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December 23rd

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.

December 21st

Appeals court to review Pleau case

December 21, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The death penalty was back in play yesterday for accused murderer Jason Wayne Pleau as a federal appeals court in Boston said it would reconsider whether Gov. Chafee has the right to continue safeguarding him in state custody.
A majority of the First Circuit Court of Appeals voted Wednesday in favor of a review of the issue by the full court, setting a hearing for April 4. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha after a three-member judicial panel of the court handed a victory to Chafee in the battle for custody of Pleau two months ago.

Daniele Inc. donates to Food Bank

December 21, 2011

PASCOAG — When Daniele Inc. Fine Charcuterie in Pascoag produces its premium gourmet meats, the process involves slicing meats to be packaged for consumers.
The byproduct is high-quality meat trimmings that Daniele, Inc. has donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, where it can be distributed to hungry families.
Daniele’s donation last week of 35,000 pounds of meat is part of an annual donation that ranges from 60,000 to 80,000 pounds, said Garrett Fortune of Daniele’s inventory control department.

December 20th

New Woonsocket officers sworn in

December 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Nearly all of them speak at least a little Spanish, one’s learning sign language and another’s been patrolling the corridors of a federal penitentiary a couple of miles away.
They’re five new members of the Woonsocket Police Department, sworn in yesterday at police headquarters after graduating from the state Municipal Police Academy in Lincoln.
“They’re very special people,” said Police Chief Thomas Carey. “Hundreds of people apply for these jobs. We try to get the best people we possibly can.”

POSTPONED: Cicilline's opening of the Woonsocket office, business tour and Neighborhood Supper

December 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Due to last-minute debate on the middle class tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) is postponing the opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office, the Small Business Tour and the Neighborhood Supper for First District constituents from the Woonsocket area that were originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011.

December 19th

Marine thanks girl for letter — 21 years later

December 19, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Tracy Caisse doesn’t even remember writing the letter.
After all, it was in the third grade. Her teacher at the former East Woonsocket Elementary School had told her to write a letter to a soldier in the Gulf War as a class assignment.
When the phone rang two weeks ago, Caisse didn’t recognize the caller’s name or voice. He said his name was Robert Diaz and he wanted to thank her for not forgetting him while he was digging bunkers and dodging Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia.
After 21 years, the ex-Marine had answered the letter Caisse wrote to him when she was eight years old.

Cops round up kids at booze, pot party

December 19, 2011

WOONSOCKET — For the second time this year, the police broke up an after-hours party involving booze, pot and a horde of minors inside the Bonin Spinning complex Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene as police arrived at the 1265 Mendon Road mill about 12:50 a.m. and many of the revelers began scattering on foot or racing through the bumpy parking lot in motor vehicles to escape.

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