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July 2nd

Holiday festivities kick off Wednesday night

July 2, 2013

There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocket’s annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickin’ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.

City wants federal court for retiree suit

July 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The city’s lawyers don’t want the state courts to hear the first legal challenge to the Budget Commission’s unilateral cuts in retiree health benefits.
Lawyer Daniel Kinder said the city asked the state Superior Court to move the case to the federal system on Tuesday. The city had the leverage to do so because retired policeman Glen Hebert’s suit rests on a federal law – the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Defendants in such cases have the right to ask for the switch to the federal system, which is considered a routine process, according to Kinder.

July 1st

Police retiree sues over budget commission cuts

July 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As the Budget Commission continued to tie up the loose ends of its five-year solvency plan, a legal challenge has surfaced to a central component involving cuts in retiree health benefits.
A hearing is scheduled for this morning in Superior Court on former policeman Glen Hebert’s request to enjoin the commission from altering his health care benefits, said his lawyer Edward C. Roy Jr.

Family searches for young son’s ‘best friend’

July 1, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Kayden Watson calls it his “Monkey Friend,” a worn-out monkey blanket that has been his comfort keepsake since birth and his constant companion during 11 surgeries to repair gastroschisis, a congenital abdominal wall defect.
Kayden, 2½, lost his monkey blanket Saturday during a family outing at the Dairy Queen in North Attleboro and his mother is asking for the public’s help in finding it.
“This is Kayden’s best friend. We have searched high and low and are hoping someone may have picked it up,” says Jennifer Harken of Cumberland.

June 30th

FIRED UP: Safety, legality are key concerns when using fire pits or fireworks

June 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Nothing says summer like sitting around the fire pit, sipping a cold brew and shooting off a bottle rocket or two.

But city homeowners who like a good backyard fire with their pyrotechnics should know there are specific rules and regulations when it comes to fireworks and fire pits.

According to Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille, fire pits and chimineas are legal in the city, as long as certain rules are followed.

“Fire pits are legal to have and there is a city ordinance that outlines these rules and guidelines,” says Lataille.

June 29th

Back bear spotted in North Smithfield

June 29, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — A large black bear was seen in the area of Old Oxford Road, Pound Hill Road and Stoney Drive at around 8 p.m. Friday, according to local police.
Residents are advised to use caution during outdoor events and are urged not to approach or attempt to feed the bear. Residents can call DEM at 401-222-3070 with any reports of sightings.

Application process to purchase Landmark is complete

June 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Just two days after Mayor Leo T. Fontaine excoriated them for dragging their feet, state regulators announced late Friday they’ve deemed Prime Healthcare Services’ application to buy Landmark Medical Center complete.
Under the Hospital Conversions Act, the Office of the Attorney General (RIAG) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) now have up to 120 days to decide whether to allow the sale of the struggling hospital to go through.

City, five unions reach contract agreements

June 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – In a milestone for its five-year solvency plan, the Budget Commission ratified collective bargaining agreements with five labor unions representing teachers, education paraprofessionals, City Hall workers, public works crews and others on Friday.
The mood was celebratory but restrained as the panel voted to approve agreements that represent millions of dollars in savings to the nearly-bankrupt city through 2017.

MAD ABOUT SCIENCE

June 29, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a “Mad Scientist” amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earth’s composition and the scientific method.
“Cyclone Cindy” Brunelle captured the children’s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.

June 27th

Store owners toast tweak of booze tax

June 27, 2013

When Gov. Lincoln Chafee was touring storm-ravaged Glocester in the days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, liquor store owner Kevin Kitson had a chance to talk to him about business matters and one of the issues that came up was the state’s 7 percent sales tax on alcohol.
Kitson, longtime owner of Christy’s Liquors in Chepachet, told Chafee that not only would eliminating the sales tax on alcohol put more money in his pocket, it would help him and other Rhode Island liquor store owners better compete with tax-free Massachusetts.

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