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January 21st, 2014
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Reversing rampant unemployment and turning Rhode Island‚Äôs woeful economy around have been the stated priorities of the state legislature for several years running, but businesses still can‚Äôt find employees qualified to do the work that needs to be done.
‚ÄúThe jobs and skills gap in Rhode Island is in crisis,‚ÄĚ Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed declared Tuesday, as she laid out the Senate‚Äôs ‚ÄúRhode to Work‚ÄĚ action plan to promote education and job training ‚Äúfor today‚Äôs unemployed and tomorrow‚Äôs workforce.
Read the full story in today's Call.
WOONSOCKET -- The polling places for today‚Äôs special primary election in House District 49
are: Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, 60 Florence Drive; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; and Fairmount Heights, 525 Second Avenue.
Polls close at 8 p.m.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: It‚Äôs got a nice ring to it, says Emma Dandy, chairwoman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Committee.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs our common task, to get this named Martin Luther King Boulevard,‚ÄĚ she told a crowd gathered for a memorial service at the King Memorial Garden on South Main Street yesterday.
Full story is available on page A1 of Tuesday's Call.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Don‚Äôt forget to vote in today‚Äôs Democratic primary for the House District 49 seat previously held by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.
Because the primary is limited to electors who live within the geographic boundaries of District 49, the only polling places open are four sites within the district.
They are Crepeau Court, 100 Front St.; John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.; Park View Manor, 218 Pond St.; and Fairmont Heights, 525 Second Ave.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., according to the Board of Canvassers.
In the early 1960s, Rev. Sammy C. Vaughan was a young seaman in the Navy when Dr. Martin Luther King marched on Washington and organized his nonviolent protests in Alabama at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement.
While Vaughan was unable to directly participate in those campaigns of civil resistance, he understood what was at stake and remembers vividly the sense of awe he felt for King and his nonviolent protests against racial segregation and economic injustice.
For full story, see today's Call and today's Times, page A1.
Frank and Tammy Irwin took a gamble on the city‚Äôs Main Street business district when they opened their Timeless Antiques & Collectibles store, back in March of 2012, and it appears they picked a winner.
Not only have the Irwins done well gathering and selling area memory pieces, traditional antique offerings, jewelry and nic knacks, they are also a growing business and an example of what could be possible for many other small business owners in the city one-time ‚Äėpremiere business district.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď It‚Äôs time to put a lawmaker from District 49 back in the House of Representatives again.
The special election to fill the seat previously held by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt gets under way on Tuesday.
Officially, it‚Äôs a Democratic primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the general election on Feb. 25.
There are three contestants in the race, Michael A. Morin, Douglas T. Brown and Mark L. Chenot.
Full story is available on Page 1 of Saturday's Call.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď It took police and child protective services spanning the nation, but 6-year-old Daniel Britt was found safe and sound Thursday after his mother, Andria Britt, turned herself into Washington state authorities.
‚ÄúI am really relieved and I‚Äôm happy that my son is safe,‚ÄĚ Daniel‚Äôs father, Sean Britt, said while appearing at a Woonsocket Police Department press conference announcing the happy ending to the worries over his son‚Äôs safety.
LINCOLN ‚Äď Gov. Lincoln Chafee‚Äôs budget proposal to lower the state‚Äôs corporate tax rate by a third ‚Äď from the current 9 percent to 6 percent ‚Äď if Congress allows states to start collecting sales tax on online purchases was enough to put a smile on the face of Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President John Gregory.
In fact, what Chafee proposes ‚Äúis a little more aggressive‚ÄĚ than even the business community‚Äôs. ‚ÄúWe thought of reducing it from 9 (percent) to 7 (percent), he did 9 to 6.
Daniel Britt, 6, the subject of an Amber Alert since Wednesday, has been located safely in Washington state tonight, Woonsocket police have confirmed.
He and his mother, Andria Britt, have not been seen since Jan. 3.
Andria Britt is in custody in Washington, said police.
The Amber Alert has been cancelled. Police have called a 10 p.m. news conference.
Further details as they become available.