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WOONSOCKET â Nearly all of them speak at least a little Spanish, oneâs learning sign language and anotherâs been patrolling the corridors of a federal penitentiary a couple of miles away.
Theyâre five new members of the Woonsocket Police Department, sworn in yesterday at police headquarters after graduating from the state Municipal Police Academy in Lincoln.
âTheyâre very special people,â said Police Chief Thomas Carey. âHundreds of people apply for these jobs. We try to get the best people we possibly can.â
WOONSOCKET â Due to last-minute debate on the middle class tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) is postponing the opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office, the Small Business Tour and the Neighborhood Supper for First District constituents from the Woonsocket area that were originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
WOONSOCKET â Tracy Caisse doesnât even remember writing the letter.
After all, it was in the third grade. Her teacher at the former East Woonsocket Elementary School had told her to write a letter to a soldier in the Gulf War as a class assignment.
When the phone rang two weeks ago, Caisse didnât recognize the callerâs name or voice. He said his name was Robert Diaz and he wanted to thank her for not forgetting him while he was digging bunkers and dodging Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia.
After 21 years, the ex-Marine had answered the letter Caisse wrote to him when she was eight years old.
WOONSOCKET â For the second time this year, the police broke up an after-hours party involving booze, pot and a horde of minors inside the Bonin Spinning complex Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene as police arrived at the 1265 Mendon Road mill about 12:50 a.m. and many of the revelers began scattering on foot or racing through the bumpy parking lot in motor vehicles to escape.
PROVIDENCE â Despite the wholesale rejection of his first budget by the General Assembly and his failure to expand long-awaited pension reform legislation to cover troubled municipal plans, Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he considers his freshman year at the helm of the Ocean State to be a success.
WOONSOCKET â The legal move by Woonsocket and Pawtucket to overturn the state's school funding formula may be headed for an early court showdown.
Gov. Chafeeâs administration recently filed a motion in Superior Court seeking to have the Woonsocket and Pawtucket suit dismissed. Stephen Robinson, the education law attorney representing the communities, in turn responded with a countering petition.
WOONSOCKET â Once the largest rubber mill in the world, the Alice Mill collapsed in a gale of fire this spring, another icon of the cityâs industrial heritage laid to waste.
But the landmark lives on as the inspiration for this seasonâs installment of the municipal Christmas tree ornament. Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says he could think of no better tribute to a site that has touched so many generations of city residents and their families.
WOONSOCKET â There was yet another dose of sobering financial news for the School Department yesterday as Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III informed officials that its local appropriation of $13 million is exhausted, about a month earlier than last year.
The school department is still due some $4.7 million a month from state and federal sources for the balance of the fiscal year, but Bruce said the depletion of local funds could translate into a cash crunch when salary payouts for teachers and other bills are due.
WOONSOCKET â There hasnât been a federal constituent service office in the city for well over a decade, but all that will change on Tuesday when U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) officially launches one inside City Hall.
The public is invited to join Cicilline as he marks the grand opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office at 4 p.m., followed by a small business tour of Main Street, said Raymonde Charles, spokeswoman for the congressman.
WOONSOCKET â The School Committee named Anita McGuire-Forcier as its new chairwoman last night on a 4-0 vote.
Vimala Phongsavanh was named vice-chairwoman also on a 4-0 vote.
Veteran School Committeewoman Eleanor Nadeau, the longest-serving member of the panel, abstained from both decisions.