Archive - 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â In apparent conflict with the anti-nepotism provisions of the state ethics code, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt created a seasonal jobs program earlier this year, opening new positions for highway laborers that were filled by her teenage son and his teammates on a summer baseball league.
WOONSOCKET â The search for a school superintendent is apparently back to square one after Cumberland Assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell turned down the job.
âYes, I did withdraw,â Mitchell told The Call via e-mail Wednesday. âI was honored to be offered the position. I decided to stay in Cumberland to continue the good work happening here.â
WOONSOCKET â An engine of the local economy could get a turbo-boost if voters approve Question No. 5 on the November ballot.
The referendum would authorize the state to float $35 million in bonds, much of it to support nine of the stateâs most significant arts and culture organizations, including some $2.1 million for the Stadium Theatre, the only potential beneficiary in the Blackstone Valley.
WOONSOCKET â Itâs official: the School Committee has abolished the school uniform policy at Woonsocket High School. But the policy is still in full force at the elementary schools, and itâs been scaled back at Woonsocket Middle School.
The panel adopted the recommendations of its review subcommittee on a 3-2 vote Wednesday, modifying the controversial policy for the first time since it was adopted in 2010.
WOONSOCKET â A city resident says he filed three separate ethics complaints against members of the City Council Thursday, but staff at the Ethics Commission would not confirm having received them.
Katherine DâArezzo, senior staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, said state law gives the director three days to decide whether to accept ethics complaints for further review. If he does, then the agency will acknowledge them and make the details public.
âAt this point itâs as if they never existed,â DâArezzo said.
WOONSOCKET â Cumberland Assistant Schools Supt. Robert Mitchell has been offered the superintendentâs job here, beating out the hometown favorite, Interim Supt. and Curriculum Director Dr. Patrick McGee, members of the search committee have confirmed.
But Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said McGee has been offered a promotion to the position of assistant superintendent, a job that doesnât officially exist, at least not yet.
WOONSOCKET â When three suspects in an attempted housebreak allegedly became violent and unruly Sunday, one of them managed to escape from police custody with her wrists in handcuffs, officers say.
Yajaira Alvarado, 21, was missing for about an hour before her family called police to tell them she wanted to surrender, according to police.
WOONSOCKET â Time is running out to get a team entered in this yearâs edition of the Mega War Competition at Autumnfest.
Richard and Cheryl Savaria, organizers of the competition, have just one more Open category (18 and older) team slot to fill, and four team berths in the high school competition.
Each of the two team categories offer three prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third, Richard Savaria said on Sunday.
BLACKSTONE â An extremely malnourished bloodhound loaded with fleas and covered with sores, and a young unspayed, flea-bitten cat so weak it could barely walk were also living among the filth and vermin at 23 St. Paul St. where the bodies of three infants were discovered among feces, maggots and dirty diapers last week.
Four living children, aged between 6 months and 13 years, were also found living amid the squalor.
Both animals were rescued and are now at the Medfield Animal Shelter, where they are awaiting adoption.
Full story appears on page A1 of Friday's Call.
BLACKSTONE â A crime-scene cleaning company is expected to finish its work today removing biohazardous material from a squalid house on St. Paul Street, where the bodies of three infants were discovered last week among feces, maggots and dirty diapers.