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Archive - May 25, 2013

Senior center to trigger debate at Town Meeting (Wednesday)

May 25, 2013

BLACKSTONE – At least two members of the Board of Selectmen say they are prepared to buck the Finance Committee’s recommendation and make a case on Town Meeting floor for why voters should approve $75,000 to fund a feasibility study for a new senior center.
Expressing the most discontent is Selectman Paul S. Haughey, who chastised the FinCom earlier this week, saying the board’s decision to not recommend passage of the senior center article is an injustice to the town’s senior citizens.

Summer jobs for your teens are few and far between

May 25, 2013

The end of school is near, and there’s no time like the present for teenagers to try to find that summer job.
Lining up work with a private business is one way for teens to fill their free hours but that may not be an easy task given the area’s still-recovering economy.
There are also community-based jobs — funded through local governments, state agencies, or federal programs — that may still be available to interested job seekers.

Brassard rebuilds, peddles bikes in like-new condition

May 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Amid the smell of fresh rubber tires, sparks fly off the rusty interior of a chrome bicycle rim as Craig Brassard buffs off some metal burrs with a portable hand grinder that sounds like a kitchen blender.
“No guarantees,” he tells the owner of the vintage Schwinn 10-speed from which the rim came – he’d done the best he could to address the cause of his flat tire.

Woonsocket gets four new officers

May 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Four new recruits were sworn in as probationary patrol officers by the Woonsocket Police Department on Friday.
Officers Mark Castiglione, Taylor-Rae Monfils, Manuel Salema and Craig Thompson will immediately be assigned to the field training program, which lasts about 14 weeks, according to Police Chief Thomas Carey.

FBI: New England has more bank heists than other parts of U.S.

May 25, 2013

More than a dozen banks from Providence to Pawtucket have been robbed over the past five months, leaving some to wonder if bank robberies have reached epidemic proportions in the Blackstone Valley.
While it may seem like the valley is a hotspot for bank theft of late, Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBI’s Boston division, says the recent spate of robberies, which include Monday’s heists in North Providence and Cranston, and Thursday’s robbery in Pawtucket, are not an indication of an overall rise in the number of bank robberies in the state.

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