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October 20th

New gallery focuses on art of multimedia collaboration

October 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Working in the world of European fashion design, Tina Melo-Kufner knows all about the importance of predicting trends. Yet, many artists can be so engrossed in their respective craft that they don’t pay attention to what consumers, and particularly the fashionistas, are clamoring for. Putting those two worlds together is the philosophy behind Melo-Kufner’s latest business venture, Melo International.

City firefighters don pink for fight against breast cancer

October 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Fire Capt. Michael Morin is no stranger to breast cancer. He lost his sister, Jane Houle, to the disease in 1997, when she was just 41 years old.

This month, Morin and other city firefighters are supporting cancer research by wearing pink shirts in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Morin said local firefighters are participating in The Rhode Island Pink Heals tour, which has once again teamed up with firefighters throughout the state to wear pink T-shirts while on duty to support the women of Rhode Island with all types of cancer.

October 19th

Tag a tree

October 19, 2013

UXBRIDGE – While Christmas is still two months away, local Christmas tree growers are already busy gearing up for the start of the retail pick-and-cut season that officially begins the Friday after Thanksgiving.
At Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, owners David and Vicki Morin are reporting healthy trees for the 2013 cut-your-own Christmas tree season with Fraser and Concolor fir trees up to 8 feet tall.

October 17th

Report rips Raimondo’s job performance

October 17, 2013

NORTH PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s much-vaunted pension reform law amounts to a “Wall Street wealth transfer scheme” that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo knowingly participated in, according to the author of a report commissioned by the state’s largest public employee union and written by an acknowledged foe of hedge funds who has feuded with Raimondo for much of this year.

Budget panel: FY 13 surplus totals $2.36M

October 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As promised, the Budget Commission released a much sought-after report yesterday preliminarily indicating that the city finished fiscal year 2013 on June 30 with a combined $2.36 million operating surplus for the city and its Education Department.

It may sound rosier than it is, since the city projected finishing the fiscal year with a cumulative multi-year deficit of $6.4 million. Thanks to the better-than-expected performance in the one-year operating position, that cumulative deficit is about a third smaller, but it still stands at an imposing $4.046 million.

AG sues city for access to records

October 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET — State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against the city for violating the Access to Open Records Act over a lawyer’s 2012 request for paperwork associated with the proposed water treatment plant.

The lawsuit accuses the city of two violations stemming from lawyer Michael Kelly’s December 2012 request for documents. One alleges that the city failed to answer the request within the minimum time frame allowed by law, the other that the city didn’t provide one specific document – the sales agreement for land on which the plant is to be built – at all.

AG sues Woonsocket over APRA violations

October 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against the city for violating the Access to Public Records Act over a lawyer’s 2012 request for paperwork associated with the proposed water treatment plant.
The lawsuit accuses the city of two violations stemming from lawyer Michael Kelly’s December 2012 request for documents. One alleges that the city failed to answer the request within the minimum time frame allowed by law, the other that the city didn’t provide one specific document – the sales agreement for land on which the plant is to be built – at all.

October 16th

Cumberland seeking to strike gushers... to boost water supply

October 16, 2013

CUMBERLAND – A town consulting firm was getting good initial results Tuesday while conducting water well testing at the Schofield Farm property as part of its search for a potential future town well field.

Of course, the town is also looking at several other town sites as potential public water supplies, and town Water Superintendent Chris Champi said the review is only the start of a process that could take up to three years before a new well supply is connected to the town’s water system.

Woonsocket schools seeing surprise surplus

October 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Already the subject of an open records lawsuit, Education Department financial data indicating that the city experienced a surprise multi-million-dollar surplus in 2013 could be released publicly by the Budget Commission as early as today.

“That’s what we’re aiming for,” said Acting Chairwoman Dina Dutremble.
Neither Dutremble nor Commissioner John Ward, City Council president, would provide specifics about the size of the surplus or other details. But sources close to the commission who asked not to be identified said the net surplus would be about $2 million.

October 15th

Cumberland officials could adopt park plan

October 15, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council will consider a resolution adopting an updated master plan for Diamond Hill Park tonight.
The 375-acre Diamond Hill Park on Diamond Hill Road is a multi-use facility that includes several athletic fields, a band shell overlooking a pond and numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. For the past 10 years or so, the town has been trying to come up with ways to improve the park.

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