Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â The chairman of the Cumberland Fire Districtâs Board of Commissioners Thursday said his board was slated to hold a closed-door meeting last night to discuss an ongoing State Police investigation into missing money from the Cumberland Fire District.
âWeâve got a lot to discuss,â said James N. Leonard. âWe still have to pay bills and there are things we need to iron out while all of this is going on.â
WOONSOCKET â A man died in a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged a four-family tenement near Landmark Medical Center early Wednesday morning.
Neighbors identified the victim as Jim Ferrio of 38-40 Dulude Ave. He was in his late 40s, they said.
Roland Desjarlais said Ferrio lived on the second floor with him and other members of the Desjarlais family. âWe took him in,â said Desjarlais, adding that Ferrio worked part-time with him in construction and a family trash-hauling business.
WOONSOCKET â The first day candidates could declare their intentions to seek local office in the upcoming city election drew enough interest for mayor to suggest a primary may be needed in October.
WOONSOCKET â The U.S. Postal Service is investigating a possible fire that damaged mail placed in the mail collection box at 996 Cass Ave.
In a statement issued on the incident Monday, the Postal Service said some mail placed in the blue collection box was found âdestroyed, apparently from fire.â
No incendiary items were found in the box but a plastic tub inside the box used to gather the deposited mail was found melted along with burned paper debris.
BLACKSTONE â Along with new interim School Superintendent Perry Davis, there will be another new face in the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District this fall.
Joining Perry in the central administration office will be Kirsten Esposito-Balboni, who was recently appointed as the districtâs new assistant school superintendent - a position that was reinstated for this school year.
High school students across Rhode Island are organizing a drive collecting school supplies for young children in need this fall. All collections from this drive will benefit Childrenâs Friend, a charity focused on assisting challenged children and families of Rhode Island.
The 20 students involved with the drive will all set up collection sites at their schools for classmates and teachers to drop off donations. Approximately 15 schools ranging across Rhode Island will be participating in the drive.
BLACKSTONE â Leaning on a wooden fence, Joe Wojcik watches a young Hereford calf prance alongside its mother, who is doing her best to ignore the calfâs playful gestures as she quietly grazes in the dew-covered pasture.
CENTRAL FALLS â Declaring that âthe skyâs the limit in this amazing square-mile city,â Mayor James Diossa launched his bid to be mayor for another three years on Saturday.
Diossa, who took his first oath of office on New Yearâs Day after winning a special election, grasped the helm of the struggling city as it tried to free itself from the shoals of a difficult bankruptcy, under the storm cloud of his predecessor, former mayor Charles Moreau, pleading guilty to federal corruption charges and preparing to go to prison.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A long-standing question as to what will happen to a still-undeveloped parcel of land bordering the Dowling Village commercial development off Eddie Dowling Highway could be answered on Monday with the help of a $400,000 open space grant from the Department of Environmental Management.
The Town Council will consider the acquisition of a 40-acre parcel of land at Dowling Village using the state grant and another $525,000 in available local open space preservation funding when it meets Monday evening in the Kendall-Dean School cafeteria.
WOONSOCKET â Local voters will begin to learn the lineup for this yearâs city election for mayor and City Council as the period for formal declaration of candidacy opens at the Board of Canvassers office in City Hall on Monday.
Declarations for mayor and City Council will be accepted at the office from Monday until 4 p.m. through 4 p.m. on Aug. 27, according to Board of Canvassers Manager Estelle D. Corriveau.