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April 28th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” In a city desperate for a jolt of economic euphoria, almost nothing makes civic heads swoon like the notion of commuter rail. Just look what it did for nearby Franklin, one of the fastest-growing towns in Massachusetts during the 1990s.
The idea gained traction after a preliminary study several years ago, but it, along with many other great ideas, crashed into the Great Recession.
LINCOLN â€” When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
PROVIDENCE â€” As Landmark Medical Center's financial health grows increasingly frail, a Superior Court judge said yesterday he's not ready to accept any of the offers on the table for the Woonsocket hospital because they all contain contingencies that could cause the sale to founder or they advance unsatisfactory models of patient care.
But Judge Michael Silverstein didn't reject the offers, not yet anyway â€” he gave the bidders until May 6 to resolve the issues and said he would decide whether to choose one by May 10.
PROVIDENCE â€” Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ€™ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
â€śThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâ€™s no argument about that,â€ť Chafee said in response to a question from Call Publisher Barry Mechanic. â€śItâ€™s a cost we donâ€™t want to pay.â€ť
The property manager of the Citizens Bank branch on Eddie Dowling Highway in North Smithfield, near Park Square, who asked not to be identified, speaks to a bank employee after being notified that a car had crashed into the front of the building just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Broken doors and windows can be seen in the photo, on right. The branch was closed temporarily, and customers directed to the branch at the Park Square Stop & Shop nearby. Check back later for more updates. (Call photo by Ernest A. Brown)
WOONSOCKET â€” The city is back in court with firefighters, this time in a preemptive strike against a possible future challenge of its plan for a makeover of the shift structure of the Woonsocket Fire Department aimed at reducing overtime pay.
At issue is whether the plan violates the city's collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 732. The city has asked a Superior Court judge for a ruling of declaratory judgment on the question, a type of order that would clarify the union's legal options, if any, after the shift changes are implemented.
WOONSOCKET - School Superintendent Robert J. Gerardi Jr. will be meeting with school officials in Maynard, Mass. this week to discuss a possible employment contract after the Maynard School Committee last week voted to hire Gerardi as its new school chief.
If Gerardi accepts the position, he would likely leave Woonsocket in June when Maynard's current superintendent, Mark Mastersin, retires. Gerardi could make a formal announcement regarding his departure as early as this week.
Gabriel Chattman, 9, Cadence Archambault, 3, and Faith Chattman, 2, all of Woonsocket, happily count their Easter eggs after taking part in an Easter egg hunt for all ages Saturday morning at the Lincoln Mall. The scene will be repeated all over the Blackstone Valley this morning. Happy Easter to all!
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: email@example.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.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
â€śI came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,â€ť said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. â€śI had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.â€ť
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.