WOONSOCKET â€“ After the Budget Commission got a rancorous lecture from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt last week about overstaying its welcome, the City Council has followed up with a proposed resolution asking the state-appointed overseers to pack their bags.
Introduced by Councilman Garrett Mancieri, the resolution asks state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly to disband the commission and replace it with a fiscal adviser, who would have far less power to control local decisions than the commission.
WOONSOCKET – The United Veterans Council has announced that Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, adjudant general emeritus of Rhode Island, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, have been named as co-chairpersons of fundraising for the development of a new veterans park on Davison Avenue.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After hearing that The River United Methodist Church couldnâ€™t afford to keep its lights on and appliances running, the Italian Workingmenâ€™s Club decided there was only one thing to do: Give the church a check to pay the overdue bill.
â€śWe voted to pay it in full,â€ť said IWC Chairman Mike Kind.
IWC members handed over a check for $1,000 to Pastor Rebecca Lambert on the steps of the Federal Street Church on Friday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The line of people, some disheveled and weary-looking, formed behind a red pickup truck that backed into a weed-strewn lot off Social Street.
When the tailgate dropped, it was plain to see why they were there: One by one, they approached to retrieve a sandwich, a slice of pizza or a bread roll from stacks of provisions piled in the bed of the pickup. Others picked through used pieces of clothing and secondhand shoes from a cardboard box.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After a rocky political fight that goes back months, a new era of full-day kindergarten got off to a smooth start Wednesday as the first batch of little pioneers reported for classes.
About half of some 450 kindergartners arrived on the first day of school, and the other half arrives today in a staggered start to the year for the youngsters, according to Kindergarten Coordinator Donna Coderre, principal of Leo Savoie Elementary School.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Feeding the poor: They call it Godâ€™s work at The River United Methodist Church on Federal Street.
Theyâ€™ve been doing it for years, but now theyâ€™ll be forced to do it without an essential ingredient: electricity.
National Grid cut power to The River Tuesday because the struggling church has fallen into arrears on its bill by almost $1,000, according to Pastor Rebecca Lambert.
â€śWe serve a hurtinâ€™ community,â€ť said Lambert. â€śWhen we have a choice between turning on the lights and feeding the community weâ€™ll be feeding the community first.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary is seeking donations to rehabilitate a cat that was found trapped in a dumpster on Welles Street about two weeks ago.
Deb Adam, the director of the nonprofit feline rescue agency, said she believes the cat had been neglected for some time before it was deliberately placed in the trash bin and left for dead. The animal was found by some neighbors who heard a banging noise coming from inside the dumpster, looked in and discovered the cat.
BELLINGHAM â€“ When Denis Auger and Mickey Emery got the idea to help disabled veterans with a cookout at Augerâ€™s Lake Hiawatha home 11 years ago, they counted on the help of the friends and area veterans to put the event together and make it happen.
Emery died in 2010, but the annual event benefitting disabled veterans from the Brockton VA Hospital and other residences was on again at Augerâ€™s home on Saturday thanks to the help of Emeryâ€™s wife, Liz; Augerâ€™s daughter, Nicole Auger-Gassett; and a battalion of volunteers from area veteran organizations.
A pot simmers on the stove inside the kitchen of the two-story colonial when Brother Alan Aubin is summoned from his chair at the dinner table by the unusually shrill clang of an old-fashioned doorbell.
A slight man with a dollop of silvery hair lopped across his forehead, Aubin opens the back door and quietly acknowledges the visitor, handing the stocky man in blue jeans a couple of sandwiches and a canned drink. Itâ€™s a transaction that lasts just a few seconds from start to finish, and it takes place with few words, uttered in hushed tones.
WOONSOCKET - Robert T. Kulik, the executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, and the agency's board of commissioners, reached a severance agreement Thursday.
The deal ends Kulik's employment with the WHA, effective Monday, but it allows him to collect his pay until the end of the year and includes his work vehicle as part of the package, according to Joseph Rodio, the WHA's legal counsel.
The salary amounts to $38,819.34, doled out in weekly installments of 2,156.63 starting Sept. 4.