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April 20th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Plastic bags of litter dangle neatly from the branches of trees. Scavenged bits of furniture are arranged into makeshift outdoor dining nooks, beside the tents. Nearby, a green-necked duck splashes down in the Blackstone River, looking for the expected handout.
âWe have our animal friends,â says Ray Greeno. âWeâre happy here.â
A Vietnam veteran whoâs been homeless for months, Greeno, 57, has been living in a tent on the banks of the Blackstone River since the beginning of the month, when the overnight shelter at Harvest Church closed for the season.
North Smithfield High School students Megan Lefebvre, Emily Richards and Derek Kruzan, from left, join other freshmen in a car wash at the school this past Saturday. The car wash was held to benefit their April 27-May 1 trip to Washington, D.C. for a âWe the People Honors Governmentâ national competition. The 36 freshmen in teacher Natalie O'Brien's American Government class won a statewide competition to compete in the national event â the only freshman class in the nation to do so. They will compete with senior classes from all over the country.
CUMBERLAND â A local company is doing its part to help veterans returning from war get back to work in the civilian job force.
Cumberland-based Jobless Warrior, a new online career enhancing service for veterans, announced this week its official nationwide launch of the service. Veterans across the country can now visit www.joblesswarrior.org to request free resume help, connect with a career coach, join a job networking group, and much more.
WOONSOCKET â The City Council took a tentative first step this week toward trading in a hodgepodge of health care products the city offers various workers for a unified plan that will cover all classes of employees, including teachers, police, firefighters and municipal workers.
The idea was rolled out by Councilman Daniel Gendron as point of departure for continued exploration of the concept. Other members of the council quickly embraced the idea, which would, finance officials say, cut the cash-strapped cityâs hefty health care costs.
WOONSOCKET â It was a mob scene at city businesses Vose True Value Hardware and Kay's Restaurant Tuesday night where tens of people burst through the doors with a single purpose in mind: to spend money.
WOONSOCKET â A resolution opposing a controversial House bill that has been framed as an incentive to the construction trades died on a 3-3 tie vote after some feisty back-and-forth among members of the City Council Monday night.
With the bill held for further study in committee since April 5, all the hoo-ha may have been more instructive about the new political dynamics on the council than anything else.
WOONSOCKET â The former Supreme Court justice who has been presiding over Central Falls as receiver will be the guest speaker during a general membership meeting of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition next week.
Lawyer Robert G. Flanders Jr. will speak on the subject of municipal receivership and bankruptcy, said Acting WTC President Sharon Geving. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held April 26 at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., at 6:30 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â After months of hinting that he would reprise his 2010 Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline, Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma made it official Sunday evening: he is in the hunt for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
WOONSOCKET â The city's Museum of Work and Culture tells the story of an industry â textile manufacturing â that once was king in the Blackstone Valley but largely no longer exists as a key force in its economy.
Now, visitors to Market Square can learn about another onetime staple of the Rhode Island economy that has also seen its better days and may be following a similar path into history: trap fishing off the Rhode Island shoreline.
Trent Roderick, 8, of Woonsocket eyes this brown trout, one of the first fish caught early Saturday during the Ernest A. Carignan Jr. Memorial Fishing Derby at Cass Pond in Woonsocket. Turn to Page C-2 for more fishing photos.