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December 29th

New affordable energy-efficient homes lauded

December 29, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Home is where the heart is, not to mention the wallet.
On Wednesday morning, several dignitaries — including U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Mayor Daniel McKee, Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Richard Godfrey and Cumberland Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chair Eugene McMahon – attended an open house celebrating the two new, affordable housing units at 26 Carpenter St.
All expressed delight with the camaraderie and partnerships it took to construct the pair of three-bedroom apartments, one on top of the other.

December 28th

Union blasts state over merger

December 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET — State regulators care so little about jobs and the local economy that they're willing to enforce an arbitrary deadline to terminate consideration of Landmark Medical Center's application to merge with Steward Health Care System, the hospital's employees union charged Tuesday.
Chris Callaci, general counsel for the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, said the handling of the application by the state Department of Health and the Office of the Attorney General has been marked by such a “monumental failure of leadership” that Gov. Chafee should step in to rectify the situation.

December 26th

Paiva Weed talks pensions

December 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Reform of troubled city and town pension plans will be on the Senate’s agenda in the coming year, President Teresa Paiva Weed acknowledges, but she will insist it be “sustainable, long-term structural changes, not simple quick fixes to the municipalities’ budget problems.
“That’s what we are trying to avoid,” she told The Call in an interview that looked back at the legislative year just past and ahead to the session that begins January 3.

December 25th

Harmony’s Christmas celebration mirrors days of old

December 25, 2011

GLOCESTER — The village of Harmony, in Glocester, is home to a rolling hills, country cottages, and ancient farms nestled within the boundaries of lichen-covered stonewalls. At the heart of this bucolic rural stop along the Putnam Pike is the Harmony Fire Department. Here, Chief Stuart Pearson and his merry band of firehouse elves kicked off the 2011 “season to be jolly” with a festive tradition that dates back to the 1950’s.

WPD toy drive: the gift that keeps on giving

December 25, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Santa Claus gets plenty of help every Christmas season, and he should especially thank members of the Woonsocket Police Department.
On Friday, Det. Sgt. John Scully and Det. Sgt. Shawn Kerrigan wrapped up their annual stint as Santa's helpers by turning over toys to more than 75 local families, an effort benefiting at least 290 city children.

December 23rd

CHRISTMAS 'BOWS

December 23, 2011

As seen from the second floor of the Woonsocket Call newsroom, this rare double rainbow appears in the northern sky, arching from Main Street, at left, over to the Crepeau Court high-rise building on Front Street, at right, around 4 p.m. Friday.

UNAP blasts Landmark delay

December 23, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A lawyer for Landmark Medical Center’s employees union blasted state regulators Friday for dragging their feet on commencing a review of the financially troubled hospital’s application to merge with Steward Health Care System.

Bruce: City inches closer to financial crisis

December 23, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The city moved a step deeper into fiscal crisis this week as Fitch Ratings placed the city’s $118 million portfolio of general obligation bonds on negative watch status.
Finance Director Tom Bruce said the status shift almost certainly means that Fitch will downgrade the city’s bond rating and that Moody’s Investor Service will likely follow suit.
At this point, Bruce said it’s probably inevitable that the state will call for increased oversight of the city’s fiscal affairs – the only question is how much.

December 22nd

'Blessings' are good for the body and soul

December 22, 2011

CUMBERLAND – As the saying goes, giving is its own reward. But at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, they’ve figured out a way to double the reward.
It’s called Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides needy children from Woonsocket with food for the weekend – when they can’t get a meal in school.
Once a week, a group of volunteers at the nursing home and rehab facility stuff backpacks with cans of tuna, applesauce and other treats – enough to bridge the gap between Fridays and Mondays. But it’s no ordinary group of volunteers.

Three youths charged with theft from high school hockey players

December 22, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- A hockey mom seeking to replace her son's stolen iPhone broke a police case that resulted in the arrest of three city juveniles on larceny charges, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Thursday.
The juveniles were all members of the Woonsocket High School hockey team and were alleged to have taken items from the locker room of opposing teams during games at Adelard Arena in the city on Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, Jalette said.

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