Archive - Feb 6, 2013 - News Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The town has appointed a new finance director to replace Brian Silvia, who left in September to be finance director in West Warwick.
Brenda MacDonald, the town's assistant finance director, has now taken the reins as North Smithfield's new finance chief, according to Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton.
â€śBrenda has served the town well and will provide oversight of all financial departments, including tax collector, assessor, payroll, human resources and accounts payable,â€ť Hamilton said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The cityâ€™s loss will be North Smithfieldâ€™s gain as Loweâ€™s Home Improvement Warehouse trades in its Diamond Hill Road store for a newer model in the neighboring townâ€™s burgeoning Dowling Village retail center next week.
The latest blow the cityâ€™s main retail strip officially takes place on Feb. 13, when Loweâ€™s will close the local store. The Dowling Village site will open for the first time two days later, said Natalie Turner, a spokeswoman for Loweâ€™s.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The few merchants left in Main Streetâ€™s prominent Commercial Block have been temporarily forced to close after city officials declared the building unsafe Monday.
Building Inspector Chris Chianese cited the owner, Stamatos Properties of Jamaica Plain, Mass., for failure to provide an approved heating system for the ground floor tenants.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of â€™78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâ€™s incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâ€™s also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâ€™s daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâ€™s heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
PROVIDENCE â€” With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs â€“ and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored â€” as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.