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October 2nd, 2012
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€“ Quick, whatâ€™s Woonsocket got more of than any other community in the state?
If your guess was affordable housing, well, youâ€™re wrong.
Political leaders have long touted the factoid as proof of the cityâ€™s evolution into a sanctuary for the poor, but Woonsocket no longer has the highest concentration of affordable housing, a new study says.
HousingWorksRIâ€™s 2012 survey of statewide housing costs says the distinction now belongs to Newport, a city that some, ironically, think of as a sanctuary for the wealthy.
WOONSOCKET â€” Patrons and employees dragged an intoxicated, unruly man from the Vintage Sunday afternoon before he destroyed the front door in an effort to get back in.
The 67-year-old Woonsocket resident identified as Bernard Joseph Bernard III never had a single drink at the Market Square dining spot, according to police reports.
WOONSOCKET â€” When Grace Lang shows up for work at Woonsocket High School each day, she does so knowing the students in her classroom hold the potential for accomplishing many different things in their lives.
And because of that, she also believes her special needs students should have every opportunity to find success at the high school as any other student at the school.
LINCOLN â€” There was a time in Rhode Island when parents of school age children needed to tune in radio personality Salty Brine for word on whether there would be school on wintery morning.
Those days are over and High School Principal Kevin J. McNamara now has a number of ways to get the word out about school events and weather including his school's Listserv option of directly emailing parents timely school updates.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The first church service ever held in the Slatersville Congregational Church took place on Sunday, Nov. 2, 1838. That year, Martin Van Buren was president, Samuel Morse's telegraph system was demonstrated for the first time and the population of North Smithfield's Slatersville village was less than 500 people.
Since then the picturesque church, located on the common in the center of Slatersville, has been the spiritual home to thousands of area residents, a cherished town landmark, and a community gathering place hosting a variety of local groups and public events.
UXBRIDGE â€” The start of a new school year always has its problems. Throw a brand new $43 million school building into the mix, and it becomes even more challenging.
In the case of the newly constructed Uxbridge High School, which opened for the first day of school three weeks ago, it couldn't have gone smoother.
Chris Ouellette, of Greenville, looks over silent auction items, especially a print of Slater Mill (center) by artist and author David Macauley during the 27th annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Awards Dinner at Twin River Casino in Lincoln Thursday night. Ouellette said she grew up at Slater Mill and had David Macauley as her art teacher in the 7th grade in Central Falls, where she lived at the time.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center has signed an asset purchase agreement (APA) with Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario, Calif, after Boston-based Steward Health Care withdrew its offer for the troubled city hospital.
If the name sounds familiar, itâ€™s because Prime Healthcare was one of the four hospital entities that bid on Landmark after its first suitor, the now-defunct Caritas Christi network, backed out in late 2010.
WOONSOCKET â€” City residents should not get their hopes too high for the return of a Wal-Mart store to Diamond Hill Road â€” at least not for now.
A Wal-Mart spokesman on Thursday said no decision has been made regarding the company's former store at Diamond Hill Road and the future use of the site is still under review.
PROVIDENCE â€” Democratic State Rep. Jon Brien of Woonsocket yesterday filed a federal complaint challenging the legitimacy of the candidate who defeated him in the primary, Woonsocket firefighter Stephen M. Casey.
Brien said Casey is in violation of a law known as the Hatch Act, which prohibits employees of state, county and municipal governments from engaging in partisan political activities if their employers receive federal funds.