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September 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Though Bill Fagan has pretty much lived his whole life within a few blocks of his home on Gaskill Street, sometimes he wanders.
Itâs no big deal for the reedy fellow with a gentle manner to walk to Mendon, Mass., where the locals know him so well they toot their horns when they see him.
CUMBERLAND â A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
MILLVILLE â The elderly are going without the option of a senior services van as the result of an ongoing dispute between the towns of Millville and Blackstone over a regional senior transporation contract.
The towns' inability to come to terms on an agreement since June recently prompted Blacktone to tell Millville it can no longer transport Millville seniors with its senior vans.
The decision has left about a dozen Millville residents who counted on the vans for doctor visits and to make other health-related appointments to seek other means of transportation.
WOONSOCKET â Flanked by supporters, State Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) announced Thursday that heâs launched a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the Democratic primary to firefighter Stephen M. Casey by 52 votes.
Perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the House, Brien said he lost because some voters wound up at the wrong polling places and also because he was targeted by pro-labor interests who supported Casey.
âThis is our chance to get it right,â Brien said.
WOONSOCKET â The annual St. Judeâs Breakfast for the benefit of St. Judeâs Childrenâs Hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Club Par-X, 36 Stanley St. Joe Hyder, general chairman, urges everyone to wear red, white and blue this year in tribute to the annual âSalute to Americaâ theme, chosen to mark the presidential campaign year.
LINCOLN â A woman who allegedly robbed the Navigant Credit Union on Front Street Wednesday afternoon was arrested about a half hour later in Cumberland.
Chief Brian Sullivan said the suspect, a woman in her 20s, walked into the credit union about 2:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.
The woman made off with an undetermined amount of cash and was seen fleeing the bank in a motor vehicle, heading toward Cumberland, said Sullivan.
âWe believe we have someone in custody,â Sullivan said late yesterday. âWe are working to identify that person right now.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Police say the victim of a fatal pedestrian crash on Route 146 Tuesday night was a 29-year-old Woonsocket woman.
Jessica M. Gill was struck by a minivan as she crossed the southbound lanes in the vicinity of Iron Mine Hill Road about 10:17 p.m., said Capt. Glenn G. Lamoureux.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by the state medical examiner.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A long percolating dispute between the school administration and the North Smithfield Teachers Association (NSTA) boiled over on Monday when the teachers voted down a proposed contract agreement and also issued a vote of no confidence in School Supt. Stephen Lindberg.
The two votes came after the sides have spent the past two years talking about a new contract but were not directly linked, North Smithfield Teachers Association President Marianne Lowe said Tuesday.
WOONSOCKET â The pit bull âBizâ was euthanized Tuesday, a day after he attacked three members of a Sayles Street family in their home.
Tracy Cyler, 37, her son, Anthony Perry, 19, and daughter, Keia Perry, 18, were all taken to area hospitals to be treated for severe bite wounds on their ankles, arms and upper thighs.
WOONSOCKET â There may be no place in the city where the sobering legacy of recession and cuts in government aid is revealed so plainly as Main Street.
From vacant storefronts to boarded-up mills where lofty rehab projects were stopped cold, Main Street is in a kind of deep economic sleep, waiting for something to wake it back to life.
Now thereâs something you can do to help: Just show up for a special planning workshop tomorrow night â and bring your imagination.