Archive - 2011 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â€” The Town Council has authorized Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a three-year energy contract with Direct Energy, which is offering Cumberland and other cities and towns participating in the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns' municipal energy aggregation program far cheaper electricity prices than they are now paying under an existing contract.
The league's current contract with Nextra Energy expires Dec. 31. Connecticut-based Direct Energy has been selected to supply electricity under the league's aggregation initiative.
Li'l General Store, located on Winter Street in Woonsocket, will host its first open house to benefit the Milk Fund next Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle will be held as well as a visit from Santa Claus at noon. Pictures with Santa can be purchased for $5 from 12-3 with all proceeds benefitting the Milk Fund. Pictured getting ready for all the fun are, from left, cashiers Sara Segal and Bethany Carreiro, store owner Julie Fredette, and deli workers Jennifer Vazquez and Cheryl Fleming.
WOONSOCKET â€” Local police working in conjunction with police from Milford, Mass. arrested two city men on charges related to an alleged robbery and assault case said to have begun in the city on Sunday and continued later in Milford, according to Woonsocket Lt. Eugene Jalette, department spokesman.
Myles Mackenzie, 19, of 220 Village Road, was arrested on Tuesday after police were contacted by Milford Det. Jay Ball regarding the assault of a 24-year-old Milford man in that community, Jalette said.
WOONSOCKET â€” It appears city officials will have to wait until Monday's meeting of the City Council to get the bottom line of Fiscal Year 2011.
The city's auditing firm, Braver, PC, is still working with School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby on final accounting reports for the budget ending June 30, 2011, and hopes to have completed the documation work for an initial report on Monday, City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III said Thursday.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Providence man was charged with assaulting a local police officer after police responded to a domestic assault complaint at the CT Plus convenience store at 11 Hamlet Ave. Tuesday.
A female victim called police to the location at 3:04 p.m. after taking shelter from her boyfriend inside the store. Patrolman John E. Raymond, responding with Lt. Edward J. Doura Jr. and other officers, found the woman at the store and determined a domestic assault had occured.
WOONSOCKET â€” An old textile mill on Mendon Road was briefly transformed yesterday into a busy shipping zone for one of the stateâ€™s largest holiday toy drops for the needy.
The floor of the Bonin Spinning plant was jammed with pallets stacked high with cardboard boxes filled with new action figures, dolls and games donated by Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro Inc.
WARWICK â€” Crimes are bound to occur and people will inevitably be arrested for committing criminal acts. But what happens to those convicted of crimes when they have met the terms of the prison sentences a judge has given them?
That question was the focus of a summit of government and community leaders at the Crown Plaza Hotel Tuesday that aired concerns over public safety and the rights of released prison inmates to restart their lives in the community.
WOONSOCKET â€” Buoyed by a positive financial forecast, the city is ready to restore one of the first and most controversial casualties of the recession â€” streetlights.
With the support of Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, Councilman William Schneck will introduce a measure during his last meeting Monday calling on National Grid to reactivate about 1,200 streetlights that were shut off at the cityâ€™s request in March 2010.
PROVIDENCE â€” Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, visited Olneyville Monday to tour four tenement houses refurbished under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and to tout a proposed successor program, Project Rebuild, that is part of President Barack Obamaâ€™s American Jobs Act.
Jessica Bliss and her daughter, Gabriella, 4, of Cumberland, shop for bead bracelets Saturday at Tranquil Gardens on Mendon Road in Cumberland. Yesterday was known nationally as Shop Local Saturday â€” to offset the frenzy of shoppers who frequented the â€˜big boxâ€™ chain stores on Black Friday.