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November 4th, 2011

RENAISSANCE VILLAGE -- Pascoag undergoes major changes

November 5, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — Ten years ago, downtown Pascoag was officially designated by the town as a "redevelopment district," an area long considered blighted and substandard and in need of serious revitalization.
If you've driven through lately, you may have noticed some big changes in the downtown area, which has undergone a sort of Renaissance — especially over the past several months.

November 3rd

Chafee: Reform has 'momentum'

November 3, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee says “there seems to be good momentum for comprehensive pension reform” now that a joint General Assembly committee has concluded a series of public hearings on the controversial but potentially historic pension bill he crafted with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

November 2nd

Veterans photo shoot on Saturday

November 2, 2011

Attention, area veterans. The Call is holding a photograph session at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Cumberland Monastery, hoping veterans from all over the Blackstone Valley will congregate to have their picture taken in a large group photo.
Don't be late!

Couple survives high carbon monoxide levels

November 2, 2011

LINCOLN — Normand and Evelyn Olean sat at their dining room table conversing and laughing with Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester early Wednesday afternoon.
Just 28 hours before, the senior couple and the chief spent time together for a vastly different reason; Sylvester maintains the Oleans, who have been married 56 years, are lucky to be alive after massive levels of carbon monoxide were discovered inside their Sherman Avenue home Tuesday morning.

Man charged with stealing natural gas

November 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A local man was charged with the theft of natural gas service after police located stolen National Grid equipment and tools at the apartment where he was staying on Saturday.
Timothy E. Ring, 34, was located in a bedroom in an apartment at 47 Paradis Ave. after police investigated a report of gas service tampering at the location at about 1 p.m. Saturday.
A National Grid employee called Patrolman Thomas Gormley III to the location after discovering that a stolen gas meter may have been attached to lines for a shutoff service at the property.

Officials: Pension bill is lacking

November 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Municipal officials – including Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders – argued to legislators Tuesday that pension reform cannot be considered comprehensive if it doesn’t include independent city and town pension funds, called the non-MERS plans.

October 31st

Burrillville students take on bullying

November 1, 2011

BURILLVILLE — For students at Burrillville Middle School, “being mean stinks.”
Hundreds of students in Grades 7-8 have been taking part in Bullying Prevention Month activities this month as part of a local school campaign to spread the word about bullying prevention.
Led by school counselor Pamela Connors, each of the students have taken the anti-bullying promise in which they pledge to wipe out bullying. “Bullying is cruel. Bullying hurts. Bullying will not be tolerated,” the pledge says in part.
“These activities have really united our school,” says Connors.

October 30th

Hazardous road conditions

October 30, 2011

A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.

October 29th

Winter arrives early

October 29, 2011

Mike Carey is dressed for the elements as the rain turns to a heavy, wet snow just as he begins parking cars for ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday afternoon. The calendar may still say fall but a rare early nor’easter hit New England anyway.

Fontaine: City is at its tipping point

October 29, 2011

By JIM BARON

PROVIDENCE – If General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s pension reform proposal does not pass, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, his already hard-hit city would face a 12 percent tax increase just to fund the city’s pension plans.

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