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January 23rd, 2012

North End vulture plague worsens

January 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Robert Bouchard can still crack a joke about how his neighborhood is starting to remind him of the Hitchcock classic, “The Birds,” but don’t be fooled: He’s losing his sense of humor about the North End’s population of gloomy-looking vultures.
It’s growing, says Bouchard.
And so are his concerns about avian-borne disease and property values.
“The growth has been exponential,” says Bouchard. “It’s gotten to the point where you don’t even see a migratory dropoff of the population in the summertime anymore.”

January 22nd

When it comes to service, look no further than the Rotarians

January 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Gerald M. Brenner leans over the desk in his Diamond Hill Road law office and rummages through a pile of documents, his eyes squinting to find a single piece of paper in the clutter.
“Ah, here it is,” he says.
The document he's holding up is a fact-sheet about Rotary International's PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private sector organization.

January 21st

CLEAR SIGN OF WINTER

January 21, 2012

Simon Ratsamy, 18, was busy clearing his mom's driveway on Park Avenue during Saturday's snowstorm in Woonsocket. The snow was persistent all day long, with the storm leaving upwards of 5 inches on the ground.

10 graduate from health care career program

January 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Ten motivated Northern Rhode Island residents celebrated their recent completion of the Stepping Up Health Care Career Orientation Program at a graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Connec-ting for Children and Families’ (CCF) Chaplin-Perez Community Center.
On hand to salute the graduates were U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Matt Wojcik, Woonsocket’s director of Human Services and Economic Development, who represented Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.

City man indicted for rape, robbery

January 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A man tied to two cold cases of rape after police recently obtained a sample of his DNA while he was incarcerated for an unrelated offense was indicted by a Providence County grand jury on Friday.
Armand J. Ferrio, 25, of 186 South Main St., is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree robbery.

January 20th

Pro-choice activists hold rally to mark anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 20, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Combining legislators, activists and women’s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sunday’s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.

Schools launch public dialogue

January 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET – After enduring a barrage of criticism for dragging the city deeper into a fiscal quagmire, the school department is going on the offensive.
Woonsocket Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan has scheduled a series of three forums in the next two weeks, inviting the general public to discuss student achievement, teaching issues and, yes, finances.

Chafee meets with business leaders, talks of budget cuts

January 20, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain “very, very painful cuts … deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.”
But, he added, “we can’t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the … as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.” Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of “reform before revenue.”

$3.6 million surplus in Cumberland

January 20, 2012

CUMBERLAND — An audit of Cumberland's finances shows the town ending the 2011 fiscal year with a $3.6 million surplus in its general fund, according to Town Finance Director Steve Woerner, who highlighted the results of the municipal audit at the Town Council's meeting Wednesday. The audit was conducted by the Warwick-based public accounting firm of Bacon & Company, LLC.
“We had a very good year, just as we intended to,” Woerner told the council.

January 18th

Cops for Kids with Cancer helps Maya

January 18, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3½-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charity’s Board of Directors, along with Director John McManus, officially presented the check to the Spadano family at the Cumberland police station.
Cops For Kids With Cancer, a small non-profit organization made of law enforcement incur when their children are diagnosed with cancer.

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