Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Nothing says summer like sitting around the fire pit, sipping a cold brew and shooting off a bottle rocket or two.
But city homeowners who like a good backyard fire with their pyrotechnics should know there are specific rules and regulations when it comes to fireworks and fire pits.
According to Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille, fire pits and chimineas are legal in the city, as long as certain rules are followed.
â€śFire pits are legal to have and there is a city ordinance that outlines these rules and guidelines,â€ť says Lataille.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A large black bear was seen in the area of Old Oxford Road, Pound Hill Road and Stoney Drive at around 8 p.m. Friday, according to local police.
Residents are advised to use caution during outdoor events and are urged not to approach or attempt to feed the bear. Residents can call DEM at 401-222-3070 with any reports of sightings.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Just two days after Mayor Leo T. Fontaine excoriated them for dragging their feet, state regulators announced late Friday theyâ€™ve deemed Prime Healthcare Servicesâ€™ application to buy Landmark Medical Center complete.
Under the Hospital Conversions Act, the Office of the Attorney General (RIAG) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) now have up to 120 days to decide whether to allow the sale of the struggling hospital to go through.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In a milestone for its five-year solvency plan, the Budget Commission ratified collective bargaining agreements with five labor unions representing teachers, education paraprofessionals, City Hall workers, public works crews and others on Friday.
The mood was celebratory but restrained as the panel voted to approve agreements that represent millions of dollars in savings to the nearly-bankrupt city through 2017.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a â€śMad Scientistâ€ť amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earthâ€™s composition and the scientific method.
â€śCyclone Cindyâ€ť Brunelle captured the childrenâ€™s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
When Gov. Lincoln Chafee was touring storm-ravaged Glocester in the days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, liquor store owner Kevin Kitson had a chance to talk to him about business matters and one of the issues that came up was the stateâ€™s 7 percent sales tax on alcohol.
Kitson, longtime owner of Christyâ€™s Liquors in Chepachet, told Chafee that not only would eliminating the sales tax on alcohol put more money in his pocket, it would help him and other Rhode Island liquor store owners better compete with tax-free Massachusetts.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Pawtucket Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers wonâ€™t be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned â€śpitsâ€ť in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.
PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is calling on Gov. Lincoln Chafee to untangle the â€śinexcusableâ€ť red tape thatâ€™s knotting up the sale of Landmark Medical Center, which marks five years in receivership this week.
In a sharply worded letter, Fontaine reminded the governor that he stood in the lobby of Landmark in 2011 and promised to do everything in his power to save the struggling community hospital.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â€” New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.
Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away.