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April 10th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â Draped in blankets, they were shaken and cold, and most werenât sure where they were going to sleep the next night.
Forty people were homeless after a careless cooking accident triggered a three-alarm fire Wednesday night at 30 Ascension St., one of the cityâs largest rooming houses.
Amazingly, all escaped without injury, partly because of the heroics of Douglas Lachance, a live-in property manager who pounded on doors to alert sleeping tenants to the danger.
CUMBERLAND â While it may seem harmless enough, Cumberland school officials are warning parents that a popular game where students try to âassassinateâ other students with a squirt gun could go too far.
The game is called "Senior Assassin" and it's played at schools across the country, including Cumberland where about 100 high school seniors are reportedly involved in the game. Rules vary, but it generally involves students stalking and shooting human targets with water pistols until only one remains.
WOONSOCKET â On the urging of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the City Council on Monday tabled a proposal to provide critical financing for the ambitious $3.2 million Main Street Gateway Project proposed by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
Six members of the City Council had signed onto a resolution calling on the city to release $450,000 in funds from the federal HOME Investment Partnership Fund needed to finish the project, but they ended up tabling it amid questions raised by the mayor regarding NeighborWorksâ tax liabilities.
WOONSOCKET â The pond at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was being filled in on Monday as the cityâs renovation work at the long-deteriorated recreational area between Social Street and East School Street kicked into high gear with the improving weather.
Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt visited the park with other city and state officials and representatives in the afternoon to mark the start up of the $2.6 million project with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony at the location of a soon-to-appear youth baseball field.
WOONSOCKET â Glenn Dusablon remembers the precise moment when he was bitten by the collectorâs bug.
He was just 12 years old, and his mother had taken him to the familyâs historic homestead in Ware, Mass., to poke around for antiques. As he rummaged through the house, he found a military sword one of his ancestors brought home from the Civil War.
âI found that sword, and thatâs when I got that bug,â says Dusablon.
BURRILLVILLE â Sandra P. Mundy was only 23 years old and still working on her masterâs 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 libraryâs 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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 wonât 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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 zonerâs resignation â and a recent visit to his home by the Secret Service.
WARWICK â The late James F. âJimâ 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 organizationâs annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.