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April 4th, 2015

After 44 years, Mundy finally turns the page

April 4, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Sandra P. Mundy was only 23 years old and still working on her master’s degree in library science at the University of Rhode Island when she was hired by the Jesse M. Smith Board of Library Trustees as the library’s new director on Oct. 14, 1970.

At the time, some may have thought it a huge leap of faith to hire someone so young and inexperienced.

Taking a chance on Mundy proved to be one of the best decisions the board has ever made.

April 3rd

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April 3, 2015

April 2nd

City gets a clean sweep

April 2, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With the snow peeling away to reveal the gritty residue of winter, city officials have deployed a new weapon in the war on sand, silt and grime.

Say hello to the Sweepex SWB-480, a nimble little power sweeper designed for sidewalks and other tight spaces where a traditional road sweeper won’t fit.

The city bought two of them of them from Norfolk Power Equipment in Burrillville for $4,250 each, but officials say the machines will pay for themselves in reduced labor before the springtime sweeping season is over.

Secret Service pays Woonsocket zoning official a visit after his Facebook share about Obama

April 2, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A Facebook entry allegedly posted by Zoning Board member Richard J. Fagnant depicting a Marine holding a gun to the head of President Barack Obama has prompted calls for the zoner’s resignation – and a recent visit to his home by the Secret Service.

March 30th

Homeless advocates honor late Call columnist at annual luncheon

March 30, 2015

WARWICK – The late James F. “Jim” Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.

The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organization’s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

March 29th

Teens get tips on social media savvy

March 29, 2015

WOONSOCKET – As the youngsters take their seats at computer stations in an office-like cubicle on Main Street, Arwa Noorali asks if they’ve checked their privacy settings on Facebook lately.

One boy twists around in his chair with a quizzical expression on his face that seems to say, “What’s a privacy setting?”

Noorali isn’t particularly surprised. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the notion of individual privacy doesn’t get much respect from teens and twentysomethings – often at their peril.

March 28th

WPD officer tackles marathon as Alzheimer’s fundraising effort

March 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Running enthusiast and Woonsocket police Capt. Michael Lemoine counted his father-in-law as one of the most influential people in his life.

A brilliant educator and longtime civic leader in Glocester, Donald Driscoll had once been the deputy superintendent of Providence public schools, and for a time worked as a grant administrator for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

When Alzheimer’s claimed Driscoll’s life last year at the age of 82, Lemoine desperately wanted to do something to honor his memory and help other victims of the degenerative brain disorder.

March 27th

Money to fix roads is on the way

March 27, 2015

The Blackstone Valley towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge will get more than a quarter of a million dollars combined from the state Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP), a $30 million targeted effort to assist Massachusetts cities and towns with repairs to roads and bridges damaged by the record-smashing snow and frigid air last winter.

March 26th

Cumberland agrees to $2.5M liability payout

March 26, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The town’s liability insurer has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a police brutality suit brought against the Police Department by a woman who claims she suffered permanent leg injuries when she was arrested in 2010.

Excluding wrongful death cases, the settlement may be the largest on record in a police brutality claim, according to lawyer Ronald Resmini, the plaintiff’s lawyer.

“We can’t think of any other that exceeded it,” he said.

The settlement was reached after a lengthy period of negotiations between the parties, according to Resmini.

March 25th

Remblad says he was told to keep quiet

March 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE – A retired chief of the Woonsocket Police Department testified in Superior Court Tuesday that he had information implicating Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest in the murder of his 22-year-old neighbor but he was repeatedly instructed not to get involved in the investigation.

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