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May 5th, 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 cityâs historic train depot.
Takeshi Hikiharaâs 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.
WOONSOCKET â The school committee voted to rehire 350 teachers for the coming school year Thursday, but will wait until May 11 to begin consideration of the budget covering Fiscal 2013.
School Committee Chairwoman Anita McGuire-Forcier said the panel's 4-0 vote to rehire teachers who were given notices of possible layoff for the coming school year was only the first of what are likely to be many committee votes on the budget in the coming weeks. School Committeewoman Eleanor Nadeau did not attend due to illness, Forcier said.
BLACKSTONE â The historic East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The burial grounds date back to 1799 and the Meeting House located at 197 Elm St. was built in 1812.
The East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Historical Association will be celebrating this major milestone with events throughout the year, including a series of ecumenical services that kicks off this weekend.
PAWTUCKET(AP) â Pawtucket police say they were defending themselves when they killed a Massachusetts man who pulled a gun on them during a traffic stop.
Two police officers shot the man several times on Sherman Street shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say they stopped the man because he appeared to match the description of a suspect wanted by Massachusetts state police for an assault with a firearm earlier in the day.
WOONSOCKET â An atheist group from Wisconsin may want the World War I monument bearing a prominent Latin cross removed, but a throng of people rallied around the marker yesterday with another idea, expressed in thunderous enthusiasm.
âItâs staying where it is,â boomed Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, former adjutant general of the Rhode Island National Guard. âIt stays where it is, as it is, right here in the city of Woonsocket. A round of applause and cheers rose from the sea of faces as Centracchioâs voice boomed over a high-decibel PA system, âThis is the line in the sand.â
WOONSOCKET â Steward Health Care System surpassed a preliminary but important regulatory hurdle in its bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center Tuesday as a health department subcommittee recommended approval of the Boston suitorâs application to assume âeffective controlâ of the hospital.
An eight-member subcommittee of the powerful Health Services Council voted unanimously in favor of Stewardâs application after airing issues of Stewardâs financial strength, quality of care and commitment to the needy during a series of earlier meetings.
WOONSOCKET â Police surprised two masked men as they were lugging computers out of Woonsocket High School through a smashed window early Sunday.
One of the suspects escaped after scaling a fence, but another was captured after a foot chase. Police also recovered about $12,000 worth of computer equipment the alleged intruders had removed from the school.
Maxwell A. Johnson, 19, was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with felonious intent and conspiracy to commit a felony.
WOONSOCKET â The monument defense fund hadnât even been officially created yet, but Mayor Leo Fontaine accepted the first donation, hand-delivered, all the way from Spring Lake, Michigan.
âI really had no idea this was going to happen,â said Dennis Masson, as he wrote a check for $1,000 to the fund at City Hall yesterday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â The Wisconsin group that condemned a World War I monument bearing a Latin cross as a violation of the separation of church and state because itâs located on city property may have a legal battle on its hands after all.
Buoyed by offers of free legal assistance and an outpouring of public support, the City Council will decide tonight whether to establish a defense fund to keep the monument at Place Jolicoeur, in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 2, with the Latin cross intact.
WOONSOCKET â It doesnât matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldierâs name on that monument, says Lucien Jolicoeur, and he would be just as angry if the cross were removed, as a First Amendment defenders group is demanding.
âThe cross is my very biggest complaint,â Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. âI donât care if itâs my uncle or another solider. I donât think anyone has a right to touch that cross.â