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February 5th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â As a critical care pulmonologist at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, Dr. Eric Gartman has seen firsthand the damage caused by cigarette smoke.
On Wednesday, the day Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark announced it will ban all cigarette sales by October, Gartman was scheduled to meet with at least two patients with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, and one of the hardest cancers to treat.
WOONSOCKET â State police arrested 13 individuals from northern Rhode Island this morning who were allegedly involved in an âorganized criminal gambling operationâ after executing warrants to search four locations, including Gold Loan Advance, a pawnshop and check-cashing company owned by the mayorâs brother.
The suspects were to be arraigned in District Court, Providence, at 2 p.m.
Detective Lt. Michael Winquist of the state police said Dan âRockyâ Baldelli is not facing any criminal charges and would not be among those arraigned.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee has re-ignited the controversy over
issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Legislation submitted on Chafeeâs behalf by Sen. Frank Ciccone of North Providence and Providence in the Senate and by Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams in the House of Representatives would create a âdriverâs privilege licenseâ for people who meet all other requirements for a regular driverâs license but âcannot establish that he or she is legally present in the United States or does not have a Social Security number.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The arrival of two additional businesses at the townâs premier commercial development, Dowling Village, caught the praise of Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton in her recent state of the town address, and could hint at things to come for Eddie Dowling Highway.
Dowling Village developer Brian Bucci, of Bucci Development of Warwick, declined to comment on specifics of future projects at Dowling Village, but did forecast more work ahead this year.
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Call.
WOONSOCKET â Snow wasnât the only thing falling to the ground in the city on Monday â at 121 Providence St., it was the remains of a fire-damaged city tenement that were coming down under the bite of a large John Deere excavator.
Peter St. Lawrence of R&P Construction and Demolition out of Johnston, and a company employee, Anthony Carnevale, only needed about three hours to knock down most of the four-unit, wood-frame apartment Monday morning and spent the rest of the snowy afternoon pulling out salvageable metals and other materials from the resulting debris pile.
CUMBERLAND â Alleged paranormal activity on the property of the old Monastery â now home to the Cumberland Public Library â will be featured on an upcoming episode of âGhost Hunters,â a paranormal reality television series on the Syfy Channel.
Production crews from California filmed at the library for four days in December, and the episode is tentatively scheduled to air in March, according to the showâs producers, Kevin Kane and Leslie Lindsey.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Monday's Call and Monday's Times.
American Legion Fairmount Post 85 Adjutant David Dumoulin, left, and Senior Vice Commander Dick Christiansen, present Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt with a Foosball and Ping Pong table on behalf of Post 85 to the City of Woonsocket on Friday. The tables have been given to the high school for use in the gym during afterschool activities as well as for physical education. Mayor Baldelli-Hunt thanked Post 85 'for thinking of us' and stated it is further proof the city can work together again, including the city administration and the school department. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)
WOONSOCKET -- For hobby bird photographer Neil Caswell his new apartment overlooking Harris Pond has turned out to be like that box of chocolates Forest Gumpâs mother talked about.
âYou never know what youâre going to get,â he says.
Growing up in Uganda, an east African country racked by war, AIDS and extreme poverty, life was a struggle for then 9-year-old Dorothy Nabwami, who was facing a very uncertain future 17 years ago.
Then the African Childrenâs Choir came along.
Nabwami was singing in her local Sunday school choir in her village when the African Childrenâs Choir chose her to be part of an international singing group.
âThey gave me clothing and food and the ability to travel around the world,â she says.
WOONSOCKET â The number of Rhode Island students meeting at least partial proficiency for state testing of their math skills has increased, but the latest results for the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) released by the Department of Education still show students in urban districts like Woonsocket have more work to do to meet the stateâs new graduation requirements.