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March 14th

Survey: Valley’s urban core highest in RI foreclosures

March 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Residential foreclosure deeds dropped 11.4 percent statewide in 2012, but Woonsocket, Central Falls and Pawtucket still have some of the highest foreclosure rates in the state, a new survey says.
The HousingWorks RI survey says 86 foreclosure deeds were filed in Woonsocket in 2012, nearly 20 percent fewer than 2011. But the rate of foreclosures represented 1.7 percent of the city’s overall housing stock, the third highest in the state and nearly double the statewide average.

March 13th

Lawmakers look to fix tax code quirk

March 13, 2013

LINCOLN – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. David Cicilline are teaming up to reverse what they say is a perverse incentive in the U.S. Tax Code that provides a tax break to companies that move American jobs to other countries.

A compromise within reach?

March 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Members of Woonsocket’s General Assembly delegation still aren’t fully committing to supporting the city Budget Commission’s request for a $2.5 million supplemental tax increase in the city, but there seems to be a consensus that a compromise is within reach that would allow the city to levy the additional assessment.

March 12th

Zoners let stand decision on St. Francis House that triggered $3 million suit

March 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Zoning Board of Review Monday let stand an earlier decision on developer Gary Fernandes’ plans for St. Francis House that resulted in a $3 million lawsuit against the city.
Superior Court Judge William Carnes remanded the case to the zoning board last fall to clarify the underlying “findings of fact” supporting the decision, and to address allegations of a conflict of interest involving member Allan Rivers, who opposed Fernandes’ plans

March 11th

Grass be gone: Cumberland to install turf at Tucker Field

March 11, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council last week approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a contract agreement with Birchwood Design Group, a Providence-based landscape architecture planning and design firm chosen by the town to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with synthetic turf as part of the Tucker Field Athletic Complex renovation project.

Woonsocket legislators take tax talk to back room of State House

March 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Members of the Budget Commission will meet privately with city lawmakers at the Statehouse today to discuss the commission’s request for enabling legislation to issue a supplemental tax bill.
Chairman William Sequino said the commission wants lawmakers to know the importance of acting quickly to approve a $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, but he is open to suggestions on how the money should be raised.
“As a body I would say yes to both questions,” Sequino said via e-mail. “We are open to suggestions and we would like speedy passage.”

March 9th

Lincoln swears in newest officer

March 9, 2013

LINCOLN — The police department has a new member and also, thanks to his prior career with Pawtucket police, an experienced one.
Patrolman Alvaro Herrera was sworn-in to his new role on Friday, just about a week after retiring from a 20-year career as patrol sergeant for the Pawtucket Police Department.
Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said it was somewhat unusual for a new department member to come aboard after retiring from another department but pointed out that, at 42, Herrera is certainly young enough for a second career.

School committee to vote on fate of Halliwell Elementary

March 9, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The School Committee could decide the fate of the Dr. Harry Halliwell Memorial Elementary School as early as its March 19 meeting when the panel meets to possibly vote on a plan of action to address the deteriorating school building.
The meeting comes two weeks after the committee hosted a special public meeting to give residents a chance to offer input on the recommendations proposed in a report by the School Buildings Task Force, which went to work three years ago to address school buildings needs, including options for the Halliwell school.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

March 9, 2013

Denise Blais and Marcel Bernier of Lincoln get advice on Atrium Replacement Windows from Cam Pepin of Pepin Lumber during the Buy Local Business Expo, held Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Woonsocket. This first-ever event was sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance.

Powder at CCRI-Lincoln deemed non-hazardous

March 9, 2013

LINCOLN (AP) — An envelope containing white powder sent to the Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln that forced a campus-wide evacuation has been found to be non-hazardous.
The college canceled classes at the Flanagan campus on Friday afternoon after a professor received an envelope containing an unknown substance. Campus officials notified the Lincoln police and fire departments.
The school said later the substance was found to be a sugar-based product. A sample is being sent to the state Department of Health for further testing.

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