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July 23rd, 2011
WOONSOCKET â When it seemed an elderly woman might have passed out in the oppressive heat mid-way through a conversation with a radio talk-show host Friday morning, city officials and police feared the worst as they embarked on a frantic search for the unidentified caller.
But the high drama ended on a note of relief after police located the woman via an emergency subpoena for phone records from Cox Communications.
NEW YORK (AP) â The urban Northeast baked like a potato wrapped in foil Friday as record-breaking, 100-degree temperatures and steambath humidity combined with the heat-trapping effects of asphalt and concrete to make millions of people miserable.
The mercury in Newark, N.J., reached 108, the highest temperature ever recorded in the city. Philadelphia hit 104. Boston and Teterboro, N.J., reached 102 and Providence, R.I., 100. New York City hit 104 degrees, just 2 short of its all-time high, and with the oppressive humidity, it felt like 113.
WOONSOCKET â Former Gov. Bruce Sundlun died Thursday at the age of 91, leaving what is likely to be viewed as a significant but controversial impact on the state he headed for two terms in the Governorâs office.
Sundlun, who ran three times to win his first term as Governor in 1991, put the wheels in motion for construction of the stateâs modern T.F. Green Airport in Warwick by the time he left office.
But it was his decision to close the stateâs credit unions and banks shortly after being sworn-in in January 1991 that drew the strongest emotions about him among city residents on Thursday.
Dave Egan's rose-red face glistened with sweat as he sought out a sliver of cool shade beside his box truck in Woonsocket to escape the fast-rising morning temperatures.
Foreman of an outdoor labor crew for Providence & Worcester Railroad, Egan was working in air that made breathing seem more like inhaling a bowl of flavorless, hot soup.
Throw in the dust kicked up amid the screaming whine of an asphalt-cutting power saw, and creosote fumes that mix with perspiration to create a solution that literally burns the skin, and it added up to a scorching day at the office.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Rescue personnel were called to a St. Paul Street home Wednesday evening after an elderly woman became pinned while moving her vehicle in the driveway at the residence.
The womanâs lower leg became lodged between the car and the side of the house when she accidentally pulled forward while moving the car, according to rescue personnel.
PROVIDENCE â From humble beginnings nearly a century ago, through good times and bad, the Rhode Island Foundation has grown its endowment to a whopping $565 million.
But the state's leading philanthropic organization knows that no matter how much it grows the pot, it's never going to be big enough.
âThere are always more good ideas than we can fund,â says Owen Heleen, RIF's vice president for grant programs. âThat's why we're always challenged to support more and more of the good ideas that come our way.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton is calling for a change to the town charter that would give the town administrator veto power over the budget, a move she says will provide a better system of checks and balances.
WOONSOCKET â With an eye on the fiscal pain already felt by city employees, members of the City Council on Monday adopted a ten-percent roll back in pay the council and school committee members receive for their city service.
The move approved by a 4-1 council vote with City Councilwoman Suzanne J. Vadenais opposed was a compromise from the 20-percent pay cut Councilman Daniel Gendron had initially proposed for the two panels. City Councilmen Christopher Beauchamp and Roger Jalette were not in attendance.
WOONSOCKET â Police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with a shooting that left a Sayles Street man seriously injured Friday night.
The victim was identified Monday as Neil Coppinger, 24. He was still a patient at Rhode Island Hospital yesterday, where he was admitted in critical but stable condition, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
Coppinger was outside his home on the dead-end alongside the Blackstone River when he was shot in the upper torso. Police found Coppinger on the ground bleeding about 11 p.m., shortly after the shooting was reported.
WOONSOCKET â Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket and existing historic districts in Cumberland, North Smithfield and two Massachusetts communities is the National Park Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept.
In a long-awaited report released yesterday, the park service says the continuation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as it currently exists is still one of three options under consideration.