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June 27th, 2014

Chamberland named permanent city finance director

June 27, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s official: Former City Controller Christine Chamberland is the city’s finance director.

The Smithfield resident had been serving as acting finance director since mid-April, but Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Chamberland’s permanent appointment on Thursday.

“Christine’s vast experience in finance and her dedicated assistance in the transition of my new administration were key components to my decision,” the mayor said.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Call.

June 26th

Firefighter local nixes 5-year contract with city

June 26, 2014

 

WOONSOCKET – On the same day the Budget Commission voted to approve the pact, the city firefighters union unexpectedly refused to ratify a proposed five-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday.

June 25th

Mount St. Charles lays off teachers in response to declining enrollment

June 25, 2014

 
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles Academy is reducing its staff by about a dozen teachers at the end of the school year. 
 

June 24th

Mayor: Time to relocate Registry

June 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Where’s the best location for the new registry of motor vehicles in the city?

It doesn’t matter who you talk to – from the chief of the state Division of Motor Vehicles to the mayor and the guy on the street – everyone seems to come up with the same answer: Put it in one of the hollowed-out retail plazas on Diamond Hill Road.

“I’m promoting it from an economic development standpoint,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. “We’re all concerned about the exodus we’ve seen up there and we need to regenerate an area that’s been deflated.”

June 23rd

Park makeover nears reality thanks to state budget plan

June 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – In addition to beefed-up school aid, the $8.7 billion state budget signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee a couple of days ago has something that Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has been lobbying for a long time: money to bring the makeover of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park to the starting line.

The spending plan includes $1.25 million over five years for park upkeep and staffing, a previously missing piece of the funding puzzle that had waylaid the project.

June 22nd

Mayor endorses trio of incumbent state reps as candidacy declarations begin

June 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – As the declaration period opens Monday for candidates seeking statewide office, Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt announced that she’s endorsed all of the incumbents in the House of Representatives – Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), Rep. Michael Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) and Rep. Robert Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland).

June 21st

Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival brings sweet sounds to Diamond Hill

June 21, 2014

 
CUMBERLAND -- Weather-wise, it was a day befitting the Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival. As participants filtered in to Diamond Hill Park with their lawn chairs and blankets, the perfect temperature and overall pretty day seemed to be on everyone’s minds, along with the non-stop schedule of music and dancing.
 

June 19th

Landmark Hospital to pay city

June 19, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Newly for-profit Landmark Medical Center has agreed to pay more than $900,000 in taxes on real estate and business equipment that the city will pump into the 2015 municipal budget, helping tamp down residential property tax rates.

June 18th

Suspect indicted in murder of Woonsocket woman

June 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A Providence County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against 45-year-old Brian Audette in the beating death of a woman in the Social neighborhood more than a year ago.
Audette, of no permanent address, allegedly murdered Donna Pike on April 7, 2013, in her apartment above a onetime funeral parlor at 79 Rathbun St.

June 17th

THIS JUST IN: Police say Burrillville man arrested after girls drink booze

June 17, 2014

BURRILLVIILLE – A Pascoag man will be in District Court in Providence this morning to answer charges he procured alcohol for three juvenile girls visiting his 106 Sayles Ave. home Monday evening.
Paul White, who also goes by his female identity, Christine, was taken into custody on the three counts and three additional charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors after police executed a warrant for his arrest at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Burrillville Police Major Larry Guglietta.

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