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December 30th

Local Sears survives closings -- for now

December 30, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The Sears store in Walnut Hill Plaza has survived the first round of store closings announced by Sears Holdings Co.
The Illinois-based company, which controls the Kmart and Sears chains, posted a list of 79 stores to be closed on Thursday after lackluster holiday performance, but none are located in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
But the list of 38 Kmart and 41 Sears outlets is incomplete. SHC had said earlier this week that it intends to close up to 120 “marginally performing” locations.

Speaker Fox looks back, ahead; pension reform a priority

December 30, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Agreeing with, well, just about everybody, that local pension plans will be issue number one in the coming General Assembly session, House Speaker Gordon Fox says he believes enabling legislation that will allow cities and towns to craft individual solutions would be preferable to mandating a single fix to an array of diverse problems.

December 29th

Town mulls sharing among fire districts

December 29, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — The Town Council has voted to ask the town's four independent fire districts to consider sitting down and discussing possible ways the departments can share services or equipment in an effort to reduce costs for district taxpayers.

Writer pushes for release of the 'crossbow killer'

December 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – At a time when the term “road rage” was just coming into vogue, Donald Graham became a local poster child for the phenomenon by using a powerful crossbow to kill a man during a 1994 highway altercation in nearby Massachusetts.
The former church deacon is serving life without the possibility of parole for his crime at the Souza Baranawski Correctional Center in Shirley, a maximum security prison where the population includes serial killers, child molesters and rapists.

FBI wants Lee to lecture on Mailhot

December 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Even now, more than seven years after serial killer Jeff Mailhot was captured, the case of the mild-mannered monster from Cato Hill still holds a lesson or two for some of the best cops in the world.
And who better to do the teaching than the investigator who cracked the case — Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr. of the city police force.

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.

 

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