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July 8th, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Woonsocket fire under investigation

July 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET — Quick action by local firefighters put out a fire at 95 Bernice Ave. Wednesday evening.

The fire, reported at approximately 9:15 p.m., is believed to have started in the basement, fire officials at the scene said. The incident remained under investigation Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported.

State, mayor, councilors to talk out tax levy differences today

July 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The saga of when the city’s tax bills will be mailed continued on Wednesday after a planned meeting with state Department of Revenue officials was put off until today.

July 7th

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Mike Roncarati’s love of physical training took him to top of the sports world

July 7, 2015

In his capacity as strength and conditioning coach for the Golden State Warriors, Mike Roncarati was privy to one of the best seats in the area to watch the best NBA team in 2014-15.

For roughly 2.5 hours each game night, the 27-year-old Roncarati considered himself no different than a paying customer. There’s just one major difference: They aren’t taking a seat behind the Golden State bench and next to the assistant coaches who are responsible for tracking plays.

Stadium Theatre pitches Monument Square traffic makeover

July 7, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Here’s something you don’t see every day: A non-profit organization financing traffic safety improvements at a major public thoroughfare.

It’s happening at Monument Square, courtesy of the Stadium Theatre, whose director says the project is a must-do for the safety of patrons, children in its educational programs, and students at the Beacon Charter School for the Arts, across the street.

For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.

Soly edges Thibault in North Smithfield Town Council vote

July 7, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A special election to fill a vacant council seat in early July doesn’t draw big lines at the voting booth as the contest between Anthony L. Soly and Linda B. Thibault showed on Tuesday.

Just over 820 voters turned out to elect Soly, a political newcomer, over Thibault, a former Town Administrator and Town Council member, by a tally of 461 to 367, in the two-way race for the seat held by the late Ernest A. Alter.

For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.



Little League Baseball | Lincoln has no trouble with Cumberland American in District IV opener

July 7, 2015

LINCOLN – Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.

The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).

While he was impressed with his team’s performance in its District IV Major Division opener against Cumberland American on Monday night – a five-inning, 14-1 mercy-rule rout at Hien Field – he’s prepared for a tough journey ahead, knowing full well there are several squads capable of doing some damage this all-star season.

July 6th

City tax bill mailing placed on hold

July 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Who runs the city?

That seemed to be the question – still unanswered – as members of the City Council met for the first time last night since ordering Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt last Thursday not to mail out tax bills that reflect a higher increase in the tax levy than the one they approved as part of a $135 million, 2016 budget – twice.

As the unusual power struggle between the executive and legislative branch ratcheted up yet another notch, Councilman Dan Gendron pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to prevent the mayor from “steamrolling” over the council’s authority.

Little League Baseball | No fluke: Belisle's words still powerful one year later

July 6, 2015


CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.

July 5th

BREAKING NEWS: Man drowns at Lincoln Woods

July 5, 2015

LINCOLN — Divers and emergency personnel pulled up what they believed was the body of a man reported missing at Olney Pond, at Lincoln Woods State Park, Sunday evening.

Officials confirmed a search was underway for an unidentified 18-year-old man, but would not confirm any details before pulling the man out shortly before 9:30 p.m.

A diver found the man's body near the rope line used to restrict how far swimmers can go from the beach, officials said at the scene.

Road Racing | Master of the Mills: Jack Thornhill runs his 44th consecutive Arnold Mills Race

July 5, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.

“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.

At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.

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