Archive - 2013 - News Article
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NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The town has appointed a new finance director to replace Brian Silvia, who left in September to be finance director in West Warwick.
Brenda MacDonald, the town's assistant finance director, has now taken the reins as North Smithfield's new finance chief, according to Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton.
â€śBrenda has served the town well and will provide oversight of all financial departments, including tax collector, assessor, payroll, human resources and accounts payable,â€ť Hamilton said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The cityâ€™s loss will be North Smithfieldâ€™s gain as Loweâ€™s Home Improvement Warehouse trades in its Diamond Hill Road store for a newer model in the neighboring townâ€™s burgeoning Dowling Village retail center next week.
The latest blow the cityâ€™s main retail strip officially takes place on Feb. 13, when Loweâ€™s will close the local store. The Dowling Village site will open for the first time two days later, said Natalie Turner, a spokeswoman for Loweâ€™s.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The few merchants left in Main Streetâ€™s prominent Commercial Block have been temporarily forced to close after city officials declared the building unsafe Monday.
Building Inspector Chris Chianese cited the owner, Stamatos Properties of Jamaica Plain, Mass., for failure to provide an approved heating system for the ground floor tenants.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of â€™78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâ€™s incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâ€™s also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâ€™s daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâ€™s heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
PROVIDENCE â€” With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs â€“ and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored â€” as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After projecting that the city would incur a growing deficit on track to reach $95 million by 2017 the Budget Commission yesterday endorsed a still-sketchy, five-year plan to crawl back into the black, mainly through supplemental taxes, changes in union contracts and cuts in pension and other retirement benefits.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was a night of fun and revelry for the 19th Annual Mardi Gras event held Saturday in Woonsocket.
Festivities took place at two locations with shuttle service bringing partygoers to and from each site â€”St. Ann's Art's and Cultural Center, where the crowds were entertained by Bob Leonard's Slippery Sneakers Band, a local zydeco band who has been entertaining at the Woonsocket Mardi Gras for many years, and the Elks Hall, where Jeff Gamache and his orchestra entertained the crowd. Gamache has been a local entertainer for many years including at the Woonsocket Autumnfest.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The driver in a crash that knocked out power across a wide swathe of the city last week admitted he lost control while he was on his cell phone, but there isnâ€™t much the police can do about it.
â€śHe was preoccupied by dialing his phone, but he wasnâ€™t texting,â€ť said Lt. Brad Scully of the Woonsocket Police Departmentâ€™s Accident Prevention Bureau. â€śThe law says you have to be texting while driving to be cited. Itâ€™s very specific.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ The police department revived a past tradition Friday evening when it handed out 196 recognition awards to its members.
The ceremony at the Father Marot CYO Center at 53 Federal St. also included awards for community members and organizations such as the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition that have worked with the department over the years to improve the quality of life of local residents.