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March 14th, 2014
I have never really given much thought to exploring my family tree, mainly because it always seemed more like a family shrub than a tree.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt struck a tone of cautious optimism as she recapped her administrationâs accomplishments last night in a speech marking her first 100 days in office.
With the aid of Power Point visuals, Baldelli-Hunt embarked on a detailed, hour-long synopsis that covered a bit of old ground, but also contained a few surprises. Most controversially, perhaps, the mayor reaffirmed her commitment to all-day kindergarten and announced that she is ready to begin consolidating police and fire dispatching services in a move expected to save the city $630,000 a year.
WOONSOCKET â A 27-year-old city man is facing charges of child neglect after two small children were discovered wandering around Monument Square Tuesday morning without any adult supervision.
Justin R. Pomerleau of 28 Church St. was supposed to be watching them, but he didnât even realize the children were missing from his apartment until police showed up at the door with their photographs about 2 p.m.
That was almost seven hours after they were scooped up by a local shopkeeper who called the police.
BURRILLVILLE â Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy who celebrated his seventh birthday last week with the help of thousands of police officers and firefighters, is recovering from yet another surgery that took place on Monday, his mother has confirmed.
It was Tylerâs 47th surgery since being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia four years ago.
WOONSOCKET â Two members of the City Council, sworn in just three months ago, could be headed for a test of the cityâs voter recall provision as result of their support of the School Departmentâs full-day kindergarten proposal.
City Councilwoman Melissa Murray and Councilman Garrett Mancieri are the targets of the recall effort being mounted by a group of 10 city residents opposed to their position on the restoration of full-day kindergarten in local schools.
PROVIDENCE â Scores of advocates on both sides of the volatile abortion issue testified into the night Tuesday on a dozen different bills that sought to either restrict or liberalize the stateâs abortion laws.
Three of the bills were sponsored by local lawmakers.
A measure sponsored by state Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) would require a physician who is to perform an abortion to also perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman and offer to show her the ultrasound images and a medical description of those images.
WOONSOCKET â City planners have long viewed the historic commercial block as a key to rejuvenating Main Street, but the building could be condemned in 30 days if the owners fail to replace the roof.
Planning Director Joel Mathews said the ultimatum would be spelled out in a letter to be mailed today to Stamatos Property Management of Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Mathews said the state fire marshal has also given SPM 60 days to install a hard-wired fire alarm system, but the order is essentially moot unless the leaking, unstable roof is repaired first.
National Grid is working with police in North Smithfield and Burrillville to ensure the safety of the public during construction of the Rhode Island segment of the Interstate Reliability Project (IRP), a $200 million undertaking that kicks off this month to improve the regionâs electric transmission system.
PROVIDENCE â More than two months after her death, Emmanuel âMannyâ Algaria of Woonsocket was charged in District Court Monday with the murder of his girlfriend, Catherine Salvi.
Algaria, 22, had been facing felony assault charges after attacking Salvi in their apartment at 316 Manville Road on Dec. 13. State prosecutors withdrew that charge as they lodged a new count of murder against Algaria during a brief hearing before Magistrate Joseph Ippolito.
CUMBERLAND â Michael Iafrate will admit that he didnât give childhood leukemia much thought until it touched his own family. Iafrate knew about the illness and its impact on children, but like many people, didnât have a connection that would show him what such an illness can do to a family.
That is not until his niece, Anna Getner, 9, of Wilton, Conn., became ill with ALL leukemia late last year, and his family became involved in trying to get her the option of a bone marrow transplant if that becomes necessary.