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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.

July 11th

Lincoln crash victim met same tragic fate as friends

July 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Just as many had a year ago for another friend, the friends of Simon Ratsamy, 21, of Woonsocket, gathered to remember him Thursday at the place where he worked and was well known to customers and friends — R.J’s Hill Liquors, 820 Cumberland Hill Road.

July 9th

Two injured in Route 99 rollover crash

July 9, 2014

LINCOLN – State Police were investigating a Route 99 South crash Wednesday night that was reported to have sent at least two people to Rhode Island hospital, one in critical condition.

The crash near the Sayles Hill Road ramps that was described as a rollover and possibly involving more than one vehicle resulted in Route 99 south being closed to motorists just after 10 p.m. Traffic caught on the blocked road was allowed to return to the Woonsocket entrance of the highway where units from Lincoln and Woonsocket had sealed it from travelers.

New RI law requires stringent background checks for firefighters

July 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE – A new General Assembly law signed by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee on July 3 is requiring municipal fire departments to conduct more extensive criminal background checks of new applicants for positions in their departments.
The new background check rules would also require the fire department employee candidates to have a fingerprint check done at their expense with the fingerprint records being destroyed immediately upon completion of the background check, according to the legislation.

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