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April 4th

Cambridge, Mass., firm pitches pay-as-you-throw plan for city trash pickup

April 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – It’s like the forgotten stepchild of the Budget Commission’s five-year plan.
Pension rollbacks, cuts in workers’ healthcare benefits and supplemental taxes have glommed all the attention as strategies for helping the city start to chip away at a projected deficit on track to reach $105 million by 2017.
But the calculus of fiscal solvency also calls for raising $1 million a year in new revenue by hiking residential trash fees, and a company called Waste Zero from Cambridge, Mass., showed commissioners how they can do it this week.

April 3rd

Baldelli-Hunt looks to cut payday loan rate incrementally

April 3, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says lawmakers who insist on reducing the annualized percentage rate for payday loans down from the current 260 percent to 36 percent immediately are “detrimental to the cause” of reforming an industry she sees as equivalent to “loan sharking.”
Baldelli-Hunt has once again filed legislation that would cut the interest rate down to 130 percent, or a two-week rate of $5 for every $100 borrowed.

SNAP debate puts city store in the spotlight

April 3, 2013

rolivo@woonsocketcall.com
WOONSOCKET – It was deja vu all over again for Miguel Pichardo as the cyclical wave of first-of-the-month SNAP shoppers washed over his tiny ethnic market on Arnold Street.
The April 1 sell-a-thon was the first since the Washington Post, a month ago, used International Market as the springboard for a disturbingly blunt expose of the critical role the SNAP program plays in propping up the city’s ailing economy.

Police ID couple in murder-suicide

April 3, 2013

Jfitzgerald@woonsocketcall.com
CUMBERLAND – Police Tuesday identified the elderly couple involved in a murder-suicide in Cumberland on Easter Sunday as Roland R. and Maria R. Bouvier, both of whom had severe health problems in recent years, according to family members.
Roland Bouvier, 73, was suffering with pain from a recent back surgery, while his 70-year-old wife was suffering from early stages of Alzheimer's disease, family members told police.

April 2nd

WPD arrests Massachusetts man for attempted murder in Fairmount Bridge shooting

April 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – It was the kind of scream that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up – quickly followed by a series of gunshots.
Colleen MacKenzie instinctively ran toward the chilling cries and couldn’t believe her eyes. Ikey Wilson, a man in his 20s, lay face down across the pavement on the Fairmount Street Bridge, covered in blood. His girlfriend, pregnant with his child, was pacing frantically about, in the throes of an emotional breakdown.

Feathers ruffled as Council upholds ban on chickens

April 2, 2013

jnadeau@woonsocketcall.com
WOONSOCKET – A proposed ordinance legalizing the keeping of chickens for food purposes on city properties gained plenty of support from the large crowd in Harris Hall Monday night but not enough to convince a majority of the members on the City Council to support it.
The panel voted 5 to 2 against the chicken licensing bid with only Councilman Marc Dubois, the measure’s sponsor, and City Council President John F. Ward casting votes of support.

Mass. man charged in city shooting

April 2, 2013

rolivo@woonsocketcall.com
WOONSOCKET – It was the kind of scream that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up – quickly followed by a series of gunshots.
Colleen MacKenzie instinctively ran toward the chilling cries and couldn’t believe her eyes. Ikey Wilson, a man with whom she is familiar, lay face down across the pavement on the Fairmount Street Bridge, covered in blood. His girlfriend, pregnant with his child, was pacing frantically about, in the throes of an emotional breakdown.

April 1st

Chicken backers flocking to City Hall -- meeting tonight

April 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The fledgling pro-chicken movement lands at City Hall tonight, but it will have to persuade officials to defy the recommendation of city planners to get the ban on backyard fowl lifted.
The planners have raised questions about the city’s capacity to enforce proposed regulations, up for first passage, that would allow residents to keep up to six chickens.
Planning Board Chairman George Sargent says the board is also concerned about noise, odors and unsanitary conditions that might result from approving the proposal.

Funds for old Milk Can all dried up?

April 1, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A quick look as you drive by on Route 146 north is more than enough to show that this past winter was a hard one for the historic Milk Can ice cream stand.
The relocated local bit of novelty architecture has been marred by graffiti and also lost a few of the wooden shingles on its circular roof that skirts the three-story wooden milk can.
A sign wards off trespassers but it is possible to get a closer and safer look at the old Route 146 landmark from the Valero gas station next door at 948 Eddie Dowling Highway.

WPD investigating shooting on bridge

April 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET — One man was rushed to the hospital following a shooting in Woonsocket late Saturday night.
It happened on the Fairmount Street bridge shortly after 10. The victim was reportedly shot multiple times, and transported to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
There was no update on that man's condition as of press time Sunday night. Woonsocket police said their investigation is ongoing.
- WPRI-TV

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