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May 14th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite a request from the applicants to table the proposal for fine-tuning, the Zoning Board has unanimously rejected developer Leszek Przybylkoâ€™s plan to convert the Stadium Building into 21 owner-occupied condos.
The proposal represented a $1.3 million investment in a deteriorating landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the operators of the adjoining Stadium Theatre were hotly against it, arguing that low-cost housing would drag down theatre business.
The zoners apparently agreed, killing the plan on a 5-0 vote.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Though the Budget Commission has informed state lawmakers that they must have a bill authorizing the city to levy $2.5 million in supplemental taxes passed and signed by the governor no later than tomorrow, the fate of the measure is looking more uncertain than ever.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A North Kingstown lawmaker is threatening to rally a boycott of Sovereign Bank if she finds out the bank closed its accounts with a local firearms dealer for political reasons.
â€śIf I find out this is true Iâ€™m going to close my account with Sovereign Bank and recommend all the Second Amendment people in Rhode Island do the same,â€ť State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Dist. 31) told The Call. â€śBanks shouldnâ€™t be choosing their customers because theyâ€™re in a certain kind of business. Thatâ€™s just stupid.â€ť
LINCOLN â€“ Local voters will get the chance to offer their say on a proposed $76,138,712 town budget for 2013-14 when the Financial Town Meeting gets under way in Lincoln High School tonight beginning at 7 oâ€™clock.
Michelle Decelles always knew Motherâ€™s Day to be a big day at the Coachmenâ€™s Lodge Restaurant she and her husband, Norman, run at 273 Wrentham Road in Bellingham.
It was a big day for the restaurant but Decelles never fully understood why people wanted to take their Momâ€™s out on that day until she became a Mom six years ago.
â€śI donâ€™t think I realized what motherhood really was until I became a mother myself,â€ť she said while working at the restaurant this week.
WARWICK â€“ The most important thing citizens can do to help Rhode Islandâ€™s economy and business climate is to get involved with what the government is doing, RI Taxpayerâ€™s President Ken Block told the groupâ€™s annual meeting Saturday.
Because of the stateâ€™s small size and population, Block said, â€śWe pay a terrific and horrific price when we are not efficient, when bad things happen economically, when bad decisions are made like 38 Studios, or when graft and corruption rear their ugly heads.
WOONSOCKET â€” The heavy lifting has been completed and the Synagro sludge incineration operation off Cumberland Hill Road is well on its way to generating its own electrical power.
The company completed the lowering of a massive waste-heat boiler inside the incinerator building on Friday and will now begin the work of connecting the new equipment to existing machinery and electrical services.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois, a wounded warrior who lost both legs in Afghanistan, will soon be calling Burrillville home.
After a successful property closing in March, the Rhode Island Builders Association in partnership with Massachusetts-based Homes for Our Troops is preparing to build a free specially-adapted home for Dubois and his wife, Kayla, on Sherman Farm Road.
A special groundbreaking ceremony takes place Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m., at the construction site located at Lot 12 Sherman Farm Road. A fundraising barbecue, bake sale and raffle drawing will follow.
FOSTER â€“ Anthony Manzo is seated in a vintage leather barber chair with his muscular right arm extended in front of him as tattoo artist Robert Young prepares to go in.
Clean-cut and bookish-looking in his thick-rimmed eyeglasses, Young gives off the demeanor of a doctor as he pauses for a moment, studying Manzoâ€™s arm with quiet intensity. Youngâ€™s hands are covered in black rubber gloves, one of which is holding aloft a metallic device that looks like some sort of oversized hypodermic.
LINCOLN â€” A lunch of Del's Lemonade, chowder and clamcakes, hot wieners and Autocrat coffee milk already had guests smiling, and when Viola Davis took to the stage, it was a celebration of yet another classic product of Rhode Island.
The award-winning actress was in her home state on Wednesday to attend the 28th annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity Luncheon at the Twin River Event Center. Davis spoke at the event, and received the Rhode Island â€śMaking a Differenceâ€ť Award for her contribution to art and culture tourism in the state.