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October 4th, 2011

Cross stolen from St. James Episcopal

October 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- On Oct. 2, representatives from Saint James Episcopal Church, at 26 Hamlet Ave., reported a brass cross stolen from the altar inside the church. The cross was last seen on Saturday, Oct. 1. If anyone has information, you can call our anonymous tip-line at (401) 769-4444 or contact Det. Sgt. William Coupe at (401)767-8836. The cross is described as being 31" high with a 9"x 7.5" base.
See COMPLETE STORY in Wednesday's edition of The Call.

October 3rd

Some candidates owe city money

October 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Nearly a quarter of the 25 candidates running for seats on the City Council and School Committee are carrying account balances for various city taxes and fees that are so delinquent they’ve already been assessed penalties.
Another handful also have accounts listed as past due, but city officials couldn’t be certain they were delinquent, citing a lag time involved in bank processing of receivables.

October 2nd

Cicilline seeks City Hall office

October 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The City Council faces a busy agenda tonight that includes requests to lease office space at City Hall to U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline and grant a tax deferment for a local mill building.
The office space lease was negotiated by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and will provide the city with monthly rent of $100, according to an ordinance submitted to the council for action Monday evening in Harris Hall.

October 1st

Shooting suspect back in jail after bar fight

October 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A man charged with shooting at an occupied car on Florida Street July 14 was back in police custody Thursday after allegedly being involved in a bar fight at Brews and Cues on Rathbun Street.
Justin R. Menard, 26, of 20 Fifth Ave., Woonsocket, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, simple assault and battery and resisting arrest after he was located by police at 11:24 p.m. Thursday.

Mullaly closes book on 48-year career

October 2, 2011

MILLVILLE - Even at the young age of 11, John J. Mullaly knew a career in the fire service was probably inevitable.
His father, John J. Mullaly Sr., was a Millville firefighter, and his grandfather, John H. Mullaly, served on the department from 1925 to the 1940's, many of those years as fire chief.

Phongsavanh: School Committee members spread too thin

October 1, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Vimala Phongsavanh believes the School Committee on which she serves has too many subcommittees and wants her peers to take on a restructuring of the list of 19 panels.
Phongsavanh has offered the committee members a Power Point presentation detailing her concerns that members are spread too thin in their assignments to the subcommittees, and that consolidation of the list could result in better transparency and accountability for the boards.

First Lady Michelle Obama visits R.I.

October 1, 2011

CRANSTON – First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husband’s re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.

September 29th

LHS students enrolled in Mandarin, Asian Art

September 29, 2011

LINCOLN – Sitting at an all-red table with the “Longevity” symbol painted on the top in black, art teacher Susan Kolenda and language teacher Becky Regan peruse this “Confucius Classroom” at Lincoln High School in awe.
One wall is devoted to a colorful painting of a mammoth Chinese dragon, that achieved by LHS Special Education instructor Chris Jones. Above a window is a bright red cornice with gold trim and a black Chinese symbol, courtesy of the talents of Kolenda herself.
Inside the room stand six such tables, each surrounded by five or six all-black, cushioned chairs.

School department honors its best

September 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The School Department honored its best Wednesday night, presenting its annual recognition awards to a teacher, a teacher assistant, a secretary and a custodian.
Jessica Frechette, a special needs teacher, collected Teacher of the Year honors for the department for her role in helping students in the classroom and also for her work to add an accessible playground structure at the Globe Park Elementary School where she works.

September 28th

Car slammed by freight train after pulling onto railroad

September 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A freight train slammed into a car Wednesday after the driver mistakenly turned onto the River Street train tracks, thinking the rail bed was a street.
Christopher Hanlon, 28, was navigating with the aid of a GPS device, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette. The Coventry resident was heading toward Massachusetts on River Street, looking for Verry Street.
“His GPS said take the next right, so he took the next right, which turned out to be the railroad tracks,” said Jalette. “Verry Street is the first right after the railroad tracks.”

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