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February 4th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ As engineers began trying to determine whether snow-laden roofs throughout the public school system were at risk of collapse yesterday, officials said it was too soon to say whether students could return to classes by Monday.
â€śWe're fortunate we're initiating this on a Friday,â€ť said Schools Supt. Robert Gerardi. â€śWe have the weekend to work on it. Hopefully we'll have this solved by Monday.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Concerns over the stability of roofs at local schools has put students out of school for another day. School Committee Chairman Marc Dubois said a decision to close city schools today was made last night after some roof support buckling was detected at the Citizenâ€™s Elementary School by Henry Trudeau, maintenance supervisor.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For a few moments, it felt like a train was hurtling through the neighborhood as Christine Lanoue shoveled the heavy, slushy snow in front of her home at the end of First Avenue yesterday.
â€śI heard a big rumbling and the whole ground was shaking,â€ť she said. â€śI thought my house was collapsing.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” If you liked yesterdayâ€™s weather, youâ€™re going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave â€” a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain â€” is expected to whack the region by nightfall.
WOONSOCKET â€” Having lost the use of his legs, Donald Paterson doesn't leave his third-floor apartment at Kennedy Manor as often as he'd like these days. But tomorrow, his wife, Trudy, will help him into his wheelchair, jostle him into their minivan and take him to meet someone he's been waiting a long time to see: the boy who left him a cripple.
More than nine months after he was stabbed in the back, Paterson expects to confront his alleged attacker in Family Court.
It will be the first time the 74-year-old retired machinist has ever seen the boy.
The CALL has begun publishing photos each Monday on its new Military Page of Blackstone Valley veterans, past and present.
Please submit photos by email (email@example.com) or in person at The CALL's office on Main Street. A special Veterans basket is located on the front desk. Photos submitted in person should include a stamped envelope with return address so that we may return your photo.
Please include the following information with your photo:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.
Years of service:
Location of tours:
WOONSOCKET â€” Tax season is here and Community Action Rhode Island wants working families to know they can receive help with the preparation of their tax returns and applications for federal income tax credits.
In fact, low income families may be eligible for tax credit refunds averaging $2,100 per filer and as much as $5,666 per filer under the federal Earned Income Tax Credit guidelines.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton will hold two Town Hall-style meetings with seniors this week at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main St.
The first will be held Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m; the second is on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Hamilton said this is an opportunity for residents to discuss issues that are affecting them as well as for her to provide information regarding current issues.
For more information, call 767-2200 ext. 301.
Steve Morse, of Blackstone, escapes the winter blahs, albeit for 12 minutes, in a tanning bed Saturday at Beach Tanning, located at 3 Main St. in Blackstone. With all the snow this winter, some seek respite in any way they can.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee gained another week to review the cityâ€™s recently completed performance audit of school operations thanks to the heavy snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday.
The panel had been set to hear a presentation of auditor B&E Consultingâ€™s findings on ways to lower school budget costs on Wednesday but was forced to postpone the meeting to this coming Wednesday in light of the storm.