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August 5th, 2011

Chafee: Central Falls should merge with a neighbor

August 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island's smallest and poorest city cannot stand on its own and should be merged with a neighboring city, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said.
Chafee, an independent, made the comments during an interview Thursday on MSNBC. He said the "best solution" for Central Falls would be to merge with Pawtucket.
"I think Central Falls just cannot survive as a 1-square-mile city," Chafee told MSNBC.

Woman loses fight for her life following hit-and-run

August 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET – It was a long and painful struggle for Suzanne Potter, but in the end it was a battle she could not win.
With her husband and two sons at her side, the 46-year-old Bernon Heights woman died in Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday, 34 days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver from Pawtucket who, police say, was drunk.
Detective Cmdr. Edward J. Lee Jr. says the police will now lodge more serious charges against the driver, Peter Major.

August 4th

Newport entrepreneur looks to unseat Whitehouse

August 4, 2011

Having already founded and sold Bullhorn, a company that develops employment software, 45-year-old Newport native Barry Hinckley says he is ready to start up a new enterprise: Barry Hinckley for U.S. Senate.
For the past few months, Hinckley — his full name is Benjamin Barrett Hinckley III — has been quietly putting together a Republican campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2012 election.

Coping with the loss of a pet

August 4, 2011

It’s universally true. When that time comes to saying goodbye to a parent or even a loyal pet, tears flow and emotions unravel. Many aging baby boomers, whether childless or empty nesters, have had pets who became their pampered “children” or a closest faithful companion.

Cops: Woman tries to stab kids with butcher knife

August 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A woman threw a bizarre temper tantrum in the Fairmount section Wednesday during which she allegedly tried to stab three children with a butcher knife, police say.
Brittany Lee Billington, 19, is now held in lieu of bail at the ACI on three counts of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, simple assault and resisting arrest.

Owner bitter over Dig Safe complaint

August 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Representatives of Coventry Building Wrecking Co. say the city should have given them some consideration for helping clean up after the Alice Mill fire instead of lodging a “Dig Safe” complaint against the company over a messy sewer break at another mill-site demolition last week.
Proprietor John Baccaire said CBW obtained valid clearances from Dig Safe for demolition at Seville Dyeing Company within a day or two of April 20.

August 3rd

Company that caused sewage spill in violation

August 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The demolition company whose work at an old mill site was blamed for causing a major sewage spill into the Blackstone River last week did not have an active “Dig Safe” clearance for the job, as required by state law, city officials say.
A notice alleging a violation by Coventry Building & Wrecking was sent to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Tuesday, said Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent.

Rehab work at WWII Veterans Park slower than expected

August 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Despite the expectations of some local lawmakers, the General Assembly set aside barely enough money in the state budget to make a dent in an ambitious rehabilitation plan that's been mapped out for ailing World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Among other things, that means inner-city kids who had been expecting a “splash park” to replace now-drained Social Ocean as early as this season probably won't see one next summer, either, says Robert Paquette, chief of recreation for the state Department of Environmental Management.

August 1st

Sewage flows into river

August 1, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Nearly a million gallons of partially treated sewage is thought to have spilled into the Blackstone River when a demolition crew at the burnt-out Seville Dyeing site accidentally ruptured an underground sewer main Friday afternoon, the state environmental agency said.
The effluent is believed to have been streaming unchecked from the broken main for more than 48 hours before a neighbor noticed and called the city's water department, said Angelo Liberti, chief of surface water protection for the state Department of Environmental Management.

Send your veterans photos to The Call

August 1, 2011

The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: veterans@woonsocketcall.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Hometown:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:
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