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April 28th, 2012

Fast-moving Hope Street blaze leaves 15 homeless

April 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A late morning fire Saturday forced residents of a five-family apartment building at 24 Hope St. to flee for their lives.
All of the residents were reported to have made it to safety even though two were forced to jump from a second-floor window and a pregnant woman and her young child had to be assisted from their apartment by a neighbor.
The 11:23 a.m. fire heavily damaged the three-story, wood-frame building and the reported 15 people living there were all expected to be left homeless.

April 27th

Flanders tells the ups and downs of receivership

April 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Former Judge Robert G. Flanders Jr. pulled no punches in relating the impacts of a state-run receivership and bankruptcy on a local community while appearing before the Woonsocket Taxpayers’ Coalition Thursday evening.
Yes, Flanders told the gathering in the Elks Hall on Social Street that his role as state receiver for Central Falls has resulted in lower costs to balance the community's troubled budget, but he has also had to raise taxes and eliminate some local services such as the senior center and public library.

FFRF doesn't expect drawn-out legal battle with city

April 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Wisconsin group challenging the constitutionality of a cross on a war memorial on city property says it expects to prevail without the type of long legal battle that unfolded over a prayer banner ordered removed this year from a public high school in Cranston.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to Mayor Leo Fontaine this month saying the Christian cross on a 1921 monument outside Fire Station No. 2 is unlawful because it violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

April 26th

Harlequins closing its doors

April 26, 2012

By RUSS OLIVO

WOONSOCKET — Marlene Gagnon shoves her hand deep into a rack of multi-colored clothing and yanks out a long, white gown of slippery sateen fabric with a ribbon of hieroglyphic-like imagery running up the back.
“That’s Cleopatra,” she says.

(Opinion) This cross should never be removed

April 26, 2012

When William Jolicoeur went off to war as part of the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division in 1917, he was part of a band of men that was very welcome in France. General John Pershing was glad to have them. Marshal Ferdinand Foch was glad to have them.
You see, they were from Woonsocket and could speak the native tongue, making them even more valuable than the other doughboys who were landing in Europe in droves.

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April 26, 2012

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April 25th

Diocese defrocks Woonsocket priest

April 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Citing allegations of sexual misconduct that happened nearly 30 years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has defrocked a priest assigned to Precious Blood parish and ordered him to move out of the rectory.

Charges sustained in Lynch case

April 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While saying that he didn’t believe the accounts from either party were “100-percent accurate” and that the incident itself might have been sparked by “road rage,” a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal magistrate on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Pawtucket Police Department and sustained charges of refusal to submit to a chemical test and a roadway violation that had been brought against Jarred Lynch stemming from his 2011 collision with a Pawtucket Police sergeant.

Council almost unanimous in support of Chafee’s municipal rescue package

April 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Despite Cumberland Town Council President James T. Higgins' best efforts to drum up unanimous support, the council last week ended up voting 6 to 1 to adopt a resolution in support of Governor Lincoln Chafee's municipal reform and relief legislative package.
The vote came one week after Chafee personally urged the council to support his municipal rescue package, saying support of the proposals will ease the financial burden on cities and towns and help stave off more local bankruptcies.

April 24th

In unusual move, Judge Vogel revokes plea deal

April 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE – At the core of it was a vexing question that Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel just couldn’t let go.
Why would a woman, abandoned in the snow “like road kill” after a hit-and-run in Woonsocket, suddenly decide that a jail-time sentence was too severe for the driver?

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