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July 28th

CumberlandFest just around the corner

July 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.

July 26th

City inks $6.5 million deal with Synagro

July 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Synagro Technologies Inc.’s plan for a $10 million heat-to-energy cogeneration facility took a giant leap forward yesterday after the Budget Commission approved a $6.5 million deal on taxes for the new construction.
The cash, to be parceled out over 20 years, isn’t the only perk in the works for the struggling city. There’s cheap electricity in the deal, too, and it’s “green,” to boot.

Read more in our print edition.

July 25th

Poll: Blue Cross would be blamed if sale falls through

July 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — If the sale of Landmark Medical Center falls through, most Rhode Islanders would blame Blue Cross, a new poll suggests.
The poll, conducted by Marttila Strategies of Boston, was commissioned by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Landmark Medical Center, and Steward Health Care, the for-profit chain that wants to buy Landmark.

Residents to weigh in on fire merger

July 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Residents will get the opportunity on Aug. 7 to offer input on a proposed plan to consolidate the town's fire services as a single municipal public safety department that would not only include the town's four independent fire districts, but emergency medical service and police as well.

July 24th

Vote stalls St. Francis House expansion

July 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The Zoning Board of Review voted 3-2 in support of a proposed expansion of residential use at the former St. Francis House at 167 Blackstone St., but not by a large enough majority to approve developer Gary Fernandes' request for more units.
The five zoners rendering the decision would have had to vote at least 4-1 in favor to grant approval under zoning board rules.

Judge lifts freeze on Landmark lawsuit

July 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge yesterday granted Landmark Medical Center’s motion to lift a freeze on its lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving it to death with illegally stingy reimbursements — but he stopped short of letting the suit go forward.
After a contentious, three-hour hearing, Judge Michael Silverstein ordered Landmark and Blue Cross for written briefs and said he would decide whether the suit has any merit on Aug. 30.

Councilman Moreau discharged from hospital

July 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Councilman Robert Moreau was hospitalized for 38 days after a bout with kidney cancer turned unexpectedly life-threatening.
Moreau, 50, who was recently discharged, said he may be well enough to attend the next meeting of the council on Aug. 6.

Read more in our print edition.

Frank Beazley, advocate for disabled, dies at 83

July 24, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Frank Beazley, a Rhode Island artist and advocate for the disabled, has died. He was 83.
Beazley died Sunday at Zambarano Hospital, where he had lived for more than 45 years since he was paralyzed in a fall.

Read more in our print edition.

July 22nd

Fire at Chateau Clare displaces 30

July 22, 2012

Woonsocket firefighters sift through the rubble in Room 209 at Chateau Clare on Park Avenue in Woonsocket Sunday morning where a fire was reported. Roughly 30 residents were evacuated and asked to go to St. James Parish Hall across the street to await further
instructions. Mary Sene, a resident who suffers from COPD, was taken to Landmark Medical Center to be treated for difficulty breathing. Firefighters knocked down the wall to her apartment while battling the blaze, which is believed to have started around 5:30 a.m., according to a witness. The Red Cross was on scene to assist.

Crash claims life of Warwick woman

July 22, 2012

BELLINGHAM — A 30-year-old Warwick woman was killed and her passenger — a 31-year-old Harrisville man —was seriously injured following a car crash early Sunday.
Emergency crews from Bellingham and Woonsocket were called to the scene on Paine Street at about 1:30 a.m., according to WPRI-TV.
The driver, Jessie Crum, and her passenger, Joshua Champagne, were trapped inside an SUV that had rolled over into a tree in front of the New England Country Club in Bellingham. They were eventually cut free by the Jaws of Life, WPRI reported.

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