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June 29th

Developer Fernandes renews St. Francis House plan

June 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A new application to convert stately St. Francis House into apartments has been filed by the same developer who already has a $3 million lawsuit pending against the city in a dispute over his rights to the property.
Gary Fernandes wants permission from the Zoning Board of Review to convert the former assisted living center into 18 apartments, 10 more than he is currently allowed.

C.F. man burned in Lincoln garage fire

June 29, 2012

LINCOLN – A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.

Split school board vote allows panel to oust leaders

June 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A power struggle simmering between members of the School Committee erupted into a public debate Wednesday night as the panel, on a 3-2 split, voted to approve a bylaw change allowing removal of a sitting chair or vice chair of the panel by a majority vote of the members.
The resolution, introduced by School Committeeman John Donlon and supported by members Vimala Phongsavanh and Eleanor Nadeau, requires two passages by the panel to take effect.

Read more in our print edition.

Budget Commission hire Smithfield town solicitor as legal counsel

June 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state-appointed Budget Commission has hired Smithfield Town Solicitor Edmund L. Alves Jr. as its staff legal counsel.
Alves will be paid $175 per hour, minus a 15 percent discount the state has imposed on many of its employees. Though the budget commission was seated by the state, Woonsocket is responsible for Alves’ fees.

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June 27th

Panel awards sewer plant contract

June 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Budget Commission last night awarded a Denver, Colo.-based company a contract to build a new $36.6 million wastewater treatment plant designed to comply with more restrictive anti-pollution regulations.
CH2M Hill was one of three bidders for the project, including United Water and Veolia Inc., the current operator of the regional plant on Cumberland Hill Road.

Honoring honor

June 27, 2012

Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.

Council OKs $129 million city budget

June 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The City Council approved a proposed $129 million city budget plan early Tuesday morning but not before engaging in a pitched debate over a projected $6,375 savings for keeping the River Island Park ice rink closed next winter.
The ice rink's operation was ultimately retained in the 2012-13 spending plan but will now have to survive the state-appointed Budget Commission's final action on the city's budget in the coming days.

June 26th

Five challengers throw hat into General Assembly ring

June 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET — As the declaration period winds down today, five challengers have surfaced to run against incumbent lawmakers, with most targeting House members involved in the controversial sinking of the supplemental tax bill two weeks ago.
Stuart Gitlow, a psychiatrist from the North End, Michael Morin, a Woonsocket firefighter, and Michael Moniz, have all taken out papers to run against incumbent State Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49).

Read more in our print edition.

Summer Reading

June 26, 2012

Ten-year-old Ansley Girard of Woonsocket, reads her Pokemon book in a comfortable perch in a window sill at the Woonsocket YMCA Tuesday.

Lightning ignites house fire; dog dies

June 26, 2012

LINCOLN – A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
“The Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,” Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.

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