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April 24th, 2015
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Sandberg Machine, a family-owned and operated machine shop on Broncos Highway in Mapleville, has manufactured parts for jet planes, power plants and nuclear submarines. But those jobs, says machinist Don Sandberg, pale in comparison to the state-of-the-art aluminum encasements the company recently manufactured to house one of Rhode Islandâ€™s rarest and most profound historic documents: Rhode Islandâ€™s Colonial Charter of 1663.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Calling what he did a â€śheroic and selfless act,â€ť Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has presented the Woonsocket Proud Standing Strong Award to Douglas Lachance, a live-in property manager who pounded on doors to alert sleeping tenants when a three-alarm fire broke out at an Ascension Street rooming house on April 8.
At the City Councilâ€™s meeting Monday, the mayor also lauded Fire Chief Paul A. Shatraw, EMA Director Timothy Walsh, Director of Human Services Linda Plays, and all those who came together to help the displaced tenants.
LINCOLN â€“ The Twin River Casino unveiled its strategy for competing with proposed Massachusetts gaming Tuesday while announcing plans to move the Newport Grand slot operation in Newport to a new home just shy of the Massachusetts line, off Route 24 in Tiverton.
â€śIâ€™m pleased to announce that Twin River has secured the rights to acquire land in Tiverton along the Massachusetts border where casinos are being proposed to compete with Rhode Island,â€ť John E. Taylor, Jr. chairman of Twin Riverâ€™s board of directors, said while providing details of the proposal during a Twin River news conference.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Firefighters spent the day Monday putting out hotspots and sifting through the skeletal remains of three summer cottages that were destroyed earlier in the morning by one of the biggest fires to hit this lakefront neighborhood overlooking Pascoag Reservoir, also known as Echo Lake, in more than 10 years.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police are investigating the death of a Mason Street man whose body was found lying partially in a backyard fire pit Sunday morning.
Police declined to comment on the case Sunday while the investigation into the discovery outside 268 Mason St. continued. It could not be determined whether police were investigating an accident or medical problem in connection with the manâ€™s death, or possibly foul play.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Residents took time out on a perfect Saturday morning to
ensure that their community stayed just as beautiful as the day's weather during the annual Earth Day Cleanup.
About 30 people converged on the Department of Public Works Town Garage
as early as 8:30 a.m. Saturday to enjoy a breakfast of coffee, hot
chocolate, and doughnuts before donning their neon green T-shirts and a
pair of gloves, grabbing trash bags, and departing to clean various
locations throughout the community.
Blessed with a picturesque spring morning, residents, children, parents,
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Julia Cloutier, an 18-year-old senior at North Smithfield High School, had a general sense of the difficulties faced by veterans returning home from war, but it wasnâ€™t until she attended a weekend-long retreat sponsored by Project New Hope Inc., a non-profit organization that helps veterans transition to civilian life, that she finally understood that the effects of war are felt far beyond the battlefield.
UXBRIDGE â€“ Voters at the Special Town Meeting on May 12 will be asked to approve a plan to build a new central fire station on South Main Street.
If articles approving the plan pass muster at the town meeting, voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion for the project at the annual town election on May 19.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A city man was ordered held without bail at the state prison Wednesday following his arrest on arson charges for allegedly setting fire to a Cass Avenue lounge a day earlier.
Police announced the arrest of Jarrod Wilson, 29, in a statement released shortly after his arraignment in Sixth District Court but they provided few other details.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.