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June 17th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â The Bryn Mawr, Pa. company that owns the largest shopping plaza in the city has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court, challenging the cityâs $12.7 million assessment of the property.
WP Associates LLC, the owner of Diamond Hill Plaza, says the assessment should be reduced by more than 75 percent so the savings can be passed along in the form of lower rent to its leading anchor, Burlington Coat Factory.
WOONSOCKET â Schools Superintendent Giovanna Donoyanâs contract will not be renewed by the Budget Commission when it expires on Aug. 30, commission sources have confirmed.
The recently-seated, appointed School Committee had just voted in April to grant Donoyan a nine-month extension that would have locked her into the $150,000 a year superintendentâs job until June 2015.
WOONSOCKET â Aspiring filmmaker Victor Ramos isnât ready to quit his day job yet, but heâs getting close.
The assistant executive director of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition has already trimmed down the full-time position to part-time hours to promote his feature-length movie, a cross-cultural comedy called âLa Guagua.â
WOONSOCKET â A Superior Court judge has decided that Raymond D. Tempest Jr. will be allowed to argue that his 1992 murder conviction should be vacated after his lawyers told the court new DNA evidence from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than him.
Tempest, 61, is serving 85 years for the 1982 bludgeoning murder of Doreen C. Picard, 22, in the basement of a multifamily house on Providence Street.
WOONSOCKET â The legal dispute between the Sojourner House program assisting the victims of domestic violence and a former staff member alleging the organization misused federal grant funding was continuing this week despite Superior Court ruling dismissing the initial complaint in the case.
WOONSOCKET â Vintage Restaurant, which promised to set the cityâs standard for fine dining when it opened nearly two decades ago, abruptly closed its doors this week.
The somber news was confirmed by the owner of the business, Michael Danahy, who also runs the Blue Grotto on Providenceâs Federal Hill.
âIt was a good experience, a wonderful community,â said Danahy.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Call.
WOONSOCKET â The local teachers union has launched an incendiary public campaign attacking the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy as the Rhode Island Department of Education began soliciting public feedback to help determine whether to grant the school a charter.
Jeffrey Partington, president of the 600-member Woonsocket Teachers Guild, says mayoral academies âcherry-pickâ the best students, drain resources from public schools and segregate students based on abilities, language and race.
BURRILLVILLE â Nine people were sickened â two badly enough to be hospitalized â after gasoline fumes wafted through a dentistâs office at 262 Main St. in Harrisville Monday morning.
Emergency responders arrived at the offices of Dr. Allen E. Schenck about 9:27 a.m. thinking they might be dealing with a case of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said. But Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department said officers learned the noxious vapors were from a snow blower stored in the basement.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has approved Mayor Daniel McKeeâs final town budget by a 5-2 majority vote.
The budget was approved unchanged from McKeeâs proposal for a total general fund budget of $88,032,456 for 2014-15 that is expected to keep the same $17.08 per $1,000 tax rate now supporting the townâs current budget.
The sum includes $58,484,710 for schools, which provides an additional $1.8 million in increased state aid and local support.
UXBRIDGE â Steve Butler may be the most popular host of a do-it-yourself TV-show youâve never heard of.
For the last three years, the artist and furniture maker has been producing a how-to show from a single-car garage on North Main Street thatâs carried on more than 400 cable television stations in 45 states and several foreign countries, from Hawaii to South Africa.