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March 17th, 2012

WHS students share their life-changing visit to Rwanda

March 17, 2012

By JOSEPH B. NADEAU

WOONSOCKET — They had heard the stories about the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and had even met a survivor who visited their school a year ago.
But a group of seniors from the high school now knows just reading about a defining moment in history, or researching media coverage about it, isn't enough to give true understanding of the impact it had on those experiencing it.

March 15th

Chafee unveils municipal reform plan

March 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Standing in the City Hall of one of the “highly distressed communities” that he is hoping to aid, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee unveiled his proposal of a legislative package aimed at reforming municipal pension plans run by the State and by cities and towns and providing other types of financial relief from state mandates.

Main Street is getting its own manager

March 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Shopping malls have managers to help coordinate marketing efforts, merchant selection, building upkeep and customer service.
Now Main Street is getting one, and for many of the same reasons.

March 14th

Schools to stay open

March 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — If members of the School Committee wanted to rile up city residents about the worth of local education with a threat to end the current school year on April 5, they achieved that many times over Wednesday night.
More than 800 people filled the Hamlet Middle School cafeteria and a spill over room in the school gym to object strongly to that plan.
And when the matter came to a vote two-and-half-hours later, the plan was dropped like the bad egg the speakers had made it out to be.

Woonsocket fire injures 3, displaces 10

March 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – An unidentified city woman was injured when a fire broke out in the kitchen of her 50 Jackson St. apartment building just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Deputy Fire Chief Paul Russell said the woman suffered minor burns and was transported to the hospital by rescue for treatment.
A teenager living in the apartment building also suffered an ankle injury escaping the fire and Russell said a city firefighter was injured in the effort to knock down the blaze.
“It was a kitchen fire on second floor with extension of the fire into the third floor,” Russell said at the scene.

Homeless shelter clients organizing protests

March 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Jim Walker is neatly dressed, well-groomed and articulate. He's also homeless.
The 51-year-old Bellingham native says he got that way after he was laid off from his job as a car salesman and his unemployment benefits ran out.

State officials: School closing not going to happen

March 14, 2012

PROVIDENCE – No matter how the Woonsocket School Committee votes tonight, state officials say they are not going to allow the city to end its school year in April.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee called that idea “a non-starter,” adding that it is “just inconceivable” that the last two and a half months of the school year could get lopped off the education calendar.
Several officials pointed to a provision in state law saying that the commissioner of education would have to give the school department a waiver from the requirement that schools be in session 180 days a school year.

March 12th

Busby still on leave, no longer paid

March 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — On paid leave from her $90,000 a year job since January, School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby has been quietly stripped of her salary.
School Department sources familiar with Busby’s employment status say she was informed in a letter last week that she is no longer being paid, though she remains on leave. Busby was also advised that her employment status will be the subject of a closed-door hearing before the School Committee, tentatively scheduled for March 21.

March 11th

American Legion about helping fellow veterans

March 11, 2012

On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.

March 10th

Flanders: Municipal bankruptcy not such a bad thing

March 10, 2012

WARWICK — Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it “is not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.”

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