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July 29th, 2011

Fresh produce hard to come by in city's 'food deserts'

July 30, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Keyondra Davis doesn't kid herself about the kind of food they put on the shelves at the pharmacy near her home in Cumberland Village.
A lot is just overpriced junk food, says Davis. Still, as much as she dislikes it, she knows she's usually going to end up at the store when her two-year-old son Jayden's stomach starts to growl.
She doesn't have much choice.
She lives in a food desert.

July 27th

Burrillville, Glocester fight RIPTA

July 27, 2011

GLOCESTER — Town and state leaders representing Glocester and Burrillville are vowing to fight the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority’s (RIPTA) preliminary proposal to reduce the frequency of bus trips along Route 9, which runs between Providence and Burrillville, through North Providence, Smithfield and Glocester, and is the only public transportation route through northwestern Rhode Island.
Sen. Paul W. Fogarty and other lawmakers are holding a public hearing for residents Aug. 1 to hear concerns and prepare their battle plans.

Firefighters ratify three-year contract

July 27, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The city's firefighters union has ratified a contract calling for some $4.5 million in concessions through June 30, 2014, paving the way for final approval Thursday night by the City Council.
Retroactive to July 1, the three-year pact calls for a wage freeze during the current fiscal year, followed by raises of 1.5 and 2.5 percent in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

July 26th

Proposed charter changes in hands of City Council

July 26, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The City Council accepted a list of 15 proposed charter amendments from the Charter Review commission and now begins its own work on which of those measures should be presented to local voters in November.

July 25th

Superintendent search process under fire

July 25, 2011

WOONSOCKET — After complaining publicly and threatening to file an open meetings complaint, School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh says she was finally furnished with the names of the members of the committee in charge of searching for a new superintendent yesterday.
But Phongsavanh remained highly critical of the process, saying it has been unnecessarily opaque and closed off to input from communities of interest outside the school department.
“It's been a shady process,” asserted Phongsavanh, the newest member of the School Committee. “I don't understand why they've been so secretive.”

July 24th

Woonsocket played a big part in the Civil War

July 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket’s long overlooked connections to the Civil War have gone on display at Brown University’s John Hay Library thanks to a collaborative effort by the Library’s special collections department and the Foss Media Center at Woonsocket’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Foss Media Director Elizabeth Vangel, a Woonsocket native, worked with Hay Library curator Holly Snyder to offer “Ricochet: Woonsocket in the Civil War” as a Hay Library exhibit running through Sept. 23. The project marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the war between the Union and the Confederate states in 1861.

Moreau announces for City Council

July 24, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Robert Moreau, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Review, has announced he intends to run for a seat on the City Council.
“As a lifelong resident of Woon-socket, namely the Bernon District, I am pleased to announce my candidacy,” Moreau said in a statement. “Throughout my lifetime I have been involved in various aspects of the community. To name a recent few, I served 23 years on the police department, am an active volunteer in pioneering a flourishing boxing program at the city’s Boys and Girls Club, and am currently Director of Security for the Woonsocket Housing Authority.”

Historical groups gather to set the record straight -- and upright

July 24, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — The gravestone of Civil War soldier Stephen M. Hopkins is once again standing tall.
Hopkins, who died at age 26 from wounds received in the Battle at Fredericksburg, is buried in historical Cemetery #12 on Howard Avenue in Pascoag, but his gravestone had toppled many years ago and was broken in three pieces.
On July 16, members of the Black-stone Valley Cemetery Networking Group met with members of the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society to do something about it.

July 23rd

Judge rules that the Central Falls council may meet

July 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that the Central Falls City Council can convene to advise the state-appointed receiver overseeing the city's troubled finances but must pay expenses related to the ongoing legal battle.

Elderly city woman found safe and sound after 'hot' pursuit

July 23, 2011

WOONSOCKET – When it seemed an elderly woman might have passed out in the oppressive heat mid-way through a conversation with a radio talk-show host Friday morning, city officials and police feared the worst as they embarked on a frantic search for the unidentified caller.
But the high drama ended on a note of relief after police located the woman via an emergency subpoena for phone records from Cox Communications.

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