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May 12th, 2011

Embattled civil unions bill faces two fronts

May 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarca’s civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.

May 11th

Bill would tax the rich

May 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE — If the state is going to talk about “shared sacrifice” to help eliminate a $300 million budget deficit, then those at the very highest income levels should be asked to sacrifice as well, a freshman state representative said Tuesday.

Kennedy speaks to Woonsocket veterans

May 11, 2011

Members of the Woonsocket United Veterans Council, from left, Joseph L. B. Nadeau, Melvin Defoe, chaplain Thomas Paine, president Ernest Frappier and Richard Schatz, present former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, center, with the Citation of Excellence Award for his efforts on their behalf during his congressional career during a ceremony at the St. Joseph Veterans Hall in Woonsocket Tuesday evening. Kennedy spoke of his new crusade on behalf of veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome, depression and substance abuse issues after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans photo shoot set for May 21

May 11, 2011

The Call will be taking a group photo of area veterans on Saturday, May 21, at the monument located at the intersection of Main and Court Street in downtown Woonsocket. We will take the photo at 1 p.m. sharp so please show up 15 minutes early.
The photo will appear on the cover of our May 30 Memorial Day special section.
If we get a big crowd, we will also take separate photos of veterans from each of the following eras: World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War/Iraq/Afghanistan. You do not need to be a combat veteran. Anyone who served in the military is welcome to attend.

May 10th

Landmark deal put off — again

May 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The hoped-for sale of Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center once again failed to materialize yesterday as a Superior Court judge said the bidders for the teetering hospital have not yet eliminated various deal-breaker provisions from their offers, as he directed them to do nearly two weeks ago.
Judge Michael Silverstein had been expected to make a decision on which, if any, of Landmark's prospective suitors would be allowed to move forward, but instead he gave them all one last chance to resolve their problems, setting a new deadline of May 27 for a possible selection.

Town Meeting passes $70M Lincoln budget

May 10, 2011

LINCOLN — Town Council member John Flynn, who represents Lonsdale, forecast a rather tame Financial Town Meeting as he sat in the Lincoln High School auditorium on Monday night.
Turned out, he was right.
Taxpayers unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2011-12 combined operating budget of approximately $70.1 million to allow for the continuation of programs and services already provided. As for the breakdown supplied by the Budget Board, about $17.4 million will be allotted to the municipal side, and $47.8 million to education.

May 9th

Cops raise money for families of fallen heroes

May 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Robert Shaw's son had been a Providence policeman for five years when the 27-year-old was shot and killed by a burglar hiding in the closet of a South Side tenement in 1994.
But Shaw says the most important memorial tribute to Patrolman Steven M. Shaw isn't held in Providence — it's here, outside the headquarters of the Woonsocket Police Department, where a dedicated band of local police officers stages the Copswalk service once a year.

May 8th

Military service source of pride for area veterans

May 8, 2011

We’ve been publishing the Military Page since Jan. 31. I didn’t know how it would play with our readers, figuring maybe we could get some early interest before things waned. After three months, the pictures of veterans keep coming in. Family members are dropping off treasured photos each week, often including a note telling us how much pride they take in the service of their siblings, most of whom are deceased but still very alive in the memories of the family they left behind.

Woonsocket High takes bio-tech leap

May 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET — In an era when the only talk about education seems to focus on ways to cut back, science teacher Claire Laquerre has somehow found a way to improve the science classroom facilities used by students at the high school.
Laquerre and a team of willing volunteers, both staff and students, yesterday unveiled a new bio-technology lab that they admit was put together with a little begging and a little borrowing.
The in-house renovation project also benefitted from some in kind contributions by Laquerre herself and other members of the Science Department.

Foster parenting means opening your heart, home

May 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET - Zinnia N. Gonzalez believes the three qualities one needs to have to be a good foster mother are patience, love and understanding.
If you have those, she says, and you're willing to open your heart and home to a child with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities or a child who’s been abused and neglected, it might just end up being the most rewarding experience of your life.
Gonzalez, 32, is single and has lived in Woonsocket for 14 years. She works full-time for a bank in Medfield, Mass., and she owns her own home on Social Street.

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