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October 3rd, 2011
WOONSOCKET â Nearly a quarter of the 25 candidates running for seats on the City Council and School Committee are carrying account balances for various city taxes and fees that are so delinquent theyâve already been assessed penalties.
Another handful also have accounts listed as past due, but city officials couldnât be certain they were delinquent, citing a lag time involved in bank processing of receivables.
WOONSOCKET â The City Council faces a busy agenda tonight that includes requests to lease office space at City Hall to U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline and grant a tax deferment for a local mill building.
The office space lease was negotiated by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and will provide the city with monthly rent of $100, according to an ordinance submitted to the council for action Monday evening in Harris Hall.
WOONSOCKET â A man charged with shooting at an occupied car on Florida Street July 14 was back in police custody Thursday after allegedly being involved in a bar fight at Brews and Cues on Rathbun Street.
Justin R. Menard, 26, of 20 Fifth Ave., Woonsocket, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, simple assault and battery and resisting arrest after he was located by police at 11:24 p.m. Thursday.
MILLVILLE - Even at the young age of 11, John J. Mullaly knew a career in the fire service was probably inevitable.
His father, John J. Mullaly Sr., was a Millville firefighter, and his grandfather, John H. Mullaly, served on the department from 1925 to the 1940's, many of those years as fire chief.
WOONSOCKET â Vimala Phongsavanh believes the School Committee on which she serves has too many subcommittees and wants her peers to take on a restructuring of the list of 19 panels.
Phongsavanh has offered the committee members a Power Point presentation detailing her concerns that members are spread too thin in their assignments to the subcommittees, and that consolidation of the list could result in better transparency and accountability for the boards.
CRANSTON â First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husbandâs re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.
LINCOLN â Sitting at an all-red table with the âLongevityâ symbol painted on the top in black, art teacher Susan Kolenda and language teacher Becky Regan peruse this âConfucius Classroomâ at Lincoln High School in awe.
One wall is devoted to a colorful painting of a mammoth Chinese dragon, that achieved by LHS Special Education instructor Chris Jones. Above a window is a bright red cornice with gold trim and a black Chinese symbol, courtesy of the talents of Kolenda herself.
Inside the room stand six such tables, each surrounded by five or six all-black, cushioned chairs.
WOONSOCKET â The School Department honored its best Wednesday night, presenting its annual recognition awards to a teacher, a teacher assistant, a secretary and a custodian.
Jessica Frechette, a special needs teacher, collected Teacher of the Year honors for the department for her role in helping students in the classroom and also for her work to add an accessible playground structure at the Globe Park Elementary School where she works.
WOONSOCKET â A freight train slammed into a car Wednesday after the driver mistakenly turned onto the River Street train tracks, thinking the rail bed was a street.
Christopher Hanlon, 28, was navigating with the aid of a GPS device, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette. The Coventry resident was heading toward Massachusetts on River Street, looking for Verry Street.
âHis GPS said take the next right, so he took the next right, which turned out to be the railroad tracks,â said Jalette. âVerry Street is the first right after the railroad tracks.â
WOONSOCKET â You'll pardon Jerry St. Angelo if he seems so above it all.
After all, he is.
At least when he's working.
Like tree-trimmers and steeplejacks, St. Angelo spends most of his professional life higher above sea-level than the rest of us.
He's a restoration stonemason, a job that combines the talents of Spiderman and the patience of a brain surgeon. A foreman for RD Preservation, St. Angelo is in charge of a crew that's repairing dangerously unstable masonry on the facade of City Hall.
Just don't call him a bricklayer.