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March 17th, 2011
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď In a shot across the bow of the firefighter's union, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has proposed a shift restructuring of the fire department that would virtually eliminate overtime.
The mayor's proposal would fold the 124 members of the fire department into three rotating platoons instead of four, the current norm. And instead of working an average of 42 hours a week before overtime kicks in, every firefighter would have to work 56.
If you read newspapers on a regular basis you know that each day can bring both good and bad news.
Those of us who work the news business learn that early on in our jobs and it helps you form a thicker skin to the more troubling news that inevitably comes along.
Most times anyway.
Monday was one of those days when the news going into the paper drew a longer look and sparked that sense of sadness that comes with losing someone you knew.
Christine Nowak, 50, a Call reporter for 15 years, was up there on the proof sheets in an obituary.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ He never smoked or drank. No one can recall that he ever raised his voice in anger. And the khakis and loafers he was fond of wearing were as low-key as his personality.
In many ways the Pulitzer Prize was a crown that never quite fit Edwin O‚ÄôConnor, author of ‚ÄúThe Last Hurrah,‚ÄĚ and the city‚Äôs most famous Irish-American native son.
And, sadly, perhaps its most forgotten.
‚ÄúAside from the catch-phrase ‚Äėlast hurrah,‚Äô which has become part of the English language, he really has been forgotten,‚ÄĚ says Robert Rose, an independent TV producer from Lincoln.
MILLVILLE ‚ÄĒ This week would have been just around the time that John F. Dean Sr. would dye his trademark white beard green in honor of St. Patrick‚Äôs Day. It was a springtime tradition that would often turn the heads of passing motorists while Dean, looking like an over-sized leprechaun, was out with his highway crews filling potholes.
Today, rather, it was a somber mood in Millville, as friends and family mourned the passing of 78-year-old Dean, a lifelong resident of Millville and longtime town highway surveyor, who died Tuesday at Landmark Medical Center after a brief illness.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A Family Court judge yesterday ‚Äúcertified‚ÄĚ a 17-year-old boy accused in a stabbing last April that left an elderly man paralyzed ‚ÄĒ a status that falls a step short of waiving him into adult courts.
But Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, said the ruling also places the boy in jeopardy of serving an adult-length prison sentence if the courts determine he was responsible for the stabbing.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs kind of a bifurcated approach,‚ÄĚ said Kempe. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôll be tried in Family Court but he‚Äôll be subject to adult sentencing.‚ÄĚ
North Smithfield fire and rescue personnel tend to a 61-year-old man at the scene of a rollover in front of Anchor Subaru Tuesday afternoon. The man apparently lost control of his car while heading south on Route 146 around 3 p.m. The victim, who was conscious and alert after being removed from his car, was taken to Landmark Medical Center with head lacerations. A vehicle at the dealership sustained rear end damage.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Gov. Lincoln Chafee took a walk on Main Street with Mayor Leo T. Fontaine on Monday and learned about the challenges of economic development in one of his state‚Äôs distressed communities.
There were several signs of hope to be found on the tour, talks with business owners making a go of it despite the tough economy, and also a few reminders of work yet to be done to put viable businesses in still vacant storefronts.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs challenging,‚ÄĚ Chafee admitted after touring the large mill property Marie Deschenes is revitalizing at 117 Main St.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Caroline Moore seemed to know immediately she had added a ‚Äúu‚ÄĚ where it didn't belong.
In the seventh round of the annual Rhode Island Spelling Bee Championship held Saturday morning at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, the Wheeler School eighth-grader had just been asked to spell ‚Äúthoroughbred.‚ÄĚ
GLOCESTER - Ponaganset High School student Aaron Dupuis was just a second-grader when he first strolled through the cavernous halls of the Rhode Island Statehouse. He remembers vividly climbing up the marble stairs, staring up in amazement at the ornate rotunda dome and peeking through the doors of the stately House and Senate chambers.
But what impressed him most that day was when he met then-Lt. Gov. Charles J. Fogarty Jr. Dupuis' father had just landed a new state government job and after pulling a few strings was able to arrange for his son to meet the lieutenant governor.
Most veterans know that the Disabled American Veterans organization exists. Many of them do not know that the DAV can be their best friend and a major advocate when they seek benefits later on in life from disabilities that can be linked to their time in the U.S. military.
‚ÄúThe sad part is a lot of veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, don‚Äôt know what‚Äôs available to them (in terms of benefits from the Veterans Administration),‚ÄĚ said Rick Vaccari, a DAV supervisor.