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October 7th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â The state Ethics Commission has accepted a complaint filed against Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt for hiring her 16-year-old son to work in an unadvertised summer jobs program.
Katherine DâArezzo, senior staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, said the complaint would be presented to the commission for initial consideration at its next meeting on Oct. 21.
WOONSOCKET â Former City Council President John Ward confirmed he has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt after her teenage son got an unadvertised summer job with the Public Works Department.
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WOONSOCKET â The cityâs 36th annual Autumnfest celebration is on the flight path for arrival at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park later this week, and for Robert Picard, the Woonsocket Rotary Club member coordinating concession booths, things were looking good on Sunday for a smooth landing.
BLACKSTONE â Even though the remains of three infants were found buried amid the detritus of her squalid home at 23 St. Paul St., most legal and forensic experts say prosecutors will face tremendous hurdles in building a case for murder against the presumed mother of the babies, Erika Murray.
Andrew Horwitz, the dean of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Roger Williams University, doubts the criminal case against Murray has much of a future at all, even on the non-murder charges sheâs already facing.
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.