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June 23rd, 2012

Thieves target copper from HVAC systems

June 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – First it was the theft of copper pipe from abandoned homes, now local police are investigating the theft of copper from costly heating and air conditioning units atop local commercial properties and businesses.

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES

June 23, 2012

Derek J. Kunz, who’ll enter his senior year this fall at the Beacon Charter School for the Arts, was one of 15 American high school ballet dancers chosen to spend six weeks of the summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

Read Sunday's edition of The Call for complete story.

MAN OF STATURE

June 23, 2012

Madeleine Mondor, far left, wife of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, stands with PawSox president Mike Tamburro and sculptor Tayo Heuser after a 6-foot bronze statue of late PawSox owner and patriarch was unveiled during a ceremony in Mondor Gardens at McCoy Stadium Friday. Mr. Mondor was a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy. See SPORTS for complete story and photos in Saturday's edition.

YWCA summer program aimed at girls ages 5-9

June 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Summer is here and with it new opportunities at the YWCA on Blackstone Street for girls to make the most of their time off from school.
Meghan Grady, YWCA chief operating officer, said Friday that the organization has created a new summer program for girls ages 5 to 9 aimed at building self-esteem through physical activity and games.
The “GoGirlGo” summer daycamp program was developed by the national Women's Sports Foundation to get young women to develop their interest in athletics at an early age.

June 22nd

Sandusky found guilty of sexual abuse!

June 22, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.

June 21st

Panel gives first nod to budget

June 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state-appointed Budget Commission running city finances granted first approval of the city's proposed $122 million budget for 2012-2013 even while conceding that figure does not appear to contain enough funding for local schools.
The commission will take up the proposal again next Thursday for second and final passage and its members voiced a hope that city and school officials will be able to improve the budget's accuracy by that time.

Read more in our print edition

The swans are back

June 21, 2012

Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, gets some help from City Councilor Christopher O'Neill, who represents District 3 where Slater Park is located, in christening one of several new paddleboats on Thursday. The boats will return to the park's Slater Pond on Saturday after a lapse of nearly a half-century. In lieu of champagne, a pink-ribboned bottle of spring water did the honors. The paddleboats, three of which are designed as swans, will be available at the boathouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. After Labor Day, the paddleboats will be available on weekends.

June 20th

Kitchen vent fire puts nine seniors out of homes

June 20, 2012

LINCOLN — A kitchen vent fire at the town's Lincoln Manor housing complex on Franklin St. left nine seniors out of their homes on Tuesday.
The fire in a vent serving four apartments in the eight-unit, single-story building was quickly extinguished by local firefighters and none of the senior residents were hurt, according to the town's Housing Authority.

Read more in today's print edition.

Panel to look over proposed budget

June 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state-appointed Budget Commission will give an overview of the city's proposed $122 million budget when the panel convenes Thursday afternoon in historic Harris Hall beginning at 3 p.m.
The City Council held a public hearing on the budget plan during its meeting on Monday but deferred its comment to a work session in Harris Hall Thursday evening.
The Council will vote on its recommendation for a budget on Monday, leaving final action on the budget to Budget Commission possibly on June 29, according to City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.

June 19th

Few comment on proposed budget

June 19, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The City Council held a public hearing on Mayor Leo T. Fontaine's proposed $122-million city budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 but heard only a handful of local residents comment on the spending plan before the session concluded about 40 minutes after in began in historic Harris Hall.
The light turnout of residents compared to past years likely had to do with the city's move to put its spending authority in the hands of a state-appointed Budget Commission which met earlier in the day and will continue work on a final 2012-2013 budget on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.

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