Archive - Feb 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE â€” It was right around Thanksgiving when Woonsocket High senior Kaylnn â€śK.K.â€ť Pitts placed all her cards on the table.
â€śI want to win the [indoor] state championship in the high jump,â€ť is what Pitts set out to obtain, the quote appearing in this very newspaper on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The teenagerâ€™s day of reckoning came Saturday afternoon at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house, site of the R.I. Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Pitts made good on her promise, capturing the high jump crown with a â€śsudden deathâ€ť leap of five feet, four inches.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tommy Brien is livid. So are Dave Jarrett and the other volunteers in Woonsocket who run youth and recreational leagues and use the cityâ€™s parks and fields.
Brien reported on Thursday night that on the agenda of Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting is a proposal to establish fees for those who participate in the recreational programs that utilize the cityâ€™s facilities -- charges that could severely cripple the budgets of some of the cityâ€™s leagues.
BELLINGHAM â€” Election season in Bellingham is officially under way.
Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian has posted the calendar for the 2013 town election season. Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk's office; the last day to obtain papers is March 7.
Candidates must return papers with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters by March 26 to make it onto the ballot. The annual town election is slated Tuesday, May 7.
WOONSOCKET â€“ With elderly homeowners bracing for a big tax hit as the city addresses its long-term structural deficit, Council President John Ward is offering some legislative help to soften the blow.
Ward is proposing a measure that would simultaneously relax eligibility requirements for the senior citizens property tax exemption while making the benefit more generous.
In recent years, the senior exemption has grown so antiquated that a paltry 19 property owners are currently taking advantage of it, according to the tax assessorâ€™s office.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Woonsocket lawmakers â€” Rep. Robert Phillips and Sen. Marc Cote â€” want to offer a six-year tax break for businesses that come to or start up in Rhode Island and hire at least two people.
A new company, Phillips told The Call Thursday, would get a 50 percent reduction in its corporate tax for each of the first three years it is in business and a 25 percent reduction for the next three years.