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October 20th, 2012

ALL CLEAR! 2 school bldgs. ready for other uses

October 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The school department’s efforts to prepare two of its school buildings for return to the city for possible conversion to new uses appear to be moving forward.
School Department Facilities Director Peter Fontaine said Friday that the Second Avenue Elementary School has been emptied of all of its contents and is awaiting a final vote by the School Committee to turn the building back to city control.

October 19th

Bellingham voters pass override

October 19, 2012

BELLINGHAM — Getting the needed two-thirds majority vote, Special Town Meeting voters last week approved a Proposition 2-1/2 override that will raise taxes in order to pay for a $15.4 million water treatment project.
Article 16 of the 23-article warrant asked voters to finance the project to construct water mains and a water treatment plant, as well as modify existing treatment and pumping systems to treat the town's drinking water through disinfection and reduce iron and manganese in tap water. The project will also ensure the town's wells meet state groundwater guidelines.

Romanian church celebrating 100th anniversary

October 19, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Farmers and shepherds, tradesmen and teachers, the Macedonian-Romanians first heard the siren song of American-style opportunity in the late 1800s.
Like other European immigrant groups at the turn of the century, the newcomers from the Balkan region settled anywhere there were jobs. This boomtown of textile factories, a place that came to be known as the epicenter of the nation’s Industrial Revolution, was a natural magnet.

October 18th

Vegas-style Milk Fund event Nov. 9

October 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Two tart-tongued female impersonators will dish up an evening of Vegas-style song, dance and comedy in the Milk Fund’s first fundraiser of the year at the Coachmen’s Lodge in Bellingham on Nov. 9.
The featured performers are Kitty Litter and Sabrina Blaze, aka Stephen Hartley and Wayne Alan Hawkins. They’ve been selling out theater venues with their cross-dressing schtick and comic banter for years, including a number of shows in the local area.

Making strides against breast cancer

October 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Losing a family member to illness can leave a person feeling helpless, which hinders the process of coming to terms with that life-changing loss.
But there are ways to take proactive steps toward moving on, which also bring a sense of fighting back.
Noneajean McFarlane found that to be true this fall as she worked to organize a team in Sunday’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Roger Williams Park in Providence.
McFarlane, a Call graphic designer, decided to put together a team for the American Cancer Society fundraiser in light of her own losses last spring.

October 17th

Brien challenges Casey to four debates

October 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — State Rep. Jon D. Brien, who launched a write-in campaign after being unseated in the primary, is challenging the man who defeated him to a series of debates.
With slightly more than three weeks to go before the general election, the city Democrat is asking Stephen M. Casey to participate in four debates before Nov. 6.
Casey dismissed the offer as a desperate ploy for attention.
“The time for debate was before the primary,” said Casey. “I already defeated him in September and he’s not on the ballot.”
But Brien said he’ll go solo if Casey doesn’t show up.

Woman flees home intruder in Lincoln

October 17, 2012

LINCOLN — A 57-year-old woman was surprised by a man breaking into her Tall Wood Drive home Wednesday morning and quickly fled the dwelling, according to police.
“We believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,” Police Chief Brian Sullivan said later of the 9:30 a.m. incident.
The woman fled away from Tall Wood in the direction of nearby Route 295 south and called police regarding the break, Sullivan said.

Woonsocket man draws 24 years for 2 rapes

October 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says a Woonsocket man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault in two rape cases that had been unsolved for several years.
Armand Ferrio received a total of 40 years, with the balance suspended with probation.
The 25-year-old Ferrio must have no contact with the victims, undergo sex-offender counseling and register as a sex offender when released from the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Kilmartin's office says DNA led authorities to solve the cases.

Toddler’s death a textbook example

October 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET – For an 18-month-old boy crushed under a piece of fallen furniture, death came in the blink of an eye Monday.
The boy’s grandmother told police she had been watching the boy up until the very moment the bookcase tipped over and fell on him.
“She turned her back for a second to move something in a doorway that leads to the basement,” reported Patrolman Patrick Roy. “She turned around and saw the wooden bookcase was now on top of the boy’s chest.”

GARAGE FIRE

October 17, 2012

Woonsocket firefighters battle a stubborn fire in a garage behind 89-91 Hamlet Ave. that broke out around 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Several vehicles, including two inside the garage, were completely gutted in the fire and a nearby home sustained exterior fire damage. No other injuries were reported.

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