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June 27th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council approved a proposed $129 million city budget plan early Tuesday morning but not before engaging in a pitched debate over a projected $6,375 savings for keeping the River Island Park ice rink closed next winter.
The ice rink's operation was ultimately retained in the 2012-13 spending plan but will now have to survive the state-appointed Budget Commission's final action on the city's budget in the coming days.
WOONSOCKET â€” As the declaration period winds down today, five challengers have surfaced to run against incumbent lawmakers, with most targeting House members involved in the controversial sinking of the supplemental tax bill two weeks ago.
Stuart Gitlow, a psychiatrist from the North End, Michael Morin, a Woonsocket firefighter, and Michael Moniz, have all taken out papers to run against incumbent State Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49).
Read more in our print edition.
Ten-year-old Ansley Girard of Woonsocket, reads her Pokemon book in a comfortable perch in a window sill at the Woonsocket YMCA Tuesday.
LINCOLN â€“ A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
â€śThe Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,â€ť Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.
See the slideshow of the devastating fire that gutted the Old Grist Mill Tavern. Click NEWS on the menu bar and scroll down.
Firefighters pour water onto the Old Grist Mill in Seekonk, which was gutted by fire after a tractor trailer overturned on Fall River Avenue around 6 a.m. Sunday. The truck knocked down a utility pole and struck a gas meter leading to the restaurant. A gas leak ignited and spread to the building. The historic building, built in 1745, is considered a total loss.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police are investigating a series of three armed robberies at local businesses over the past two weeks.
Police Detective Jamie Paone, department spokeswomman, said the robbers hitting the businesses threatened employees with large wooden sticks in two of incidents while demanding money and threatening employees with a wrench in the third incident.
All three robberies remain under investigation; detectives are probing whether the same robber may have conducted the similar crimes.
WOONSOCKET â€“ First it was the theft of copper pipe from abandoned homes, now local police are investigating the theft of copper from costly heating and air conditioning units atop local commercial properties and businesses.
Derek J. Kunz, whoâ€™ll enter his senior year this fall at the Beacon Charter School for the Arts, was one of 15 American high school ballet dancers chosen to spend six weeks of the summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.
Read Sunday's edition of The Call for complete story.
Madeleine Mondor, far left, wife of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, stands with PawSox president Mike Tamburro and sculptor Tayo Heuser after a 6-foot bronze statue of late PawSox owner and patriarch was unveiled during a ceremony in Mondor Gardens at McCoy Stadium Friday. Mr. Mondor was a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy. See SPORTS for complete story and photos in Saturday's edition.