Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď It‚Äôs time for the public to weigh in on Steward Health Care System‚Äôs offer to buy Landmark Medical Center.
The two state agencies in charge of approving the sale have announced that they have begun accepting written comments on the proposal.
In a joint statement, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and David Fine, director of the state Department of Health, said an open hearing has also been scheduled for the purpose of disseminating information about the proposed sale and gathering feedback on it from interested parties.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ When Evo ‚ÄúCurly‚ÄĚ Donnini christened it ‚ÄúHampton Court‚ÄĚ in 1972, the upper deck of his famous Ciro‚Äôs Restaurant was already in a time warp ‚ÄĒ in a good way.
The late founder of Ciro‚Äôs envisioned Hampton Court as a sort of Tudor-inspired rendition of a medieval, English castle, circa King Edward III, and he spared no expense in getting the details right. He covered the walls with lavish, oak paneling imported from England, hung hand-crafted chandeliers from the ceiling and plunked French crystal on the tables beside sterling silver dinner utensils.
Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚Äď A 68-year-old female pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a car in the parking lot of the Slatersville post office Thursday, police said.
Marie Lessard, of 43 Warwick St., Woonsocket, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries police said were not life-threatening.
A car operated by Christopher Koney, 61, of Georgianna Drive, struck Lessard outside the post office, located at 15 Main St., at 2:38 p.m. Police said Lessard was walking through the parking lot when Koney struck her as he was backing out of a parking space.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Losing the Michigan primary would strip the last of the varnish off the image of Mitt Romney as the inevitable GOP presidential nominee and commit him to the long march he says he's in shape for.
A victory by rival Rick Santorum on Tuesday would be a public-relations nightmare for Romney, who was born and raised in Michigan. But Romney's campaign still would carry on with more money than any candidate and remain better organized to compete to the end.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The city has received a $100,000 grant to develop a plan to make Main Street a more inviting, robust place to live, work and shop.
The ‚ÄúMain Street Livability Plan‚ÄĚ is intended to pump new vitality into the area with streetscape improvements, innovative zoning, a traffic flow study and additional parking, according to City Planner Jennifer Siciliano.
During the annual R.I. Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center Friday, Joe Mack, left, of Earth & Water Landscapes of Lincoln, and Craig Marciniak, of Tranquil Water Gardens of Cumberland, look over their collaborative garden called "Garden of Hope," created in partnership with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In the foreground are the many memorial ribbons that visitors have created. The flower show runs through Sunday.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,‚ÄĚ Chafee said. ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs hope those May numbers continue the positive trend they‚Äôre on.‚ÄĚ