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April 8th, 2015

Downtown project on hold

April 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – On the urging of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the City Council on Monday tabled a proposal to provide critical financing for the ambitious $3.2 million Main Street Gateway Project proposed by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
Six members of the City Council had signed onto a resolution calling on the city to release $450,000 in funds from the federal HOME Investment Partnership Fund needed to finish the project, but they ended up tabling it amid questions raised by the mayor regarding NeighborWorks’ tax liabilities.

April 6th

Where once was an ‘Ocean’ will soon be a city park

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The pond at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was being filled in on Monday as the city’s renovation work at the long-deteriorated recreational area between Social Street and East School Street kicked into high gear with the improving weather.

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt visited the park with other city and state officials and representatives in the afternoon to mark the start up of the $2.6 million project with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony at the location of a soon-to-appear youth baseball field.

April 5th

Veterans’ museum being prepared for duty

April 5, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Glenn Dusablon remembers the precise moment when he was bitten by the collector’s bug.

He was just 12 years old, and his mother had taken him to the family’s historic homestead in Ware, Mass., to poke around for antiques. As he rummaged through the house, he found a military sword one of his ancestors brought home from the Civil War.

“I found that sword, and that’s when I got that bug,” says Dusablon.

April 4th

After 44 years, Mundy finally turns the page

April 4, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Sandra P. Mundy was only 23 years old and still working on her master’s degree in library science at the University of Rhode Island when she was hired by the Jesse M. Smith Board of Library Trustees as the library’s new director on Oct. 14, 1970.

At the time, some may have thought it a huge leap of faith to hire someone so young and inexperienced.

Taking a chance on Mundy proved to be one of the best decisions the board has ever made.

April 3rd

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 12 Adorable Easter Crafts For Kids

April 3, 2015

April 2nd

City gets a clean sweep

April 2, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With the snow peeling away to reveal the gritty residue of winter, city officials have deployed a new weapon in the war on sand, silt and grime.

Say hello to the Sweepex SWB-480, a nimble little power sweeper designed for sidewalks and other tight spaces where a traditional road sweeper won’t fit.

The city bought two of them of them from Norfolk Power Equipment in Burrillville for $4,250 each, but officials say the machines will pay for themselves in reduced labor before the springtime sweeping season is over.

Secret Service pays Woonsocket zoning official a visit after his Facebook share about Obama

April 2, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A Facebook entry allegedly posted by Zoning Board member Richard J. Fagnant depicting a Marine holding a gun to the head of President Barack Obama has prompted calls for the zoner’s resignation – and a recent visit to his home by the Secret Service.

March 30th

Homeless advocates honor late Call columnist at annual luncheon

March 30, 2015

WARWICK – The late James F. “Jim” Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.

The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organization’s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

March 29th

Teens get tips on social media savvy

March 29, 2015

WOONSOCKET – As the youngsters take their seats at computer stations in an office-like cubicle on Main Street, Arwa Noorali asks if they’ve checked their privacy settings on Facebook lately.

One boy twists around in his chair with a quizzical expression on his face that seems to say, “What’s a privacy setting?”

Noorali isn’t particularly surprised. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the notion of individual privacy doesn’t get much respect from teens and twentysomethings – often at their peril.

March 28th

WPD officer tackles marathon as Alzheimer’s fundraising effort

March 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Running enthusiast and Woonsocket police Capt. Michael Lemoine counted his father-in-law as one of the most influential people in his life.

A brilliant educator and longtime civic leader in Glocester, Donald Driscoll had once been the deputy superintendent of Providence public schools, and for a time worked as a grant administrator for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

When Alzheimer’s claimed Driscoll’s life last year at the age of 82, Lemoine desperately wanted to do something to honor his memory and help other victims of the degenerative brain disorder.

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