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May 11th, 2012

House to take up supplemental tax bill

May 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — In a hearing that may, for better or for worse, chart a course for the financial future of the city, the House Finance Committee will take up enabling legislation Tuesday that could clear the way for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill.

May 10th

Crosses on sale at city businesses

May 10, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Never mind the drill bits and two-by-fours. Pepin Lumber’s hottest product these days is one you’re more likely to run across in a cemetery than a lumber yard, and they’re not making a dime on it, at least none they’re keeping.
It’s the Latin cross, modeled after the one atop a nearby World War I monument that a Wisconsin atheist group would like to see disappear.
Now the plain white crosses are sprouting up on lawns from Fairmount to the North End in a show of support for City Hall, which might have to fight the Freedom From Religion Foundation in court to save the monument.

Daniele Inc. breaks ground on new facility

May 10, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Members of the Dukcevich family, owners of Daniele Inc., were joined Tuesday by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Ecnomic Development Corporation Director Keith Stokes and local town officials for a groundbreaking of the company's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and addition in Mapleville.
Daniele, Inc. produces Italian-style specialty foods for U.S. and international markets. The company is best known for its cured meats such as salame, prosciutto and pancetta carried by high-end delis and supermarkets.

Chafee appeals federal decision on Pleau

May 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A tug-of-war over an inmate in Rhode Island custody in a possible death penalty case escalated Wednesday as Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court ruling allowing the inmate to stand trial in federal court

May 9th

Woonsocket cops walk to DC for fallen heroes

May 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The father of slain Providence Patrolman Steven Shaw knows it’s hard for some people to understand why, after 19 years, he still shows up for events like the Woonsocket Police Department’s COPS Walk.
“They don’t understand,” he says. “You never get over it. They say things like ‘your son’s in a better place.’ That’s a lot of baloney. If it’s so much better why don’t you go there instead?’

Lawmakers look to protect memorials

May 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Local lawmakers are rallying to the defense of Woonsocket’s Place Jolicoeur war memorial with legislation to protect it and similar monuments from state constitutional challenges and defend it against federal constitutional challenges.
Rep. James McLaughlin, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Cumberland and Central Falls, introduced a bill in the House yesterday that will allow any elected state or municipal official to designate any “structure, sculpture, inscription or icon” as a “category one” memorial.

Call staff takes home awards at RI Press Association banquet

May 9, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Four staffers from the Woonsocket Call and Pawtucket Times took home a total of five Rhode Island Press Association awards during the group’s annual banquet at the Quonset O in North Kingstown Friday.
The showing was especially strong for photographers, who dominated the general news category. Ernest Brown took home a first place plaque for “Good Night Irene,” his dramatic photo of a tsunami-like wave crashing against the sea wall in Narragansett during the height of Hurricane Irene.

May 7th

Fed court rules against Pleau

May 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that an inmate at the center of a legal tug-of-war between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and federal prosecutors may stand trial in federal court, where he faces a possible death penalty prosecution over a fatal robbery.
The 3-2 decision issued by the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston sided with federal prosecutors, saying the state prison would serve as “a refuge against federal charges” if Jason W. Pleau were allowed to remain in the custody of Rhode Island authorities.

May 6th

Woonsocket Health & Rehab opens assisted living unit

May 6, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Times never stop changing in the healthcare business, and the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center keeps changing along with them.
The latest update for the 262 Poplar St. facility is the creation of a new assisted living unit, designed to give comparatively healthy individuals a housing option that still provides the security of backup nursing care, if needed.

May 5th

Japanese consulate general to help unveil ‘Hachiko’ May 19

May 5, 2012

The Japanese consulate general will visit Woonsocket on May 19 for a festive unveiling of a permanent statue of the legendary Japanese dog, Hachiko, in front of the city’s historic train depot.
Takeshi Hikihara’s diplomatic excursion is part of a broader celebration of the growing Cherry Blossom Festival in Pawtucket and Central Falls, where he also plans stops earlier in the day, says Robert Billington, executive director of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

 

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