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March 12th, 2014

Two councilors face recall over support of all-day K

March 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Two members of the City Council, sworn in just three months ago, could be headed for a test of the city’s voter recall provision as result of their support of the School Department’s full-day kindergarten proposal.

City Councilwoman Melissa Murray and Councilman Garrett Mancieri are the targets of the recall effort being mounted by a group of 10 city residents opposed to their position on the restoration of full-day kindergarten in local schools.

March 11th

Legislators hear testimony on bills about abortion rights

March 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Scores of advocates on both sides of the volatile abortion issue testified into the night Tuesday on a dozen different bills that sought to either restrict or liberalize the state’s abortion laws.

Three of the bills were sponsored by local lawmakers.

A measure sponsored by state Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) would require a physician who is to perform an abortion to also perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman and offer to show her the ultrasound images and a medical description of those images.

Historic block faces condemnation

March 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City planners have long viewed the historic commercial block as a key to rejuvenating Main Street, but the building could be condemned in 30 days if the owners fail to replace the roof.

Planning Director Joel Mathews said the ultimatum would be spelled out in a letter to be mailed today to Stamatos Property Management of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Mathews said the state fire marshal has also given SPM 60 days to install a hard-wired fire alarm system, but the order is essentially moot unless the leaking, unstable roof is repaired first.

March 10th

National Grid moving ahead with new transmission lines

March 10, 2014

National Grid is working with police in North Smithfield and Burrillville to ensure the safety of the public during construction of the Rhode Island segment of the Interstate Reliability Project (IRP), a $200 million undertaking that kicks off this month to improve the region’s electric transmission system.

Boyfriend charged with Salvi murder

March 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE – More than two months after her death, Emmanuel “Manny” Algaria of Woonsocket was charged in District Court Monday with the murder of his girlfriend, Catherine Salvi.

Algaria, 22, had been facing felony assault charges after attacking Salvi in their apartment at 316 Manville Road on Dec. 13. State prosecutors withdrew that charge as they lodged a new count of murder against Algaria during a brief hearing before Magistrate Joseph Ippolito.

March 9th

Cumberland bike shop owner seeking marrow donor for niece

March 9, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Michael Iafrate will admit that he didn’t give childhood leukemia much thought until it touched his own family. Iafrate knew about the illness and its impact on children, but like many people, didn’t have a connection that would show him what such an illness can do to a family.

That is not until his niece, Anna Getner, 9, of Wilton, Conn., became ill with ALL leukemia late last year, and his family became involved in trying to get her the option of a bone marrow transplant if that becomes necessary.

March 8th

WPD lands two Hummers, and the price was right: $0

March 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s okay if you call them Hummers – everyone will. But the fact is, those squat, camouflage-patterned 4-by-4s you may have seen parked outside police headquarters the last couple of days are bona fide High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, or HMMWVs – equipment manufactured for the Army that inspired the mainstream consumer cousin.

The Woonsocket Police Department is now in possession of two of the military vehicles, worth about $60,000 each.

This is what the WPD paid: The Bubble. As in zero, zilch, nada.

What’s next for Tyler?

March 8, 2014

While the big birthday celebration for Burrillville’s Tyler Seddon may be over, the search continues for a bone marrow match for Tyler and thousands more diagnosed with life-threatening diseases for which a bone marrow transplant may be their best or only hope of a cure.

And it couldn’t be any easier to register to see if you’re a match.

March 7th

Scavage through Cumberland’s varied history

March 7, 2014

CUMBERLAND – When your town has more than 300 years of history to tell, it certainly has plenty of locations to make a Historical Scavenger Hunt fun and thought-provoking.

At least that is what Michael Crawley, Parks & Recreation director, and Arlene Nunn, Parks & Recreation clerk, intended when they came up with the idea of holding their first historical hunt beginning this afternoon and running through March 30.

RI nutrition program shakes up old menus

March 7, 2014

The cheapest lunch in town is going bistro.

Actually, it’s been going that way for a while, says Larry Grimaldi of the R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs.

The biggest kitchens of the state’s Senior Nutrition Program have slowly been tweaking their menus to cater to the more sophisticated, health-conscious tastes of baby boomers, the fastest-aging segment of the population.

“The senior center isn’t just a place you go to have lunch and play bingo,” says Grimaldi. “That concept is long gone.”

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