Archive - Jul 9, 2013 - News Article
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The state Department of Health is expected to allow the reopening of Spring Lake Beach today while continuing to monitor a total of 92 cases of gastrointestinal illness believed to be caused by a person ill with diarrhea while swimming at the beach on July 4.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Matt Moylan needed a game plan.
As fundraising chairman for the Woonsocket Main Street Block Party, he faced the daunting task of quickly raising $50,000 from individuals, small merchants and larger corporations to underwrite the bash.
In a city where the pool of potential donors has nearly been tapped out, Moylan knew it would be a challenge. But the solution turned out to be as plain as 140 light poles â€“ the decorative ones on Main Street.
A handmade banner bearing the portrait of the late Pope John Paul II hangs above the counter at the Krakow Deli in Woonsocket, a gift Marta Samek received from her brother who brought it back from Poland 25 years ago.
â€śIsnâ€™t it beautiful?â€ť asked Samek who manages the family-owned deli along with another brother, Kristian Przybyko, and father, JĂłzef.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Advocates for the poor are casting a wary eye across the border as the Massachusetts legislature backed a requirement for photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards used by welfare recipients, but others say Rhode Island should follow suit.
â€śI would be a hundred percent in favor of that,â€ť said Terrence Gorman of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Enforcement, who contends the stateâ€™s welfare benefits are a magnet for illegal aliens.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission voted 4-0on Monday afternoon to implement the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, acting on the authority provided by state lawmakers.
The supplemental bills for fiscal 2013 are due to be issued retroactively on July 26, raising an extra 18.7 percent on motor vehicles and 4.7 percent on real estate, excluding single-family homes and condos.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A policeman was nearly run over during a brief but wild motor vehicle chase that ended in the arrests of three men, including one who was subdued with a stun gun.
The episode began with a report of a confrontation among patrons who were exiting a bar on Arnold Street shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. Initial reports led police to believe that the participants might be carrying firearms, but those reports turned out to be unfounded.