and remembers vividly the sense of awe he felt for King and his nonviolent protests against racial segregation and economic injustice.

For full story, see today's Call and today's Times, page A1.

January 18th

Antiques shop gets new digs

January 18, 2014

Frank and Tammy Irwin took a gamble on the city’s Main Street business district when they opened their Timeless Antiques & Collectibles store, back in March of 2012, and it appears they picked a winner.

Not only have the Irwins done well gathering and selling area memory pieces, traditional antique offerings, jewelry and nic knacks, they are also a growing business and an example of what could be possible for many other small business owners in the city one-time ‘premiere business district.

January 17th

Three Democratic hopefuls to meet Tuesday in primary

January 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s time to put a lawmaker from District 49 back in the House of Representatives again.

The special election to fill the seat previously held by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt gets under way on Tuesday.

Officially, it’s a Democratic primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the general election on Feb. 25.

There are three contestants in the race, Michael A. Morin, Douglas T. Brown and Mark L. Chenot.

Full story is available on Page 1 of Saturday's Call.

January 16th

BREAKING NEWS: Daniel Britt found safe in Washington state

January 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It took police and child protective services spanning the nation, but 6-year-old Daniel Britt was found safe and sound Thursday after his mother, Andria Britt, turned herself into Washington state authorities.

“I am really relieved and I’m happy that my son is safe,” Daniel’s father, Sean Britt, said while appearing at a Woonsocket Police Department press conference announcing the happy ending to the worries over his son’s safety.

Chamber president encouraged by governor’s budget proposals

January 16, 2014

LINCOLN – Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s budget proposal to lower the state’s corporate tax rate by a third – from the current 9 percent to 6 percent – if Congress allows states to start collecting sales tax on online purchases was enough to put a smile on the face of Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President John Gregory.

In fact, what Chafee proposes “is a little more aggressive” than even the business community’s. “We thought of reducing it from 9 (percent) to 7 (percent), he did 9 to 6.

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