WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s official: Former City Controller Christine Chamberland is the cityâ€™s finance director.
The Smithfield resident had been serving as acting finance director since mid-April, but Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Chamberlandâ€™s permanent appointment on Thursday.
â€śChristineâ€™s vast experience in finance and her dedicated assistance in the transition of my new administration were key components to my decision,â€ť 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€“ Whereâ€™s the best location for the new registry of motor vehicles in the city?
It doesnâ€™t 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.
â€śIâ€™m promoting it from an economic development standpoint,â€ť said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. â€śWeâ€™re all concerned about the exodus weâ€™ve seen up there and we need to regenerate an area thatâ€™s been deflated.â€ť
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 sheâ€™s 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).
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
BURRILLVIILLE â€“ 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.
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