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February 11th, 2011

City slightly up on Fitch's financial scorecard

February 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Although it left unchanged the city's BBB- bond rating, Fitch Ratings yesterday upgraded the city's long-term fiscal outlook from negative to stable, a move officials hailed as another sign that the city's financial health is slowly but steadily improving.

Heart Adventure Challenge

February 11, 2011

Seven-year-old Taylor Yuszczak, a second grader at North Smithfield Elementary School, pulls her way to the finish line in the Heart Adventure Challenge, one of the many events held for students throughout the day Tuesday during the "Jump Rope for Hearts Challenge" -- an annual fundraiser for the Rhode Island Heart Association.

February 10th

Hundreds descend on Statehouse over gay marriage

February 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE – In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.

February 8th

Twin River hawks casino plan

February 8, 2011

LINCOLN – Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin River’s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was “looking forward” to working with Taylor in the future “to make sure this facility stays viable.”

February 7th

Roofs cleared; school's on

February 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET – After a three-day operation to clear dangerously heavy snow loads from the rooftops of public schools, classes are set to resume Tuesday for the first time since last Thursday – weather permitting, of course.

Vermette's roof collapses

February 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The winter of 2011 claimed a city landmark Sunday as heavy snow and ice brought down the function room roof at Vermette’s Restaurant at 1347 Diamond Hill Road.
The collapse of the roof into a room once home to local wedding receptions, collations and holiday parties left one wall bulging outward into the business' parking lot at Diamond Hill Road and Mendon Road and another canted inward. The city's building inspector subsequently ordered the function room taken down as a precaution against further collapse.

February 6th

Send your veterans photos to The CALL

February 6, 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 on 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:

School Committee to take up budget cuts

February 6, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee will begin work on next year’s proposed budget in earnest this week when it considers what could amount to a $1.7 million reduction in school spending.
The panel’s budget subcommittee is expected to recommend approximately that amount in cost reductions after looking at a list of possible budget tightening moves that include several of the recommendations raised by the just completed B&E Consulting performance audit, School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said after subcommittee met Thursday.

BV Tech's Downing earns prestigious college scholarship

February 6, 2011

UPTON – Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School senior and automotive technology student, Christopher Downing, is the recipient of the Senior Northwestern Technical Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship worth up to $25,000 from the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Downing also achieved a first-place finish in the Mass. Skills USA Automotive Technology Competition in March 2010, resulting in him being awarded an additional $10,000 scholarship from the university. The combined awards total $35,000 that may be applied to tuition costs throughout his enrollment.

February 5th

Fire destroys home of local video company owner

February 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET – An intense fire apparently breaking out in a finished breezeway left Paul and Lorraine Jacobs without a home Friday afternoon.
Paul Jacobs, 69, the well-known local video and sound company owner who records meetings of City Council and other popular events, also lost equipment and possibly years of recordings when the fire swept through an attached garage and the two-level home at 49 Hillsdale Street while the couple was away.

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