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February 25th, 2015

City to say goodbye to Budget Commission

February 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The state-appointed Budget Commission is expected to disband by April 1, restoring financial control to elected officials for the first time since May 2012, according to Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, a member of the panel.
Baldelli-Hunt said that after the commission dissolves, the state will appoint an overseer to monitor the city’s financial condition for the foreseeable future.

February 24th

Witness testifies to flaw in Tempest case

February 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Lawyers for Raymond D. Tempest Jr. elicited testimony in Superior Court Tuesday from a woman they credit with ferreting out a major flaw in the state’s case that was unknown to the jury that convicted him in 1992 for murdering Doreen C. Picard.

Pawtucket Red Sox | New PawSox owners say thanks but no thanks to Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium

February 24, 2015

 

PAWTUCKET – It will soon be game over for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate, have been sold for a reported $20 million to a group of 10 New England businessmen, including current Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino. 

The new ownership officially purchased the team on Sunday night from Madeleine Mondor, widow of the late Ben Mondor; President Michael Tamburro; and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer, according to a new release issued by the Red Sox yesterday.

February 23rd

Landmark, Prime celebrate one year of partnership

February 23, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With a year of improvement now behind it, Landmark Medical Center recently took a moment to thank those who helped the longtime local hospital organization find a way out of its fiscal struggles.

Tempest investigator on the hot seat

February 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Based on the richly detailed statements he had given Woonsocket police, Burrillville farmer Ronald Vaz became the star witness in the 1992 trial that led to Raymond D. Tempest Jr.’s conviction for murder in the bludgeoning death of Doreen C. Picard.

But lawyers for Tempest continued hammering away at Vaz’s veracity in Superior Court on Monday, as they questioned the lead investigator in the murder, retired Detective Sgt. Ronald Pennington.

February 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | New PawSox ownership group to have distinct Rhode Island flavor

February 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A quartet of Rhode Islanders with strong ties to the state’s business community will be part of the new ownership group of the Pawtucket Red Sox, The Times and The Call has learned.

The locally based owners, who according to the Boston Globe will include the Boston Red Sox as a minority shareholder, include Tom Ryan, former president and chief executive officer of CVS/Caremark Corporation; Terry Murray, former Fleet Blank CEO; James Skeffington, a Providence-based attorney; and Ray Mancini, a liquor distributor.

February 21st

Brutal winter weather takes a toll on area churches

February 21, 2015

The brutal snow and cold that continues to slam New England is creating a hardship on local churches, where the relentless and record-breaking storms this winter have resulted in empty pews and empty collection plates.

“It’s a scary time,” says Rev. Edward G. St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Woonsocket. “Most of my parishioners are elderly, and this winter has been very hard on them. People are either sick or they are unable to get out because of all the heavy snow and ice.”

February 19th

Frechette has held zoning board seat more than half his life

February 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Even in a small city, politics can be as fleeting as fashion, an ever-changing parade of faces on the red carpet of public life.

Unless you’re Norman G. Frechette.

At 85 years old, Frechette has served on the Zoning Board of Review more than half his life without interruption – 45 years – a plain-spoken voice of common sense as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar.

A longtime construction tradesman whose specialty was excavating with dynamite, Frechette was still working sporadically until very recently.

February 18th

Charter school may expand

February 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Beacon Charter High School for the Arts is seeking permission from the Rhode Island Department of Education to increase seating capacity by some 70 percent over six years, mostly by adding a middle school to be called Founders Academy.
According to RIDE, Beacon wants to serve 399 students in Grades 6-12, beginning with a class of 45 students in its first-ever Grade 6 in the fall. Currently, the school is allowed a maximum of 225 students in Grades 9-12.

City workers scuffle, one sent to hospital

February 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A police investigation is under way after the highway superintendent was involved in an altercation that left one of his employees with a badly broken ankle.
Official sources said the two workers who had physical contact were veteran Highway Supt. Rick Lambert, 58, and Mark Gelinas, 48, a laborer in the highway division.
Gelinas was taken to the hospital from the Michael Simpson Highway Depot on River Street a week ago. Sources said he was in the hospital four days.

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