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October 20th, 2012
GLOCESTER â Some say they worked the land. Others say the land worked them.
Survival wasnât for the faint of heart among the grist-millers, farmers, cider-pressers and others who labored in the townâs earliest and most primitive enterprises, says historian Betty Mencucci.
Their stories unfold in vivid detail in episode three of âWest of the Seven Mile Line â A History of Glocester.â Itâs the latest â and last â in the Seven Mile series of documentary videos on the townâs history that Mencucci and her husband, Carlo, began working on five years ago.
WOONSOCKET â The school departmentâs 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.
BELLINGHAM â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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 nationâs Industrial Revolution, was a natural magnet.
WOONSOCKET â Two tart-tongued female impersonators will dish up an evening of Vegas-style song, dance and comedy in the Milk Fundâs first fundraiser of the year at the Coachmenâs Lodge in Bellingham on Nov. 9.
The featured performers are Kitty Litter and Sabrina Blaze, aka Stephen Hartley and Wayne Alan Hawkins. Theyâve been selling out theater venues with their cross-dressing schtick and comic banter for years, including a number of shows in the local area.
WOONSOCKET â 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 Sundayâs 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
âThe time for debate was before the primary,â said Casey. âI already defeated him in September and heâs not on the ballot.â
But Brien said heâll go solo if Casey doesnât show up.
LINCOLN â 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.
âWe believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,â 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.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â 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.
WOONSOCKET â For an 18-month-old boy crushed under a piece of fallen furniture, death came in the blink of an eye Monday.
The boyâs grandmother told police she had been watching the boy up until the very moment the bookcase tipped over and fell on him.
âShe turned her back for a second to move something in a doorway that leads to the basement,â reported Patrolman Patrick Roy. âShe turned around and saw the wooden bookcase was now on top of the boyâs chest.â