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November 17th, 2011

Hospital merger paperwork incomplete

November 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET — After a preliminary review of Landmark Medical Center’s application to merge with Steward Health Care System, state regulators have deemed the paperwork incomplete, but a Landmark spokesman dismissed the notion that the assessment means the merger is in jeopardy.
“It’s not a bump,” said Bill Fischer. “Quite frankly it was expected because if you look at history there’s no hospital conversion that I’m aware of that’s had an application deemed complete on the first pass.”

Feeding the hungry with metal

November 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Luigi Porreca Jr. is not a magician, but he and his father are going to turn metal into food for the poor this year — again.
The proprietors of L&R Scrap Metal Co. are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Help Feed the Hungry for the Holidays event, which raised enough cash to provide about 500 dinners for the hungry last year.
“This year we hope to make it a thousand,” says Porreca.
But L&R needs your help — or at least your unwanted appliances — to make it happen.

November 16th

Watchdog groups urge reform passage

November 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Demonstrating vigilance against what they fear might be “eleventh-hour, last minute shenanigans” pulled by the General Assembly on the pension reform legislation scheduled for a final vote on Thursday, three government watchdog groups held a Statehouse press conference to urge that the bill be passed in its current form.

November 14th

That time of year again — watch out for deer

November 14, 2011

LINCOLN — Route 116 South, near the intersection to Blackstone Valley Place proved to be quite the scene on Monday morning.
Two elderly women had been traveling southbound at about 9:30 a.m. when a deer leaped in front of their 2002 Buick Century and crashed through its windshield and roof, ripping a massive hole. In the process, the animal struck a 75-year-old passenger from Central Falls, and the woman suffered injuries to her head and face, stated Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.

November 13th

Giving a little back to the community

November 13, 2011

Norman Decelles, 5, of Wrentham, with his grandmother, Michelle Decelles, owner of the Coachman’s Lodge in Bellingham, presents a check for $200 to Terry McKenna, founder of Terry’s Auto in Woonsocket, during the 16th annual Because He Lives fundraiser Sunday.

New system makes school lunch service easier

November 13, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD —The school department's hiring of a new food service provider, Aramark School Nutrition Services, has brought many changes to the school breakfast and lunch program, including a new menu with healthier food options and, as of this week, a new computerized money and meal count system to help ease the payment process for parents and students.

Corridor celebrates 25 years with rally in train station

November 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission marked its 25th anniversary by calling on its longtime volunteers and stalwart supporters to help the cultural heritage and natural resource district win designation as a National Historical Park.
The appeal came during a birthday celebration billed as a “Rally for Valley” held Thursday evening in the Providence & Worcester Railroad Station at Depot Square —one of the dozens of significant historic sites along the corridor’s 40-mile route between Worcester, Mass. and Providence, R.I.

November 11th

Money matters at Millville's STM

November 11, 2011

MILLVILLE — Special Town Meeting voters Monday will be asked to consider several money matters, including an article that seeks permission for the town to borrow $300,000 as part of a sewer betterment loan.
The Special Town Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Millville Elementary School, 122 Berthelette Way.

Valley honors its veterans

November 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET – From Concord to Korea, the Museum of Work and Culture yesterday staged a Veterans Day tribute for the ages.
Dignitaries and guests took turns at the podium, singing patriotic songs, reading touching poetry about the sacrifice of war, and recalling the city’s contributions to the Great War that inspired Veterans Day, nearly a century ago.
“Today we come together to thank and honor the veterans,” said Anne Conway, co-director of the museum.

Cumberland monument serves as reminder of the casualities of war

November 11, 2011

CUMBERLAND — If you have been in a war and felt the fear of knowing the next moment could be your last, there are some things you can never put aside, never forget.
Wilfrid E. Hebert, 89, was all too aware of that fact after he enlisted in the service in 1942 and became a member of the Army Air Corps' 48rd Bomb Group based in Italy.

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