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July 24th, 2012

Councilman Moreau discharged from hospital

July 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Councilman Robert Moreau was hospitalized for 38 days after a bout with kidney cancer turned unexpectedly life-threatening.
Moreau, 50, who was recently discharged, said he may be well enough to attend the next meeting of the council on Aug. 6.

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Frank Beazley, advocate for disabled, dies at 83

July 24, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Frank Beazley, a Rhode Island artist and advocate for the disabled, has died. He was 83.
Beazley died Sunday at Zambarano Hospital, where he had lived for more than 45 years since he was paralyzed in a fall.

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July 22nd

Fire at Chateau Clare displaces 30

July 22, 2012

Woonsocket firefighters sift through the rubble in Room 209 at Chateau Clare on Park Avenue in Woonsocket Sunday morning where a fire was reported. Roughly 30 residents were evacuated and asked to go to St. James Parish Hall across the street to await further
instructions. Mary Sene, a resident who suffers from COPD, was taken to Landmark Medical Center to be treated for difficulty breathing. Firefighters knocked down the wall to her apartment while battling the blaze, which is believed to have started around 5:30 a.m., according to a witness. The Red Cross was on scene to assist.

Crash claims life of Warwick woman

July 22, 2012

BELLINGHAM — A 30-year-old Warwick woman was killed and her passenger — a 31-year-old Harrisville man —was seriously injured following a car crash early Sunday.
Emergency crews from Bellingham and Woonsocket were called to the scene on Paine Street at about 1:30 a.m., according to WPRI-TV.
The driver, Jessie Crum, and her passenger, Joshua Champagne, were trapped inside an SUV that had rolled over into a tree in front of the New England Country Club in Bellingham. They were eventually cut free by the Jaws of Life, WPRI reported.

July 21st

Final phase of French Worsted wrecking may be trickiest

July 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The final phase of demolition of the former French Worsted mill complex at 153 Hamlet Avenue may be the trickiest of what has been a year-long project at the site.
Coventry Building and Wrecking has demolished and recycled all but a small portion of the five-story woolen thread manufacturing structure built in the early 1900s during Woonsocket's manufacturing heyday.

River begins rise to normal levels

July 21, 2012

BLACKSTONE — The water level in the Blackstone River and Canal above the Rolling Dam is now rising, but it may take a few days before levels are back to normal.
That was the latest announcement Thursday from town public works officials who said work conducted at the site yesterday is helping the situation, which is not nearly as dire as it was a few days ago when officials reported that the water level was about six feet lower than normal.

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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.

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