Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
GLOCESTER â Dr. Michael Barnes, school superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School system, is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its general membership meeting on Wednesday.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, his dedication to the education of all children, his commitment to the community, and his service to RISSA.
BURRILLVILLE â Town officials have drafted new zoning guidelines to ensure that any solar energy projects that come to town do not compromise public safety or impact natural and historic resources, and are compatible with the neighborhood in which they are located.
The Town Council is inviting public comment on the new guidelines, which are proposed as amendments to the townâs zoning ordinance, at a hearing to be held Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 105 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville.
WOONSOCKET â Tammy Shea, 34, of Woonsocket really didnât know what a scaffolding structure was doing on either side of Main Street Wednesday, but she was curious about it.
So were her children as the family walked past it on the sidewalk opposite the Stadium Theatre at Monument Square.
âI donât even know what it is,â Shea said when told the work site was part of the cityâs upcoming 125th Anniversary Block Party celebration on Aug. 29.
CUMBERLAND â A group of local World War II combat veterans will be honored Aug. 18, at the Cumberland Beagle Club, which for the fourth year in a row, is giving the public an opportunity to hear the stories and unique experiences of what Richard Souza calls âtrue American heroes.â
PAWTUCKET â The meeting place for city veterans for more than 90 years, the Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 on Fountain Street has been home to blood drives, spaghetti dinners, and hundreds of other community events over the years.
But the 100-year-old city-owned building is starting to show its age and is in desperate need of repair, especially the roof, which needs to be replaced.
BURRILLVILLE â Four years after it was shut down because of incidents of misconduct, the town has reopened the Burrillville skate park at a new location on Chapel Street in Harrisville.
Town officials are banking on the new location, which has better visibility and is away from school buildings and residential homes, to eliminate the kinds of incidents that forced the original park to close back in 2009.