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May 25th, 2013
BLACKSTONE â At least two members of the Board of Selectmen say they are prepared to buck the Finance Committeeâs recommendation and make a case on Town Meeting floor for why voters should approve $75,000 to fund a feasibility study for a new senior center.
Expressing the most discontent is Selectman Paul S. Haughey, who chastised the FinCom earlier this week, saying the boardâs decision to not recommend passage of the senior center article is an injustice to the townâs senior citizens.
The end of school is near, and thereâs no time like the present for teenagers to try to find that summer job.
Lining up work with a private business is one way for teens to fill their free hours but that may not be an easy task given the areaâs still-recovering economy.
There are also community-based jobs â funded through local governments, state agencies, or federal programs â that may still be available to interested job seekers.
WOONSOCKET â Amid the smell of fresh rubber tires, sparks fly off the rusty interior of a chrome bicycle rim as Craig Brassard buffs off some metal burrs with a portable hand grinder that sounds like a kitchen blender.
âNo guarantees,â he tells the owner of the vintage Schwinn 10-speed from which the rim came â heâd done the best he could to address the cause of his flat tire.
WOONSOCKET â Four new recruits were sworn in as probationary patrol officers by the Woonsocket Police Department on Friday.
Officers Mark Castiglione, Taylor-Rae Monfils, Manuel Salema and Craig Thompson will immediately be assigned to the field training program, which lasts about 14 weeks, according to Police Chief Thomas Carey.
More than a dozen banks from Providence to Pawtucket have been robbed over the past five months, leaving some to wonder if bank robberies have reached epidemic proportions in the Blackstone Valley.
While it may seem like the valley is a hotspot for bank theft of late, Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBIâs Boston division, says the recent spate of robberies, which include Mondayâs heists in North Providence and Cranston, and Thursdayâs robbery in Pawtucket, are not an indication of an overall rise in the number of bank robberies in the state.
PROVIDENCE â Proponents of a bill to alter the School Siting Law passed last year say it will strengthen the safety requirements for building schools on former industrial or manufacturing sites.
WOONSOCKET â Melissa Murray just opened a new business in the city and itâs located in a place she sees as a perfect home for creative and innovative art and craft entrepreneurs like herself.
Murray, a city native, operates The Opulent Squid in the Le Moulin Artist Mall at 68 South Main St., selling an eclectic selection of her own jewelry designs and consignment items in mixed mediums.
Theyâre known as The Flying Squadron, an ever-changing group of Uxbridge veterans who have made it a Memorial Day tradition over the past 138 years to visit local schoolchildren with a simple message: The final Monday of May is not just the start of summer vacation season, but a time to honor Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The squadron, which is made up today of 20 town veterans divided into two units, will conduct its 139th consecutive visitation to town schools on Friday to kick off the townâs Memorial Day observances.
WOONSOCKET â There is no question the city has been in a struggle to survive fiscally in recent months but Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said Wednesday the upcoming 125th anniversary of the cityâs incorporation should still be a time for city residents to recall all the things that make it great.
And to that end, a group of more than 100 volunteers from city organizations, businesses, and committed residents is now working on a Main Street block party everyone involved hopes will equal or exceed the celebration of the cityâs 100th Anniversary in 1988.
WOONSOCKET â A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the stateâs economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled âThe Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,â says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.