Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against the city for violating the Access to Public Records Act over a lawyerâ€™s 2012 request for paperwork associated with the proposed water treatment plant.
The lawsuit accuses the city of two violations stemming from lawyer Michael Kellyâ€™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 didnâ€™t provide one specific document â€“ the sales agreement for land on which the plant is to be built â€“ at all.
CUMBERLAND â€“ 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 townâ€™s water system.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
â€śThatâ€™s what weâ€™re aiming for,â€ť 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.
CUMBERLAND â€“ 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ State health officials have approved Seven Hills Rhode Islandâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€” 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 â€śfloatingâ€ť 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ While state officials report an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, the cityâ€™s only methadone clinic is struggling to keep up with demand for treatment.
â€śThe phone is ringing off the hook with calls from people in our area who are seeking treatment,â€ť said Peggy Sakosky, the director of Discovery House. â€śItâ€™s hard for us to keep up with the demand.â€ť
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.
LINCOLN â€“ Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnâ€™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.
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, Planteâ€™s training didnâ€™t exactly pay off â€“ she came in last place in the Autumnfest Kids Challengeâ€™s Wee Race, a challenge event for younger kids ages 3-6 â€“ but it hardly mattered.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Donâ€™t look for the Rhode Island National Guard marching band in the lead division of the Autumnfest Parade on Columbus Day.
They wonâ€™t be there.
For the first time in many years, the 40-member military contingent known as the â€śGovernorâ€™s Own 88th Army Bandâ€ť will be unable to perform in the parade â€“ and other holiday events around the state â€“ because of the partial government shutdown.