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June 23rd

Park makeover nears reality thanks to state budget plan

June 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

June 22nd

Mayor endorses trio of incumbent state reps as candidacy declarations begin

June 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – As the declaration period opens Monday for candidates seeking statewide office, Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt announced that she’s endorsed all of the incumbents in the House of Representatives – Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), Rep. Michael Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) and Rep. Robert Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland).

June 21st

Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival brings sweet sounds to Diamond Hill

June 21, 2014

 
CUMBERLAND -- Weather-wise, it was a day befitting the Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival. As participants filtered in to Diamond Hill Park with their lawn chairs and blankets, the perfect temperature and overall pretty day seemed to be on everyone’s minds, along with the non-stop schedule of music and dancing.
 

June 19th

Landmark Hospital to pay city

June 19, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Newly for-profit Landmark Medical Center has agreed to pay more than $900,000 in taxes on real estate and business equipment that the city will pump into the 2015 municipal budget, helping tamp down residential property tax rates.

June 18th

Suspect indicted in murder of Woonsocket woman

June 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A Providence County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against 45-year-old Brian Audette in the beating death of a woman in the Social neighborhood more than a year ago.
Audette, of no permanent address, allegedly murdered Donna Pike on April 7, 2013, in her apartment above a onetime funeral parlor at 79 Rathbun St.

June 17th

THIS JUST IN: Police say Burrillville man arrested after girls drink booze

June 17, 2014

BURRILLVIILLE – A Pascoag man will be in District Court in Providence this morning to answer charges he procured alcohol for three juvenile girls visiting his 106 Sayles Ave. home Monday evening.
Paul White, who also goes by his female identity, Christine, was taken into custody on the three counts and three additional charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors after police executed a warrant for his arrest at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Burrillville Police Major Larry Guglietta.

Firm sues Woonsocket over assessment

June 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The Bryn Mawr, Pa. company that owns the largest shopping plaza in the city has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court, challenging the city’s $12.7 million assessment of the property.
WP Associates LLC, the owner of Diamond Hill Plaza, says the assessment should be reduced by more than 75 percent so the savings can be passed along in the form of lower rent to its leading anchor, Burlington Coat Factory.

June 16th

Budget Commission meets in closed session to cancel Donoyan’s contract

June 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Schools Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan’s contract will not be renewed by the Budget Commission when it expires on Aug. 30, commission sources have confirmed.

The recently-seated, appointed School Committee had just voted in April to grant Donoyan a nine-month extension that would have locked her into the $150,000 a year superintendent’s job until June 2015.

June 14th

Filmmaker uses comedy to break down stereotypes; WHS screening Thursday

June 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Aspiring filmmaker Victor Ramos isn’t ready to quit his day job yet, but he’s getting close.

The assistant executive director of the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition has already trimmed down the full-time position to part-time hours to promote his feature-length movie, a cross-cultural comedy called “La Guagua.”

June 13th

Judge allows Tempest to argue for new trial

June 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A Superior Court judge has decided that Raymond D. Tempest Jr. will be allowed to argue that his 1992 murder conviction should be vacated after his lawyers told the court new DNA evidence from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than him.

Tempest, 61, is serving 85 years for the 1982 bludgeoning murder of Doreen C. Picard, 22, in the basement of a multifamily house on Providence Street.

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