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January 25th, 2013
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The police department will utilize a new communications service that allows police personnel to send important, valuable community information directly to residents.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows police to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle‚Äôs web site at www.nixle.com.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ A bill to legitimize same sex marriage, which both its sponsor and its most vehement opponent agreed was, ‚ÄúThe most important piece of legislation (the House) will ever consider‚ÄĚ passed the House of Representative on a 51-19 vote Thursday.
When Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay man to be elected Speaker of the House, banged his gavel after the vote and declared ‚Äúthe act prevails,‚ÄĚ there were loud cheers, a standing ovation in the spectator galleries and sustained whooping and clapping that lasted for several minutes before Fox banged his gavel again to adjourn the session.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ While so much public attention has been focused on the fiscal turmoil of the public school system, its private, Catholic counterpart is marking 40 years with stable enrollments and tight but sustainable budgets.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre holding our own,‚ÄĚ said Larry Poitras, principal of Good Shepherd School, which, along with Monsignor Gadoury School, make up the Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System. ‚ÄúUnless the economy tanks again, I see growth.‚ÄĚ
State and local officials urged residents to take precautions as dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills were forecast for the region through the weekend.
They also advised those at risk of exposure to take shelter at warming centers, including the Woonsocket Senior Center, 84 Social St. The site is open from 1-4 p.m. daily through Friday.
‚ÄúDress warmly, in layers, even if you are making a short trip to the mailbox,‚ÄĚ advised Woonsocket Emergency Management Director Gary Lataille.
Other tips for dealing with the cold include:
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Despite charges of creating a monopoly, the City Council Tuesday granted preliminary passage to an ordinance capping the number of pawn shop licenses in the city to two, both of which are already held by Daniel Baldelli, operator of the Gold Loan Company.
The panel voted 5-2 in favor of the measure, over the objections of City Council President John Ward and Vice President Daniel Gendron.
Woonsocket police officer Jesse Nunnemacher is bundled up against the cold as he works a detail at the corner of Clinton and Cumberland streets in the city Tuesday. The Arctic cold is expected to last throughout this week, with snow forecast for Friday.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď If you were thinking the much-anticipated five-year plan was going to help you figure out how much the city wants to raise your taxes or cut employee benefits to erase the gallons of red ink in its budget forecasts, think again.
A plan was one thing the five-page grid of numbers unveiled by the Budget Commission Tuesday was not. No roadmap to solvency, no prescriptive advice for how to erase a municipal deficit on track to nudge the $15 million mark by the end of the fiscal year, with little relief in sight through 2017.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ A 91-year-old Lincoln woman died in her bed in a smokey house fire early Tuesday morning despite the reported attempts of her 90-year-old husband to alert her.
Fire officials identified the victim as Jeannette Barry. Her husband, Henry Barry, made it out of the house safely and is believed to be staying with the couple's son.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ The Martin Luther King Day Community Committee capped a celebratory weekend of events honoring the slain civil rights leader with a wreath-laying ceremony at the colorful new King Memorial on South Main Street.
The sculpture-like tableau depicting King preaching to a band of followers was dedicated last fall, but yesterday was the first time it had served as the backdrop for a formal King Day celebration.
By all accounts, the city‚Äôs newest work of public art made stellar grades on the occasion, even if the perennials used in the landscaping are dormant this time of year.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees ‚ÄĒ two from each of the four fire districts.