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July 22nd

City gets new alert system

July 22, 2014

launched a new mass emergency notification system designed to alert residents of public safety threats, parking bans, dangerous weather, missing persons and other vital information.
The CodeRED system replaces another technology known as Nixle which had been in place for about two years.
“This is the future,” Emergency Management Director Tim Walsh told an audience of about 40 residents Tuesday at Kennedy Manor, urging them to sign up.

July 21st

Brien stays in council chair

July 21, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A move to punt City Council President Albert G. Brien from his leadership role on the panel ended yesterday, as abruptly as it began on Friday, after one of its supporters apparently had a change of heart.

Councilman Chris Beauchamp announced publicly Monday morning that he would seek to table the matter at a special reorganizational meeting that was supposed to take place last night, prior to the council’s regular meeting in Harris Hall. After hearing of Beauchamp’s decision, fellow Councilman Garrett Mancieri said, he formally asked the city clerk to cancel the meeting.

July 20th

Camp helps families of fallen Special Forces understand the duties of their loved ones

July 20, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When the military funeral is over, families of soldiers killed in the service of their country can sometimes be left on their own to find a way to cope with that loss.

There are organizations that try to help, and Ret. Brig. Gen. Richard F. Keene, a longtime member of the R.I. National Guard, and former Blackstone and North Smithfield Town Administrator Kenneth M. Bianchi have found one they hope will make Rhode Island a great summer destination for teenagers facing such an adjustment.

July 19th

Globe-trotting Burrillville native wins Emmy

July 19, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Pam Glennon probably won’t be eating beans and rice for a while.
After winning an Emmy for her work as a freelance television producer, Glennon expects to be busier than ever.

July 18th

Former court clerk to take plea bargain

July 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A former municipal court clerk under indictment for more than two years on charges of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the city has reached a plea agreement with state prosecutors, according to her defense lawyer.

Rachel Arruda, 65, is expected to withdraw her longstanding plea of not guilty during a hearing in Superior Court on Aug. 13, North Smithfield lawyer Mark Smith said.

“In all likelihood, she’s going to enter a plea at that time,” he said.

July 16th

Street athletes' dream comes together brick by brick

July 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s an odorless, ice-blue bar imprinted with the phrase, “Frosty Builds Skateparks.”

It looks like soap, but you’d be wrong if that were your guess.
It’s the stuff of dreams.

July 15th

Woonsocket crash victim’s car becomes a shrine as many pay their respects

July 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Sone and Chip Ratsamy have been watching the transformation since their son, Simon, was killed in a violent car crash a week ago.
Parked across the street from their quaint cottage on Park Avenue, his sleek, black Honda Civic has become a shrine, the hood now completely hidden by bouquets of roses, carnations and other flowers.

Friends, and total strangers, too, have been piling on the floral tributes since the aspiring paramedic, 21 years old, passed away.

July 14th

Baldelli-Hunt wants budget board to override council decision on water plant

July 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is asking the state-appointed Budget Commission to override the City Council’s decision to build a new $50 million water treatment plant on a 20-acre site off Jillson Avenue, a move she opposes.

During a hastily-called meeting at the state Department of Administration Monday morning, Baldelli-Hunt invited a consulting engineer from Camp, Dresser McKee and the former public works director, Alan Brodd, to make the case to the commission that another site, partially located in North Smithfield, is preferable.

July 13th

History buffs pay tribute to 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis

July 13, 2014

LINCOLN – The grounds of Hearthside on Great Road were taken back to another era on Sunday, 1904 and its World Fair in St. Louis, to help raise funds for the historic town-owned property and its collections of local and state memorabilia.

Elizabeth Francis of the R.I. Council for the Humanities said her organization also supported the World’s Fair celebration at Hearthside and called it “a brilliant success.”

July 12th

Blackstone takes another look at solar power farm

July 12, 2014

BLACKSTONE – Saying it’s time for Blackstone to get on the solar power bandwagon, Board of Selectmen Chairman Russell L. Wells wants his board to revisit the idea of constructing a solar farm in Blackstone to help the town save money on energy costs.

The town was looking at a proposal last year to install ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels at the former landfill on Chestnut Street, but it never got off the ground.

Wells, who was elected to the board in April, says it’s time for the board to start that process over again.

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