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March 5th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â A local man has been arrested on federal charges of distributing fentanyl and street heroin laced with the synthetic painkiller, which has been linked to a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses.
BURRILLVILLE -- A massive surprise birthday party for Tyler Seddon of Pascoag is set for Thursday and The Call will be there to cover the celebration. Follow The Call on Twitter(@WoonsocketCall) for continuous updates throughout the day as hundreds of police, firefighters and first responders pay tribute to the birthday boy, who is fighting cancer. See our complete coverage of the festivities in Fridayâs editions of The Call and The Times.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Tuesday she will share her âfindings and thoughtsâ about the fiscal challenges facing the city next week in her first public address to constituents since taking office.
The speech is scheduled to take place in Harris Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in keeping with an inauguration-night promise to report back to voters after studying the cityâs problems for a hundred days. The mayor was sworn in Dec. 3.
BURRILLVILLE â The Town Council has approved a 10-year tax stabilization agreement for a cashmere fiber products company that is planning to purchase a soon-to-be-built 13,000-square-foot building on Route 102 as its new corporate headquarters and warehouse.
Alashan Cashmere Company President Donald Fox and the Burrillville Industrial Foundation wanted the stabilization agreement for the new facility, which the Burrillville Industrial Foundation will build adjacent to the Kubota tractor dealership building at 846 Broncos Highway.
WOONSOCKET â If walls could talk, the lobby of the police station would say theyâre part of a cold, institutional space without a lick of distinction from a million other government buildings.
Or at least they used to.
BELLINGHAM -- Brian Bender, the owner of Dennyâs Liquors, hasnât been so excited since Coors crossed the Mississippi.
After an absence of more than 20 years, Yuengling beer returns to package stores in the Bay State today, offering Rhode Island beer lovers yet another reason to spend their money on the other side of the state line.
âThis is big,â says Bender, whose store is a few hundred yards over the Woonsocket line. âI havenât seen demand like this since Coors came East.â
WOONSOCKET â It was fitting that Carol Nasuti was the final speaker on an afternoon that saw many people flock to the high schoolâs Saravia Gymnasium to remember the life of her late husband, George T. Nasuti.
With her oldest son Chris standing by her side on a maroon-colored podium that was decorated with maroon and white balloons â on top of this neat arrangement were two balloons with the same quote on each: âForever in our heartsâ â Carol showed the audience the pages of notes she was prepared to read from. She then pointed out that there was a problem.
WOONSOCKET â The fourth time proved to be the charm for Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr.
After coming close to landing a chief's job in three other Massachusetts towns in the past year or so, the Woonsocket police veteran hit paydirt in Hopkinton late Thursday, as the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to put Lee at the helm of its police force.
"It's exciting," Lee said Friday morning. "We've got to get ready for the Boston Marathon now."
WOONSOCKET â It wasnât Christmas, but it sure felt like a celebration when utility crews started flipping on street lights on Helene Rizoliâs street Wednesday night.
Residents came out of their houses clapping and cheering, and one even hugged Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was on hand to watch the National Grid bucket trucks do their work.
âIt did feel good,â said a smiling Baldelli-Hunt, who had made turning the street lights back on one of her most oft-repeated campaign promises.
For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Call.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The townâs ongoing school budget dispute appears to have caused an elected member of the School Committee, George Hemond, to tender his resignation effective Saturday.
Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton reported Hemondâs brief letter of resignation from the five-member committee, citing the budget dispute, was received at Town Hall earlier this week.
âHe indicated that he didnât feel he could do any further good because of the deterioration of the situation,â she said.