Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â Independent consultants hired by the Budget Commission delivered what amounted to an unqualified endorsement Monday of Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâs controversial plan to privatize a proposed water treatment plant, calling it the best possible deal for ratepayers.
PAWTUCKET â For Tony Gallo, trying to help his elderly mother receive veteran's benefits she was entitled to was a complicated, frustrating and nearly 17-month process. He turned to Congressman David Cicilline for help, and now the legislator has submitted a package of bills aimed at reducing the backlog for Gallo and countless others.
PAWTUCKET â The Samaritans of Rhode Island is once again working to eliminate the stigma of seeking help, thanks to a new round of suicide prevention awareness training seminars for educators and healthcare professionals dealing with young people.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket) disclosed Friday that sheâs reached an agreement with state environmental officials to restore and transfer ownership of long-neglected World War II Memorial State Park to the city.
Under the pact, the state Department of Environmental Management would begin releasing $2.6 million it already has on hand to rebuild the park, which DEM all but abandoned some four years ago.
Dr. Art Canestrari, of Cumberland, and his friend Claire DiSpirito, of Lincoln, check out one of the units at 2 Monument Square during a Main Street Open House on Saturday. Dr. Canestrari stated he was interested in seeing the buildings on Main Street and their potential. The office space at which he is looking is one of six units available in the building.
WOONSOCKET â The School Committee voted to rehire another 28 of its laid-off teachers following a special meeting in the Middle School on Thursday.
School Committeeman Christopher Roberts said the rehired teachers were in a mix of positions in local schools including physical education, math, family and consumer science, and counseling that were issued notices of layoffs this spring.
BURRILLVILLE â They rest in sections of local cemeteries that donât often draw visitors but the townâs old soldiers of the Civil War still have stories to tell.
Betty Mencucci, president of the Burrillville Historical Society and a local history expert, hopes to put those stories in peopleâs minds this weekend while offering a tour of the townâs Civil War grave sites today beginning at 2 p.m. at Pascoag Cemetery and St. Patrickâs Cemetery off Route 107, Pascoag.
ON THE BLACKSTONE RIVER â Back in the 1980s the late U.S. Sen. John H. Chafee knew the best way to get people to support his namesake Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor was to get them into boats so they could see the historic area from the waters of the river.
The Rhode Island Association of Realtors is calling the spring housing market one of the strongest since the 2008 price bust that triggered the nationâs foreclosure crisis.
Sales of single-family homes rose seven percent in April 2013 compared to the same month a year ago, and the median sales price of $180,000 was also three percent higher, the trade group said in a report released yesterday.
LINCOLN â Table games will be opening at the Twin River Casino sooner than expected, thanks to a smooth effort to complete preparations for the new operation.
The ribbon on the new live gaming tables will be cut following a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, according to Patti Doyle, Twin River spokesman.
âJuly 1 was our original target and we were able to pull that forward to June 19,â Doyle said.