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By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â Jason Cropley usually gets off work in the morning, but when his graveyard shift ended Monday he had another job to do: free his car from its prison of snow.
Cropley, a security guard at Portola Tech, thought there might be trouble when he heard the rumble of snowplows passing the Fairmount Street mill with increasing frequency during the night. Sure enough, they buried his car, parked just a few feet from the edge of the road, behind a knee-high wall of grayish, lumpy snow.
WOONSOCKET â The city firefighters union has unanimously agreed to accept a 2.75 percent, retroactive pay hike for the fiscal year that began on July 1 â now it's up to the City Council to approve the pact.
The proposal would end an arbitration dispute with roots that go back to a multi-year contract ironed out in 2009, during a particularly turbulent period in relations between the city and Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
PAWTUCKET â âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is now a screen star in his own right with a new music video that is appearing on YouTube.
Called âSanta's Wrap,â the video features the Pawtucket resident performing a rap-style song that he wrote himself. Since it made its debut earlier this month, âSanta's Wrapâ has garnered over 31,000 hits on the Internet video site. The easiest way to access the video is by looking up âSanta's Wrapâ on Google or by visiting YouTube and searching âSanta's Wrap.â
WOONSOCKET â CVS/Caremark won a round Tuesday as the Zoning Board unanimously rejected an abutter's plea to quash final plans for a new pharmacy proposed for busy Chipman's Corner.
Ron Genereux of 41 Dana St. said the board spurned his argument that the Planning Board should have taken another look at the proposal because it contains new elements that will affect the flow of traffic in the congested intersection.
âIt's what we expected I think,â said Genereux. âThe zoning board was predisposed to grant CVS permission to move forward.â
CUMBERLAND â A 14-year-old boy made a 911 call Monday afternoon after discovering his mother's body lying in a pool of blood in his 29 Titus St. home and later learned police would charge his father in her death.
Peter J. Pytka, 40, was arraigned in District Court, Providence, on a Cumberland Police charge he allegedly murdered his wife, Tracey Pytka, 38, after an apparent domestic incident at the Titus Street residence.
WOONSOCKET â More than $1.3 million generated by this summer's CVS/Caremark Charity Classic found its target yesterday as the company handed out checks to dozens of nonprofits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
CVS/Caremark CEO Tom Ryan, and the co-hosts of the tournament, homegrown golf pros Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, announced the figure during a ceremony at the pharmacy giant's headquarters.
COVENTRY â Jennifer and Melissa Schroeder Rondeau reckon that since April they have kept 16,800 disposable diapers out of the state landfill.
That feat may not seem noteworthy at first glance, until you realize it takes a disposable diaper, at best, about 250 to 500 years to decompose.
WOONSOCKET -- Local principals haven't received a pay increase for the past five years, but during that time they could count on past individual contractual agreements for a bit of job security.
Now, it appears the school department's ongoing fiscal troubles may be putting the local school leaders at risk.
Members of the school committee this week debated whether the school department's nine principals should serve "at will" and be open to layoffs at any time.
WOONSOCKET -- You couldn't have asked for a better holiday smile than the one members of the Woonsocket Police Department put on the face of Joel Felix, 4, at their annual Santa Claus party for local children this week.
WOONSOCKET â When the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy graduates its 115th class of recruits today, a few of the stars will be heading for jobs on the Woonsocket Police Department.
Timothy Greene is the valedictorian of the 19-member class. Matthew Derham won the Highway Safety Award. Patrick Greeno was the choice of his peers to read the Policeman's Code of Ethics, a graduation rite considered a high honor, says Capt. David A. Ricciarelli, the academy's assistant director of operations.