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June 14th, 2011

The man behind the deal

June 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Christopher Callaci never met a necktie he didn't like. He just doesn't like wearing them.
The lawyer for the union that represents nurses and other health care workers at Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center keeps his ample collection draped over the door of his office, located in a onetime funeral parlor in this city's gritty North End.
With a sliver of crew-neck T-shirt showing through his unbuttoned dress collar, Callaci seems too big for this cluttered workspace, awash in helter-skelter piles of bulging, oxford-brown legal dossiers and loose papers in search of a clip.

RI launches Red Sox plates

June 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE — It was a match made in heaven (or, more accurately, the Statehouse): Rhode Islanders love the Boston Red Sox and are famously crazy about their license plates. Now they can have the best of both worlds.
Accompanied by Bosox President Larry Lucchino and legislative leaders on Monday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital Monday to sign legislation creating special green license plates patterned after Fenway Park’s Green Monster and carrying the Red Sox logo next to the plate number.

June 8th

UPDATE: Alice Mill fire caused by spark from welding torch

June 8, 2011

Woonsocket firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of the former Alice Mills complex on Wednesday morning, which was gutted by fire Tuesday night. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental, the result of workers using an acetylene torch to cut metal for salvage inside the mill. (Call photo by Ernest A. Brown)

BULLETIN: Mayors asks residents to conserve water

June 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is asking residents to conserve water as much as possible today because of the demand from firefighters at the scene of the Alice Mill fire on Fairmount Street. So much water has been diverted for the firefighting effort that pressure in outlying portions of the distribution network have been significantly affected, the mayor said. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for at least the rest of the Wednesday dousing hot spots.

June 7th

Former Alice Mills complex burns down

June 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The rising column of black smoke over Fairmount Street Tuesday evening told a well known story for city residents. Another of the city's historic mills was burning.
The column of roiling smoke led to the old U.S. Rubber Co. plant at 85 Fairmount St., more recently known as Tech Industries, and flames were quickly destroying the four-story brick and wood structure.
The fire initially erupted out third and fourth-floor windows near one of the mill's two distinctive bell towers around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread across the affected floors.

Landmark, Steward sign agreement

June 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Steward Health Care System of Boston is moving full-speed ahead on its plans for acquiring Landmark Medical Center.
A week after a Superior Court judge approved the $76 million deal, Landmark and Steward announced yesterday that they have have signed an asset purchase agreement, a core component of the sale. The agreement would make Landmark a part of Steward, parent company of the Caritas Christi Health Care network.

Alpaca farm comes to North Smithfield

June 7, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — If you happen to be walking down Grange Road and hear a gentle humming, don't be alarmed. Its just the alpacas.
The Pasquariello family, owners of Mamalu Farm, have just welcomed the arrival of two alpacas to their newly formed alpaca farm on Grange Road.
The family’s primary goal is to raise, breed, and sell alpaca products. They are also interested in providing animal assisted therapy and donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their products to charity.

June 6th

Reed talks to Chamber about Medicare

June 6, 2011

LINCOLN — If Republican plans to change Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher or “premium support” system are successful, “it will be harder and harder for seniors to get health insurance,” Sen. Jack Reed told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Reed harkened back to the early 1960s, before the Medicare law was passed, telling the business group that, “when you would go to a friend’s house and you would see at least one grandparent in the front room on a hospital bed, getting health care.” That is what health care was like for senior citizens back then, he said.

June 5th

Mount St. Charles graduates 175

June 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET — With a ceremony honoring their school’s traditions and religious beliefs, 175 members of Mount St. Charles Academy’s Class of 2011 stepped forward to their futures at commencement exercises in Brother Adelard Arena Sunday.
The traditions of the day included the school presenting members of its Class of 1961 with honorary diplomas and the ceremony’s musical performances by Marc Blanchette’s senior band.

Hudon, Biernacki are Burrillville's best

June 5, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — Kerstin Hudon is the valedictorian, and Thomas Brien Biernacki, the salutatorian, for the Burrillville High School Class of 2011, Principal Michael Whaley announced this week.
Hudon, who ranks first in her class of 196 seniors, finishes her four years at Burrillville High School with a grade point average of 4.42, receiving highest honors each semester.

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