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MacDonald tapped as town’s new finance director

February 6, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — 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.
“Brenda has served the town well and will provide oversight of all financial departments, including tax collector, assessor, payroll, human resources and accounts payable,” Hamilton said.

Lowe’s relocating to North Smithfield Feb. 15

February 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The city’s loss will be North Smithfield’s gain as Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse trades in its Diamond Hill Road store for a newer model in the neighboring town’s burgeoning Dowling Village retail center next week.
The latest blow the city’s main retail strip officially takes place on Feb. 13, when Lowe’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 Lowe’s.

Commercial Block closed for code violations

February 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The few merchants left in Main Street’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.

BLIZZARD BABY -- Becca born 35 years ago today

February 6, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of ’78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the storm’s incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, it’s also the 35th birthday of Guilbault’s daughter, Rebecca.
As the storm’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.

2 Valley Reps look to protect businesses

February 6, 2013

PROVIDENCE — 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 – and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored — 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.

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launched a new mass emergency notification system designed to alert residents of public safety threats, parking bans,...

 

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