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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.

July 8th

Reported kidnapping a hoax

July 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Local police, the FBI and the state police swung into action Tuesday afternoon after a reported child abduction, but it didn’t take them long to figure out it was all a hoax.
“We’re happy to report there was not an abduction at all,” Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan announced at a press conference about two hours later. “The story was fabricated by our witness.”
The investigation began about 12:30 p.m. after a juvenile reported seeing four men kidnap a young girl on Vose Street. Police wouldn’t say whether the witness was a boy or a girl.

July 7th

Police arrest mom, find baby alone in apartment

July 7, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A 10-month-old girl with signs of physical abuse was found alone in a battered women’s safe house Sunday after police detained the mother on Hamlet Avenue wearing nothing on top but a bra.
Police said Ebony Evans, 33, was arrested on charges of child neglect and second-degree child abuse.

July 6th

Paddlers prepared for 100-mile RI river tour

July 6, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Paddle Across Rhode Island team escaped potential washout impacts from Hurricane Arthur’s close brush with the area and set out on their more that 100-mile journey from the town’s Meadows Recreation Complex on Sunday with perfect weather and perfect river conditions.

July 5th

City’s broadcast museum needs funding to open

July 5, 2014

You have to know where it is on Main Street in Woonsocket to visit a local museum dedicated to largely antique television and radio broadcast equipment and then also set up an appointment with its founders and curators to make it inside.

But Paul Beck, president of the nonprofit Museum of Broadcast Technology at 162 Main St., hopes all that will change in the near future when the organization completes a plan to hold frequent public visit days to display its unique holdings of media technology.

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