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May 2nd, 2012

Health panel gives preliminary nod to Steward

May 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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 suitor’s application to assume “effective control” of the hospital.
An eight-member subcommittee of the powerful Health Services Council voted unanimously in favor of Steward’s application after airing issues of Steward’s financial strength, quality of care and commitment to the needy during a series of earlier meetings.

May 1st

Police foil high school robbery

May 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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.

Michigan man visits City Hall to give fund $1,000

May 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The monument defense fund hadn’t even been officially created yet, but Mayor Leo Fontaine accepted the first donation, hand-delivered, all the way from Spring Lake, Michigan.
“I really had no idea this was going to happen,” said Dennis Masson, as he wrote a check for $1,000 to the fund at City Hall yesterday afternoon.

April 30th

City opts to fight for memorial

April 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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 it’s 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.

Honoree's nephew says he's ready for the battle

April 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It doesn’t matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldier’s 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.
“The cross is my very biggest complaint,” Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. “I don’t care if it’s my uncle or another solider. I don’t think anyone has a right to touch that cross.”

April 29th

Harrisville Hose company marks 100 years

April 29, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Harrisville Hose Company No. 1 is gearing up for a major milestone: its 100th birthday.
On Saturday, May 5, the fire department will celebrate 100 years with a banquet at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Burrillville. Former members that were located have been invited as well as many other guests.
The Harrisville Fire District is comprised of the Harrisville Fire Department, Hose Company No. 1 and the Harrisville Water Department. It is located in the heart of the Town of Burrillville, and encompasses the historic villages of Harrisville and a portion of Glendale.

April 28th

Meeting Monday for at-risk homeowners

April 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – State Reps. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket), Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) and Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) have invited Rhode Island Housing to hold an informational meeting about the Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island for at-risk homeowners.
The meeting will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. in Harris Hall, 169 Main St. and include a breakdown of changes to HHFRI that will make it easier for struggling homeowners to obtain assistance with mortgage payments.

Fast-moving Hope Street blaze leaves 15 homeless

April 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A late morning fire Saturday forced residents of a five-family apartment building at 24 Hope St. to flee for their lives.
All of the residents were reported to have made it to safety even though two were forced to jump from a second-floor window and a pregnant woman and her young child had to be assisted from their apartment by a neighbor.
The 11:23 a.m. fire heavily damaged the three-story, wood-frame building and the reported 15 people living there were all expected to be left homeless.

April 27th

Flanders tells the ups and downs of receivership

April 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Former Judge Robert G. Flanders Jr. pulled no punches in relating the impacts of a state-run receivership and bankruptcy on a local community while appearing before the Woonsocket Taxpayers’ Coalition Thursday evening.
Yes, Flanders told the gathering in the Elks Hall on Social Street that his role as state receiver for Central Falls has resulted in lower costs to balance the community's troubled budget, but he has also had to raise taxes and eliminate some local services such as the senior center and public library.

FFRF doesn't expect drawn-out legal battle with city

April 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Wisconsin group challenging the constitutionality of a cross on a war memorial on city property says it expects to prevail without the type of long legal battle that unfolded over a prayer banner ordered removed this year from a public high school in Cranston.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to Mayor Leo Fontaine this month saying the Christian cross on a 1921 monument outside Fire Station No. 2 is unlawful because it violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

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