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April 10th, 2015

Property manager saves residents from burning building

April 10, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Draped in blankets, they were shaken and cold, and most weren’t 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 city’s 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.

April 9th

School officials to squirts: Knock it off

April 9, 2015

CUMBERLAND — While it may seem harmless enough, Cumberland school officials are warning parents that a popular game where students try to “assassinate” 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.

April 8th

Downtown project on hold

April 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – 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 NeighborWorks’ tax liabilities.

April 6th

Where once was an ‘Ocean’ will soon be a city park

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The pond at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was being filled in on Monday as the city’s 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.

April 5th

Veterans’ museum being prepared for duty

April 5, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Glenn Dusablon remembers the precise moment when he was bitten by the collector’s bug.

He was just 12 years old, and his mother had taken him to the family’s 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.

“I found that sword, and that’s when I got that bug,” says Dusablon.

April 4th

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

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 12 Adorable Easter Crafts For Kids

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.

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