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February 26th, 2014

NS school board member resigns over budget dispute

February 26, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town’s ongoing school budget dispute appears to have caused an elected member of the School Committee, George Hemond, to tender his resignation effective Saturday.

Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton reported Hemond’s brief letter of resignation from the five-member committee, citing the budget dispute, was received at Town Hall earlier this week.

“He indicated that he didn’t feel he could do any further good because of the deterioration of the situation,” she said.

Fill 'em up! City streets sprouting potholes

February 26, 2014

WOONSOCKET – They call it the freeze-thaw cycle, and it’s the reason motorists are bobbing and weaving through some of the nastiest pothole fields on city streets in years.

For public works crews, the ups and downs of the February thermometer bring a cycle of their own to deal with the bumper crop of potholes: It starts with a shovelful of “cold patch” asphalt and goes something like this: Fill, tamp, repeat.

“Fill it first, then level it off, then tamp,” says Mark Gelinas, a highway division worker armed with a special tool for flattening the sticky, tar-based fill.

February 25th

Manville fire wardens maintain district will recover deposit on unfinished truck

February 25, 2014

LINCOLN — The Manville Fire District Board of Wardens says it now appears unlikely American LaFrance, the company contracted by the district in 2012 to build a new ladder truck, will be able to complete the job, but is assuring ratepayers the $300,000 deposit the district put down on the vehicle is protected and will not be lost.

It’s official: Morin wins House seat

February 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s official: Michael A. Morin is the new state representative for House District 49.
The Woonsocket firefighter won his stripes as an unopposed Democratic candidate in yesterday’s special election after finishing first in a three-way primary a month ago.
Morin was elected with just 233 votes. A total of 46 write-in ballots were cast against him for a variety of candidates.
“I’m just looking forward to getting going,” Morin said. “It seems like the primary was six months ago already.”

February 24th

Questions still linger over full-day K plan

February 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The state Budget Commission running city financial affairs indicated during its meeting in Harris Hall on Monday that it still has questions about a plan to implement a full-day kindergarten program in local schools in the fall and won’t consider the change until additional supportive information has been submitted by the School Department.

Shatraw named city fire chief

February 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – In one of the biggest personnel moves she’s made since taking office, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt appointed Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw as the next permanent chief of the Woonsocket Fire Department.

Shatraw, 48, is a 28-year veteran of the fire department who worked his way up through the ranks after starting out as a private in 1986.

February 23rd

TYLER'S TROOPS: Pascoag’s Tyler Seddon inspires massive convoy of police, firefighters

February 23, 2014

By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
BURRILLVILLE – When Tyler Seddon of Pascoag turns 7 on March 6 he will be greeted be a sea of police uniforms and fire hats.

Tyler, who has leukemia, loves police and firemen, and his one birthday wish is to get lots of birthday cards from his heroes.

“He goes crazy over firefighters and police,” says Tyler’s mother, Rachel. “We want this to be a special birthday, because you never know what could be next.”

February 22nd

Photography project brings hopes to life

February 22, 2014

BLACKSTONE – They say a photograph is worth a thousands words. For Nicole Lopez, a professional photographer from Blackstone, a photograph is also worth a thousand memories.

“A photograph truly is so much more than a piece of paper. It is a memory,” says Lopez, a 1996 graduate of Blackstone-Millville Regional High School and mother of two, who started her photography business, Nicole Lopez Photography, two years ago.

“With a photograph, that memory is never forgotten,” she says. “It is remembered over and over, and passed on for generations to come.”

Snow isn’t hurting local businesses: it’s helping some

February 22, 2014

As the just-starting-to-melt piles of snow throughout the area show, it has been a long and challenging winter when it comes to the weather this year.

But even when the snow falls heavy and frequently, people will still shop for needed household goods, food, clothing, and home entertainment, and even the big-ticket items like cars, washers, dryers, refrigerators and, of course, snow blowers.

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

February 21st

WPD officer who stopped Landmark gunman: ‘You could see the muzzle flash’

February 21, 2014

WOONSOCKET — When Jose M. Giles started lifting the barrel of his .22-caliber rifle, Lt. Brad Scully wasn’t sure where he was going to point it.

“My main concern as I’m approaching him, obviously, is that he’s going to point it at us, the police,” said Scully. “I was surprised somebody behind me didn’t shoot him.”

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