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July 21st, 2012

Friends band to help with boy's medical bills

July 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Kayden Watson was still in his mother’s womb when a sonogram foretold the story of his fragile life.
At the age of just 14 weeks, the pictures clearly showed that his intestines were growing on the outside of his tiny body, recalls his mother, Jennifer Harken.
It’s a condition called gastroschisis.
“We were told a lot of kids had it and it would be okay, they would put them back,” she says.

July 19th

Teacher costs: still a moving target

July 19, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Continuing uncertainty over personnel needs and costs emerged as a dominant theme as the Budget Commission took its first close look at the Woonsocket Education Department’s proposed $66.2 million budget yesterday.
The WED, which overspent its $59.3 million budget for the prior fiscal year by more than $7 million, says the proposed FY 2013 figure is its best guess yet for what it will really cost to get through the fiscal year.

Firefighters give Chloe a second life

July 19, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The secluded house at 4 Pine Lane was so thoroughly engulfed in flames Wednesday that North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson was sure he wasn’t going to be sending any firefighters inside.
Then his crew heard a dog whimpering.
After being told there were no people in the house, Jillson now had a terrible decision to make. Should he send firefighters into a veritable inferno to try to save the life of a family pet?
“We could hear the dog faintly whining early on in the effort,” Jillson recalled. “When you commit people to save a dog, that’s a touchy decision.”

Man charged with sexual assault on three young girls

July 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET—Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.

Teachers, town agree on 3-year contract

July 19, 2012

LINCOLN – The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.

Former dispatcher charged with child enticement

July 19, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — A 51-year-old Burrillville man, a former Woonsocket Police Department dispatcher, was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from an incident in which he sent lewd text messages to a youth, police said.
Burrillville Police Major Lareto P. Guglietta said a report was filed Monday with the Burrillville police by a concerned mother who said her son was receiving lewd text messages from an adult male.

Whitehouse accused of being distracted

July 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Accusing his opponent of “serial hypocrisy,” Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act “long into the night,” to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.

Landmark falls back to litigation on rates

July 19, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
It’s the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale – and survival – of the hospital.

July 17th

Chafee praised for hiring women

July 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — It’s not every day that a politician keeps a campaign promise, so RI GAP (Government Appointments Project) held a Statehouse event Tuesday to thank Gov. Lincoln Chafee for doubling the number of female appointees, not just to boards and commissions, but to top positions in his administration.

Roof collapses on old Woonsocket mill building

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — One of the oldest surviving examples of a fieldstone mill in the city will be at least partially torn down after an apparent roof collapse at the 781 Social St. structure Monday night, officials say.
The roof line of the four-story circa-1828 mill was reported to have collapsed downward into the building and created a risk of further collapse of the supporting walls of its east side along the Peters River.

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