Archive - Jun 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â It was always a crazy idea.
There may be no better proof of it than what happened last year after Chuck Horbert and his buddies launched their canoes and kayaks into Burrillvilleâs Branch River, amped up by 5 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Andrea. Hobart crashed his canoe in the rain-swollen waters, and his far-flung dream of leading a waterborne trek the length of the state, by river, was over as soon as it began.
GLOCESTER â The history of the arrival of public transportation in Chepachet was celebrated Sunday afternoon with a sampling of life in 1914 and reminders of how Glocester changed once it did get on the map.
The Chepachet Union Church teamed up with the Glocester Heritage Society to hold a 100th anniversary celebration remembering the arrival of the first Rhode Island Co. trolley in town and the big stir it created when it did.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Half-eaten tuna sandwiches and other food scraps students discard during their lunch periods in North Smithfield are being repurposed as feed for more than 3,000 pigs living in Burrillville.
Through a new recycling program established and overseen by town Recycling Coordinator Donna Kaehler, the North Smithfield High School, Middle School and Halliwell School turns food scraps leftover from school lunches to nutritious food for pigs at My Blue Heaven Farm in Pascoag.
Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo, second from left, smiles as she is introduced at the official opening of her new Woonsocket campaign headquarters at 1 Social St. in the city Thursday evening. Raimondo stated to her supporters, which numbered around 35, that it's going to take "the same boldness and courage" she brought to her tenure as General Treasurer to bring the state back from it's dismal economic doldrums.
WOONSOCKET â Itâs official: Former City Controller Christine Chamberland is the cityâs finance director.
The Smithfield resident had been serving as acting finance director since mid-April, but Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Chamberlandâs permanent appointment on Thursday.
âChristineâs vast experience in finance and her dedicated assistance in the transition of my new administration were key components to my decision,â the mayor said.
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WOONSOCKET – On the same day the Budget Commission voted to approve the pact, the city firefighters union unexpectedly refused to ratify a proposed five-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles Academy is reducing its staff by about a dozen teachers at the end of the school year.
WOONSOCKET â Whereâs the best location for the new registry of motor vehicles in the city?
It doesnât matter who you talk to â from the chief of the state Division of Motor Vehicles to the mayor and the guy on the street â everyone seems to come up with the same answer: Put it in one of the hollowed-out retail plazas on Diamond Hill Road.
âIâm promoting it from an economic development standpoint,â said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. âWeâre all concerned about the exodus weâve seen up there and we need to regenerate an area thatâs been deflated.â
WOONSOCKET â In addition to beefed-up school aid, the $8.7 billion state budget signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee a couple of days ago has something that Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has been lobbying for a long time: money to bring the makeover of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park to the starting line.
The spending plan includes $1.25 million over five years for park upkeep and staffing, a previously missing piece of the funding puzzle that had waylaid the project.
WOONSOCKET â As the declaration period opens Monday for candidates seeking statewide office, Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt announced that sheâs endorsed all of the incumbents in the House of Representatives â Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), Rep. Michael Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) and Rep. Robert Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland).
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