Archive - Apr 2014 - News Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â What was once the popular Mezza Luna Pizzeria in an aging commercial building at 7 Eddie Dowling Highway is now partially hidden by a chain link safety fence awaiting an expected date with the wrecking ball.
The former pizzeria site and a nearby closed Mobil gas station will be giving way to a new Walgreenâs Pharmacy at 1 Park Square over the next few months, according Robert Ericson, town planner.
WOONSOCKET â City Council President Albert G. Brien has agreed to pay a $750 fine to the state Ethics Commission for unlawfully voting to hire City Clerk Christina Harmon-Duarte in December.
Because Harmon-Duarte had performed occasional secretarial work for Brienâs personal business concerns, the city official violated the ethics code by voting to hire her on Dec. 2, said Katherine DâArezzo, the commissionâs senior staff attorney. Specifically, the law forbids public officials from using their power to financially benefit themselves, relatives or business associates.
PROVIDENCE â On a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, the R.I. House of Representatives adopted a resolution asking the state Health Department to reject any proposal from UnitedHealthcare to stop covering services at Landmark Medical Center and those of 52 physicians who have hospital privileges only at Landmark.
WOONSOCKET â A man allegedly stabbed his neighborâs dog Sunday before the animalâs owner intervened and the assailant allegedly turned the knife on him.
Detective Jamie Paone called the injuries to the dog minor, but she said the animalâs owner was stabbed repeatedly and later admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for emergency surgery. He was described as a 25-year-old man who lives at 26 Fairmount St., but police declined to release his name.
Police arrested Clyde Ewing, 36, of 12 Fairmount St. after responding to his house about 8:14 p.m.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Volunteers from Friends of North Smithfield Animal Shelter do lots of things for stray pets at the townâs Animal Control Center at 281 Quaker Highway, but sometimes have trouble getting word out about their work.
That lack of outreach became enough of a concern for the volunteers that some began to talk about ways to put up a website for the organization.
WOONSOCKET â RiverzEdge Arts Project has launched an âemergency moving fundâ to offset the cost of relocation and losses due to the disruption of operations after being forced out of Le Moulin complex in Market Square earlier this month.
Program Manager Brad Fesmire says RiverzEdge is facing $65,000 in unexpected expenses, including lost business, grant suspensions, and cost of refurbishing temporary quarters at Second Avenue School.
WOONSOCKET â Reducing the high rate of residential and commercial vacancies in the city is the aim of a new subcommittee of the City Council that will hold its first meeting on Monday.
The formation of the subcommittee was spearheaded by freshman Councilman Garrett Mancieri and was approved by the council recently. Mancieri is now the chairman and other appointees include David Soucy, president of Soucy Insurance Agency; Denise Sierra, president of the Burrito Co. restaurant; Sandra Saillant of Shear Odyssey Hair Salon; and Thomas Wrona, a former teacher.
WOONSOCKET â A former Revere, Mass., educator has filed an application with the Rhode Island Department of Education to establish a regional mayoral academy that would serve students from Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville.
Rosalind Murphy filed the application for the school in partnership with Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, an organization co-founded by Michael Magee, the current CEO, and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee in 2008 to provide technical support and other assistance to mayoral academies.
WOONSOCKET â Quick, what do Superman, President Barack Obama and screen actor Jason Statham all have in common?
Yeah, theyâre all men with an uber-high public profile. Celebrities, you might say.
Then thereâs Detective Sgt. Phil Kamer, a 16-year veteran of the Woonsocket Police Department: Heâs no celebrity, but with a little luck he could end up in the same place as the Man of Steel, Obama and the tough-guy actor â on the cover of the largest menâs fitness magazine in the country.
WOONSOCKET â UnitedHealthcare of New England is seeking the Department of Healthâs approval to cut Landmark Medical Center and 52 of its physicians from the medical insurerâs coverage network, a move that would affect thousands of northern Rhode Islanders who regularly use Landmark.
The request comes after United and Landmark, newly acquired by the California-based for-profit hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services, were unable to iron out a new contract when the hospital emerged from receivership last year.