Archive - Feb 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â The fourth time proved to be the charm for Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr.
After coming close to landing a chief's job in three other Massachusetts towns in the past year or so, the Woonsocket police veteran hit paydirt in Hopkinton late Thursday, as the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to put Lee at the helm of its police force.
"It's exciting," Lee said Friday morning. "We've got to get ready for the Boston Marathon now."
WOONSOCKET â It wasnât Christmas, but it sure felt like a celebration when utility crews started flipping on street lights on Helene Rizoliâs street Wednesday night.
Residents came out of their houses clapping and cheering, and one even hugged Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was on hand to watch the National Grid bucket trucks do their work.
âIt did feel good,â said a smiling Baldelli-Hunt, who had made turning the street lights back on one of her most oft-repeated campaign promises.
For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Call.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The townâs ongoing school budget dispute appears to have caused an elected member of the School Committee, George Hemond, to tender his resignation effective Saturday.
Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton reported Hemondâs brief letter of resignation from the five-member committee, citing the budget dispute, was received at Town Hall earlier this week.
âHe indicated that he didnât feel he could do any further good because of the deterioration of the situation,â she said.
WOONSOCKET â They call it the freeze-thaw cycle, and itâs the reason motorists are bobbing and weaving through some of the nastiest pothole fields on city streets in years.
For public works crews, the ups and downs of the February thermometer bring a cycle of their own to deal with the bumper crop of potholes: It starts with a shovelful of âcold patchâ asphalt and goes something like this: Fill, tamp, repeat.
âFill it first, then level it off, then tamp,â says Mark Gelinas, a highway division worker armed with a special tool for flattening the sticky, tar-based fill.
LINCOLN â The Manville Fire District Board of Wardens says it now appears unlikely American LaFrance, the company contracted by the district in 2012 to build a new ladder truck, will be able to complete the job, but is assuring ratepayers the $300,000 deposit the district put down on the vehicle is protected and will not be lost.
WOONSOCKET â Itâs official: Michael A. Morin is the new state representative for House District 49.
The Woonsocket firefighter won his stripes as an unopposed Democratic candidate in yesterdayâs special election after finishing first in a three-way primary a month ago.
Morin was elected with just 233 votes. A total of 46 write-in ballots were cast against him for a variety of candidates.
âIâm just looking forward to getting going,â Morin said. âIt seems like the primary was six months ago already.â
WOONSOCKET â The state Budget Commission running city financial affairs indicated during its meeting in Harris Hall on Monday that it still has questions about a plan to implement a full-day kindergarten program in local schools in the fall and wonât consider the change until additional supportive information has been submitted by the School Department.
WOONSOCKET â In one of the biggest personnel moves sheâs made since taking office, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt appointed Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw as the next permanent chief of the Woonsocket Fire Department.
Shatraw, 48, is a 28-year veteran of the fire department who worked his way up through the ranks after starting out as a private in 1986.
By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
BURRILLVILLE â When Tyler Seddon of Pascoag turns 7 on March 6 he will be greeted be a sea of police uniforms and fire hats.
Tyler, who has leukemia, loves police and firemen, and his one birthday wish is to get lots of birthday cards from his heroes.
âHe goes crazy over firefighters and police,â says Tylerâs mother, Rachel. âWe want this to be a special birthday, because you never know what could be next.â
BLACKSTONE â They say a photograph is worth a thousands words. For Nicole Lopez, a professional photographer from Blackstone, a photograph is also worth a thousand memories.
âA photograph truly is so much more than a piece of paper. It is a memory,â says Lopez, a 1996 graduate of Blackstone-Millville Regional High School and mother of two, who started her photography business, Nicole Lopez Photography, two years ago.
âWith a photograph, that memory is never forgotten,â she says. âIt is remembered over and over, and passed on for generations to come.â