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March 14th, 2012

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.”

LONG OVERDUE -- Sen. Reed to present medals to WWII veteran Monday

March 10, 2012

LINCOLN — John Wilson was just a teenager when he encountered what was the greatest challenge of his life. With World War II in full swing, Wilson left his Woodland Street home in Saylesville in 1944 to join the U.S. Navy and soon found himself serving aboard the Fletcher-class Destroyer Isherwood as it entered battle in the Philippines.
He would see action in the battles of Leyte Gulf and Lingayen Gulf and hone his skill as an anti-aircraft gunner before his ship joined the fleet supporting the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945.

March 9th

Police seek public's help

March 9, 2012

The Woonsocket Prevention Coalition and the local police department are reaching out to the community to assist in crime prevention and helping with unsolved crimes. This billboard, located on the corner of Hamlet Avenue and Manville Road, seeks information in the unsolved killing of 22-year-old Robert Jones on October 28, 2008. Jones was shot in his apartment at 425 Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket. The Woonsocket Police Department continues to actively work this investigation and has followed up on several leads since the incident occurred, police said.

2 city residents charged in house breaks

March 9, 2012

NORTH SCITUATE — State law enforcement officials are charging two Woonsocket residents with a series of house breaks throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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