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April 19th, 2014

Local cops walk a beat for their fallen brothers

April 19, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Despite an early fundraising setback, COPS Walk is forging ahead this spring and hopes to outstrip last year’s totals, said Lt. Edward Cunanan.

“We’ve been lucky,” he says. “For each of the last several years, we’ve raised more money than the year before.”

It will be harder than ever to maintain the streak, says Cunanan, but participants are still going to try. Organizers have two events scheduled in the days ahead, including a “Spring Fling” at Ciro’s Tavern on Cherry on April 26 and a comedy dinner at the Father Marot CYO Center on May 3.

Unfinished business in Boston

April 19, 2014

MILLVILLE – For Justin O’Connell, 2013 was supposed to be The Year.
After years of training, after the struggle just to learn how to walk again, that was the year he was supposed to complete his first marathon – the Boston Marathon.

As he reached Mile 24, just a couple short of the finish line, O’Connell saw the cell phones come out and people talking in excited, panicky tones. Soon word had spread among the marathoners: Some kind of bombs had exploded near the finish line. Then the fences went up, the race halted.

April 17th

Judge reduces bail for child molester

April 17, 2014

UXBRIDGE – A Worcester Superior Court judge Tuesday reduced bail for a 62-year-old registered sex offender and Uxbridge resident who won $10 million in the Massachusetts State Lottery five years ago and was arrested again recently in town.
At a bail hearing Tuesday, Judge James Lemire reduced bail for Daniel T. Snay from $5 million to $50,000. He will also be placed on GPS monitoring and was ordered to stay away from all children under 16.
Snay, 62, of 558 Elmwood Avenue, was arraigned last month on new charges that he sexually assaulted a boy over a four-year period, police said.

April 16th

Will Landmark Medical Center get a tax bill?

April 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – State and local officials of the cash-strapped city took action on two fronts this week to bolster its authority to pry from Landmark Medical Center some sorely needed tax revenue for the first time.

April 15th

All-day K gets another look

April 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer envisions the use of any classroom space at the Woonsocket Middle School complex, officials say.
Joseph Spagna, business manager for the Woonsocket Education Department, said initial forecasts that full-day kindergarten would result in a one-time increase of $688,000 in state aid next fiscal year were far too conservative and based on an inaccurate reading of education reimbursement schedules provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

April 14th

Lost cellphone leads to charges

April 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A man who was using a GPS device to hunt down his missing cellphone was threatened with a handgun after he followed the trail to a Second Avenue apartment, police said.
Kelvin Trovon Eason, 22, allegedly pointed a .177-caliber, gas-powered pistol directly at the victim’s head from a doorway on the third floor of 89 Second Ave.
A second man was allegedly pistol-whipped when he tried to help the first, but police said they brought no charges in that case because the victim was unable to identify his assailant.

April 13th

Through sweat equity, families aid each other in building new homes

April 13, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — Given that they have little or no experience in carpentry or the construction trades, the members of six families from the Greater Woonsocket area are going to be spending a good part of the summer doing something very strange.

They’re going to help build each other’s houses on a parcel of land not far from Pascoag Reservoir.

April 12th

Dubois finishing work on Autumnfest movie; will premiere Aug. 28

April 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Taking on a filmmaking project is one thing, and getting the project to completion in many ways something else altogether. There is the process of reviewing the footage shot, putting it into the context of the storyline, and then going through the final edit while keeping the film in line with the goal for its creation.

Local filmmaker Derek Dubois has been going through all of that as he finishes up work on his “City on the Move,” a film about Woonsocket’s premiere annual fall celebration, Autumnfest, and its relationship to the city’s ongoing economic and fiscal troubles.

April 11th

Religious programming returns to Blackstone cable TV

April 11, 2014

BLACKSTONE – Religious programming will return to cable access television in Blackstone.

At its meeting Tuesday, the selectmen unanimously voted to overturn a previous board ruling and adopt a new policy that will allow religious oriented programming back on the air effective immediately.

April 10th

RI House speaker visits Woonsocket

April 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET – After spending half a day touring the city with Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and local legislators, new House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called Woonsocket “a community that needs our attention right now.”
Mattiello, who assumed the most powerful position in state government two weeks ago after a scandal felled his predecessor, Gordon Fox, told a Rotary Club luncheon that “I got a good view of Woonsocket today. You’ve got some great things going on, but there is also blight in certain areas.”

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