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January 24th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The city may have to wait a bit longer for any savings to materialize out of its plans to consolidate emergency dispatch services at the police station.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine told members of the City Council during a work session in the Harris Hall conference room that the consolidation plan may have to be done in stages due to difficulties that have cropped up in moving all dispatching equipment to a single location.
The change to a dispatch system staffed by civilian employees at the police station had been included as a cost savings measure in the city's current budget.
CUMBERLAND â Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.
PROVIDENCE â Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon â in this case, his shod foot â the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.
WOONSOCKET â Robert Bouchard can still crack a joke about how his neighborhood is starting to remind him of the Hitchcock classic, âThe Birds,â but donât be fooled: Heâs losing his sense of humor about the North Endâs population of gloomy-looking vultures.
Itâs growing, says Bouchard.
And so are his concerns about avian-borne disease and property values.
âThe growth has been exponential,â says Bouchard. âItâs gotten to the point where you donât even see a migratory dropoff of the population in the summertime anymore.â
WOONSOCKET â Gerald M. Brenner leans over the desk in his Diamond Hill Road law office and rummages through a pile of documents, his eyes squinting to find a single piece of paper in the clutter.
âAh, here it is,â he says.
The document he's holding up is a fact-sheet about Rotary International's PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private sector organization.
Simon Ratsamy, 18, was busy clearing his mom's driveway on Park Avenue during Saturday's snowstorm in Woonsocket. The snow was persistent all day long, with the storm leaving upwards of 5 inches on the ground.
WOONSOCKET â Ten motivated Northern Rhode Island residents celebrated their recent completion of the Stepping Up Health Care Career Orientation Program at a graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Connec-ting for Children and Familiesâ (CCF) Chaplin-Perez Community Center.
On hand to salute the graduates were U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Matt Wojcik, Woonsocketâs director of Human Services and Economic Development, who represented Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
WOONSOCKET â A man tied to two cold cases of rape after police recently obtained a sample of his DNA while he was incarcerated for an unrelated offense was indicted by a Providence County grand jury on Friday.
Armand J. Ferrio, 25, of 186 South Main St., is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree robbery.
PROVIDENCE â Combining legislators, activists and womenâs rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâs 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâs Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.
WOONSOCKET â After enduring a barrage of criticism for dragging the city deeper into a fiscal quagmire, the school department is going on the offensive.
Woonsocket Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan has scheduled a series of three forums in the next two weeks, inviting the general public to discuss student achievement, teaching issues and, yes, finances.