Archive - Mar 2013 - News Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ If youâ€™re thinking about getting lost anytime soon, youâ€™ll probably have better luck in another town.
The North Smithfield Police Department has just sworn in Joery, a police dog whose many talents include scent-tracking missing humans. And â€“ oh yeah, donâ€™t even think about running away from the cops, because if Joeryâ€™s snout isnâ€™t enough to rein you in, the teeth may come into play.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Department is weighing new programs to help at-risk students prepare for graduation, but School Committeeman Christopher Roberts believes local parents should also have a role in that process.
Roberts wants statistics on school attendance for at-risk students included in an upcoming committee review into what steps could be taken to improve at-risk studentsâ€™ chances of complying with new state graduation requirements.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The "Big Bellies" are coming to Burrillville.
Visitors to Spring Lake Beach, Hauser Memorial Field and other outdoor public spaces in town should get a glimpse this summer of Burrillville's first solar-powered trash cans. The town is planning to install "BigBelly" solar-powered waste and recycling stations at five locations in town as part of a pilot program to encourage public space recycling.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Neil Lanctot is coming home to give a talk about baseball great Roy Campanella at the Museum of Work & Culture on Sunday. But he wonâ€™t be thinking just about the major leagues or his work as a published author.
Lanctot, son of the late Mayor Francis L. and Claire Lanctot, will also be thinking about his native city and how growing up here gave him interests that led to his success as both a college professor and writer.
The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with refreshments.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee is set to consider a proposed school budget for 2013-14 that is roughly equal to its current spending of $67 million and, for the moment, absent of dramatic changes in programs and staffing.
The panel will take up a draft version of the budget being worked out by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan and the school departmentâ€™s interim Finance Director Ralph Malafronte at its regular meeting Wednesday in the Hamlet Middle School building.
Sheila Loureiro, whose mother, Jeanette Barry, 91, died in a fire here on January 22, 2013, looks through a photo album she salvaged from the debris as her childhood home is demolished on 107 Boulevard Ave. in Lincoln Thursday.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€” A consulting team assembled by the Providence law firm of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West has been hired to evaluate the cityâ€™s plans for replacing the antiquated Charles Hamman Water Treatment Plant on Manville Road.
The Budget Commission accepted the firmâ€™s $23,500 offer to review the plans on a unanimous vote earlier this week. Lawyer Teno West, the team leader, told members in a letter the job would be done no later than April 30.
WOONSOCKET â€” On a split vote, the Budget Commission has approved new contracts with Bellingham, Blackstone and North Smithfield that compel those communities to pay the city millions in â€śhost feesâ€ť for using the Woonsocket Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The fees, which amount to more than $6.2 million over 20 years, mark the first time the city has taken money from outside ratepayers that will be deposited into the cityâ€™s general fund instead of a
self-sustaining, ratepayer-generated fund that supports all other wastewater operations.
Connie Anderson applies a fresh coat of paint to a space that will be the new home for the recently established Arts Guild of Woonsocket, expected to open at the beginning of April. The space is located inside Le Moulin, a crafters gallery and marketplace at 68 South Main St. in Woonsocket. Anderson, owner of the nearby Stage Right Studio for Arts and Wellness, came up with the idea for the Guild while serving as a member of the Main Street Livability Plan Steering Committee as part of its mission to create a more lively and vibrant downtown city zone.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) geologists are in town this week to conduct new surveying, drilling and soil testing of the Stamina Mill Superfund site in Forestdale and determine whether volatile organic compounds still exist in soil above the water table.
The government geologists will be focusing their efforts on an area that has undergone soil vapor extraction and treatment for the past several years.