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August 24th, 2015

Downtown woes continue: Vino's closes

August 24, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Main Street has lost another of its visible small businesses to a closing — Vino’s pub, at 83 Main St. — that had also been known for a time as Papa Nasuti’s.

The storefront business and residential building’s owner, Gary Fernandes, confirmed on Monday that Vino’s will not be reopening after its owner, Jason Dusablon, informed him he has decided to shut down permanently.

“He owned it and business was real slow and he didn’t want to run it anymore, so he closed it,” Fernandes said of the shutdown.

August 23rd

Gathering hopes to turn political action into results

August 23, 2015

WARWICK — Concerns ranging from the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark in downtown Providence to the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline project that runs through Burrillville were among the subjects discussed Saturday as the Green Party of Rhode Island came together at the 2015 Green Gathering.

The gathering, which was held at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick, brought together Green Party officials, local residents, concerned citizens, and even a presidential candidate.

August 22nd

Green Party presidential candidate visits CCRI

August 22, 2015

WARWICK – Presidential candidate Jill Stein said Saturday afternoon that the country is facing unprecedented crises in its economy, ecology, peace, and democracy, and that it is time to put people, peace, and the planet ahead of profit.

Stein addressed the audience gathered at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick as part of the Green Party of Rhode Island’s 2015 Green Gathering. She said this moment in time is “such a staggering, powerful moment,” and noted that while it is a moment of crisis, it’s also one of “incredible potential for deep, systematic change.”

Super summer squash grows in Millville man's garden

August 22, 2015

MILLVILLE — The summer squash and zucchini did great in Bill Laquidara’s backyard garden this summer. But compared to another one of their oddball cousins in the veggie family, well, let’s just say they don’t measure up.

Say hello to Laquidara’s cucuzza, an alarmingly lengthy variety of squash that’s not usually a first choice for New England gardeners. Indigenous to the Mediterrean region, the cucuzza may be a native of Italy, where it’s been widely cultivated for centuries and the locals pronounce it ko-KOO-tza, or goo-GOOTZ.

August 21st

WHA director placed on administrative leave

August 21, 2015

WOONSOCKET — After less than six months on the job, Patrick Morganelli, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, has been placed on paid administrative leave from his $115,000-a-year job for the foreseeable future, the organization’s governing body says.

Neither the WHA’s Board of Housing Commissioners nor its legal counsel would say why Morganelli was suspended, calling the issue a private personnel matter.

“I wish I could tell you more,” said David Lahousse, chairman of the board. “But I can’t do that without getting myself in trouble.”

August 20th

Lincoln's Fortunato named R.I. Superintendent of the Year

August 20, 2015

LINCOLN — Citing her leadership and dedication to academic achievement, the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association has chosen School Supt. Georgia Fortunato as the 2015 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year.

“Georgia is an outstanding example of what a superintendent should be,” said Tim Ryan, RISSA’s executive director. “She runs an excellent school system. The academics are outstanding and she has earned the respect of the entire community. The manner in which she leads the Lincoln schools is commendable.”

August 19th

A night to check under the hood

August 19, 2015

WOONSOCKET — Classic cars were back on Main Street Wednesday evening, and drew a big crowd of area car enthusiasts to appreciate their place in American life.

Main Street shut down promptly at 5 p.m. as city Human Services Director Linda Plays had promised, and the car exhibitors had their spots up and down Main Street, from Market Square to Depot Square by 6 p.m.

August 18th

Judge rejects Tempest’s release

August 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET — A Superior Court judge’s order wiping out Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest’s murder conviction and subsequent decision to release him on bail after more than 23 years in jail were both put on ice Tuesday — at least temporarily — by a single justice of the state Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg ordered a stay of Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procaccini’s orders until all five members of the high court are available to review them, on Sept. 17.

August 17th

State making final bid to keep Tempest behind bars

August 17, 2015

WOONSOCKET — State prosecutors will take one last bite at the apple today in attempts to keep Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. behind bars pending their appeal of a Superior Court judge’s decision to vacate his 1992 murder conviction in the death of Doreen Picard.

Barring any intervention by the Supreme Court, Tempest will be released from the medium security section of the Adult Correctional Institutions sometime after 4 p.m., according to Cory Cloud, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

August 16th

Fire scorches North End dwelling

August 16, 2015

WOONSOCKET – An early evening fire heavily damaged a single-family home at 74 Vine St. Sunday, but was brought under control by fast-moving city firefighters.

The family living in the dwelling on the corner of Vine and Rivulet streets was reported to have been away when the fire broke out just before 6:50 p.m., and neighbors were able to ensure their three dogs all made it out safely, according to witnesses.

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