Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
BLACKSTONE â€” Town cable access technician and operator Paul Jacob says it's now easier than ever to stay informed when it comes to municipal government proceedings in Blackstone.
The town has unveiled a new streaming and on-demand video service that is operational on the Blackstone municipal government web site at www.townofblackstone.org.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police arrested two Woonsocket High School students on charges of possession of marijuana after investigating a report of smoking in a bathroom of the nearby Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center on Thursday.
Nicholas Caterino, 18, was charged with possession of marijuana, a first offense, after Patrolman Michael Theroux, a police department school resource officer, found him in possession of a bag of marijuana and a bong during an investigation of the incident at the school, according to police.
BELLINGHAM â€” Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian says the 2013 town census is beginning and census forms are being mailed to the 6,000 households in Bellingham beginning this month.
In most cases, verification of current information is all that will be needed. Simple instructions are included for making any changes, corrections, additions or deletions. If any resident does not receive a form or has any questions, they are asked to contact the Town Clerkâ€™s office at (508) 657-2830.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Yes, watching smoke billowing from the ceiling of the family business can be a frightening thing, but when fire forced Liberty Market to close last month, no one seemed more annoyed than his customers, says Jamil Sheikh.
Whether they were looking for a quart of milk or a can of soup, â€śA lot of people were telling me it was too far to go someplace else to get things,â€ť says Sheikh.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The police department will utilize a new communications service that allows police personnel to send important, valuable community information directly to residents.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows police to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixleâ€™s web site at www.nixle.com.
PROVIDENCE â€” A bill to legitimize same sex marriage, which both its sponsor and its most vehement opponent agreed was, â€śThe most important piece of legislation (the House) will ever considerâ€ť passed the House of Representative on a 51-19 vote Thursday.
When Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay man to be elected Speaker of the House, banged his gavel after the vote and declared â€śthe act prevails,â€ť there were loud cheers, a standing ovation in the spectator galleries and sustained whooping and clapping that lasted for several minutes before Fox banged his gavel again to adjourn the session.
WOONSOCKET â€” While so much public attention has been focused on the fiscal turmoil of the public school system, its private, Catholic counterpart is marking 40 years with stable enrollments and tight but sustainable budgets.
â€śWeâ€™re holding our own,â€ť said Larry Poitras, principal of Good Shepherd School, which, along with Monsignor Gadoury School, make up the Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System. â€śUnless the economy tanks again, I see growth.â€ť
State and local officials urged residents to take precautions as dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills were forecast for the region through the weekend.
They also advised those at risk of exposure to take shelter at warming centers, including the Woonsocket Senior Center, 84 Social St. The site is open from 1-4 p.m. daily through Friday.
â€śDress warmly, in layers, even if you are making a short trip to the mailbox,â€ť advised Woonsocket Emergency Management Director Gary Lataille.
Other tips for dealing with the cold include:
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite charges of creating a monopoly, the City Council Tuesday granted preliminary passage to an ordinance capping the number of pawn shop licenses in the city to two, both of which are already held by Daniel Baldelli, operator of the Gold Loan Company.
The panel voted 5-2 in favor of the measure, over the objections of City Council President John Ward and Vice President Daniel Gendron.
Woonsocket police officer Jesse Nunnemacher is bundled up against the cold as he works a detail at the corner of Clinton and Cumberland streets in the city Tuesday. The Arctic cold is expected to last throughout this week, with snow forecast for Friday.