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October 17th

AG sues Woonsocket over APRA violations

October 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against the city for violating the Access to Public Records Act over a lawyer’s 2012 request for paperwork associated with the proposed water treatment plant.
The lawsuit accuses the city of two violations stemming from lawyer Michael Kelly’s December 2012 request for documents. One alleges that the city failed to answer the request within the minimum time frame allowed by law, the other that the city didn’t provide one specific document – the sales agreement for land on which the plant is to be built – at all.

October 16th

Cumberland seeking to strike gushers... to boost water supply

October 16, 2013

CUMBERLAND – A town consulting firm was getting good initial results Tuesday while conducting water well testing at the Schofield Farm property as part of its search for a potential future town well field.

Of course, the town is also looking at several other town sites as potential public water supplies, and town Water Superintendent Chris Champi said the review is only the start of a process that could take up to three years before a new well supply is connected to the town’s water system.

Woonsocket schools seeing surprise surplus

October 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Already the subject of an open records lawsuit, Education Department financial data indicating that the city experienced a surprise multi-million-dollar surplus in 2013 could be released publicly by the Budget Commission as early as today.

“That’s what we’re aiming for,” said Acting Chairwoman Dina Dutremble.
Neither Dutremble nor Commissioner John Ward, City Council president, would provide specifics about the size of the surplus or other details. But sources close to the commission who asked not to be identified said the net surplus would be about $2 million.

October 15th

Cumberland officials could adopt park plan

October 15, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council will consider a resolution adopting an updated master plan for Diamond Hill Park tonight.
The 375-acre Diamond Hill Park on Diamond Hill Road is a multi-use facility that includes several athletic fields, a band shell overlooking a pond and numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. For the past 10 years or so, the town has been trying to come up with ways to improve the park.

October 14th

Seven Hills to open outpatient care facility

October 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – State health officials have approved Seven Hills Rhode Island’s application to run an outpatient ambulatory care facility as part of a multi-million dollar pilot project aimed at containing health care costs for individuals coping with complex developmental and physical disabilities.

Seven Hills will operate one of two Living RIte centers under a $15 million grant obtained by the University of Rhode Island, according to Christine Gadbois, administrator of Seven Hills Rhode Island.
AccessPoint RI, another health care provider in Cranston, will run the other.

Autumnfest tradition marches on

October 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET — As the fog burned off to make way for sunny skies and the temperature rose out of the 40s on Monday morning, anticipation was running high at the staging areas on Diamond Hill Road for those marching, riding and “floating” in the 35th annual Autumnfest parade.

High school bands, local businesses and politicians from across the state, congregated to get their marching orders before the 9:30 a.m. procession stepped off.

October 13th

Overdose deaths driving up demand for methadone

October 13, 2013

WOONSOCKET – While state officials report an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, the city’s only methadone clinic is struggling to keep up with demand for treatment.

“The phone is ringing off the hook with calls from people in our area who are seeking treatment,” said Peggy Sakosky, the director of Discovery House. “It’s hard for us to keep up with the demand.”

Methadone is one of the most widely used drugs in the treatment of addiction to heroin and other opiates. The clinic has about 550 clients, which is up about 10 percent more than last year, according to Sakosky.

Twin River expands live gaming as Mass. competition heats up

October 13, 2013

LINCOLN – Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesn’t have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.

In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.

October 12th

Down for the challenge: Autumnfest begins with Kids Challenge event

October 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET -- Triathlon athlete Skylar Plante of Woonsocket has been training hard over the past week, working out under the watchful eye of her doting grandparents who moved the furniture around in their parlor so Plante could practice her sprinting in between episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.

On Saturday, Plante’s training didn’t exactly pay off – she came in last place in the Autumnfest Kids Challenge’s Wee Race, a challenge event for younger kids ages 3-6 – but it hardly mattered.

October 11th

Shutdown forces National Guard band to stand down from Autumnfest march

October 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Don’t look for the Rhode Island National Guard marching band in the lead division of the Autumnfest Parade on Columbus Day.
They won’t be there.

For the first time in many years, the 40-member military contingent known as the “Governor’s Own 88th Army Band” will be unable to perform in the parade – and other holiday events around the state – because of the partial government shutdown.

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