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March 19th, 2011

Special meeting Monday focuses on funding

March 19, 2011

CUMBERLAND - The Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the town's legislative agenda, which will include hot button issues such as acceleration of the school funding formula phase-in, vehicle excise tax, and state housing aid.
The meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center meeting room, 1464 Diamond Hill Road.
Each year, the council develops an agenda that both supports and opposes legislation based on whether or not the bills help the town achieve its goals or detracts from those objectives.

March 18th

Send your veterans photos to The Call

March 18, 2011

The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: veterans@woonsocketcall.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Hometown:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:
Highlights:

Nursing stint in Iraq changed Gloria Vignone

March 18, 2011

Gloria Vignone admits to feeling “bittersweet” about her tour as a nurse in Iraq back in 2006-07.
“Sometimes when you are here, you want to be there, and vice versa,” the Franklin, Ma. native was saying earlier this month. “The camaraderie with your fellow soldiers is unbelievable. All we saw were trauma cases over there, a lot of blood and amputated limbs. We had one soldier who lost 60 units of blood and he lived. His buddies came in and donated blood to save his life. To know that you helped save a soldier’s life is a feeling you never forget.”

March 17th

Schools still looking at ways to slash budget

March 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The school department was once again looking for budget reductions on Thursday as the School Committee’s budget subcommittee began a review of ways to solve a projected $1.6 million shortfall in the $59.8 million spending plan already sent to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said that “everything” possible to be cut in the proposed budget would be looked at in the new round of budget work.

Fontaine takes aim at firefighter overtime

March 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET – In a shot across the bow of the firefighter's union, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has proposed a shift restructuring of the fire department that would virtually eliminate overtime.
The mayor's proposal would fold the 124 members of the fire department into three rotating platoons instead of four, the current norm. And instead of working an average of 42 hours a week before overtime kicks in, every firefighter would have to work 56.

It's hard to say goodbye to Chris the Amazing

March 17, 2011

If you read newspapers on a regular basis you know that each day can bring both good and bad news.
Those of us who work the news business learn that early on in our jobs and it helps you form a thicker skin to the more troubling news that inevitably comes along.
Most times anyway.
Monday was one of those days when the news going into the paper drew a longer look and sparked that sense of sadness that comes with losing someone you knew.
Christine Nowak, 50, a Call reporter for 15 years, was up there on the proof sheets in an obituary.

March 16th

Remembering author Edwin O'Connor

March 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET — He never smoked or drank. No one can recall that he ever raised his voice in anger. And the khakis and loafers he was fond of wearing were as low-key as his personality.
In many ways the Pulitzer Prize was a crown that never quite fit Edwin O’Connor, author of “The Last Hurrah,” and the city’s most famous Irish-American native son.
And, sadly, perhaps its most forgotten.
“Aside from the catch-phrase ‘last hurrah,’ which has become part of the English language, he really has been forgotten,” says Robert Rose, an independent TV producer from Lincoln.

Millville's John Dean dead at 78

March 16, 2011

MILLVILLE — This week would have been just around the time that John F. Dean Sr. would dye his trademark white beard green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. It was a springtime tradition that would often turn the heads of passing motorists while Dean, looking like an over-sized leprechaun, was out with his highway crews filling potholes.
Today, rather, it was a somber mood in Millville, as friends and family mourned the passing of 78-year-old Dean, a lifelong resident of Millville and longtime town highway surveyor, who died Tuesday at Landmark Medical Center after a brief illness.

Judge rules on 17-year-old stabbing suspect

March 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A Family Court judge yesterday “certified” a 17-year-old boy accused in a stabbing last April that left an elderly man paralyzed — a status that falls a step short of waiving him into adult courts.
But Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, said the ruling also places the boy in jeopardy of serving an adult-length prison sentence if the courts determine he was responsible for the stabbing.
“It’s kind of a bifurcated approach,” said Kempe. “He’ll be tried in Family Court but he’ll be subject to adult sentencing.”

March 15th

Man hurt in rollover

March 15, 2011

North Smithfield fire and rescue personnel tend to a 61-year-old man at the scene of a rollover in front of Anchor Subaru Tuesday afternoon. The man apparently lost control of his car while heading south on Route 146 around 3 p.m. The victim, who was conscious and alert after being removed from his car, was taken to Landmark Medical Center with head lacerations. A vehicle at the dealership sustained rear end damage.

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