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March 11th, 2013

Woonsocket legislators take tax talk to back room of State House

March 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Members of the Budget Commission will meet privately with city lawmakers at the Statehouse today to discuss the commission’s request for enabling legislation to issue a supplemental tax bill.
Chairman William Sequino said the commission wants lawmakers to know the importance of acting quickly to approve a $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, but he is open to suggestions on how the money should be raised.
“As a body I would say yes to both questions,” Sequino said via e-mail. “We are open to suggestions and we would like speedy passage.”

March 9th

Lincoln swears in newest officer

March 9, 2013

LINCOLN — The police department has a new member and also, thanks to his prior career with Pawtucket police, an experienced one.
Patrolman Alvaro Herrera was sworn-in to his new role on Friday, just about a week after retiring from a 20-year career as patrol sergeant for the Pawtucket Police Department.
Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said it was somewhat unusual for a new department member to come aboard after retiring from another department but pointed out that, at 42, Herrera is certainly young enough for a second career.

School committee to vote on fate of Halliwell Elementary

March 9, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The School Committee could decide the fate of the Dr. Harry Halliwell Memorial Elementary School as early as its March 19 meeting when the panel meets to possibly vote on a plan of action to address the deteriorating school building.
The meeting comes two weeks after the committee hosted a special public meeting to give residents a chance to offer input on the recommendations proposed in a report by the School Buildings Task Force, which went to work three years ago to address school buildings needs, including options for the Halliwell school.


March 9, 2013

Denise Blais and Marcel Bernier of Lincoln get advice on Atrium Replacement Windows from Cam Pepin of Pepin Lumber during the Buy Local Business Expo, held Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Woonsocket. This first-ever event was sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance.

Powder at CCRI-Lincoln deemed non-hazardous

March 9, 2013

LINCOLN (AP) — An envelope containing white powder sent to the Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln that forced a campus-wide evacuation has been found to be non-hazardous.
The college canceled classes at the Flanagan campus on Friday afternoon after a professor received an envelope containing an unknown substance. Campus officials notified the Lincoln police and fire departments.
The school said later the substance was found to be a sugar-based product. A sample is being sent to the state Department of Health for further testing.

Final public hearing for input on CDBG application — March 27

March 9, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — The second of two public hearings to discuss eligible projects in the town's 2013 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application will be held March 27.
The public hearing takes place at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 105 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, and will give residents one last chance to offer input on which projects should be prioritized in the town's grant application, due in April. Town Planner Thomas J. Kravitz will be on hand to discuss the grant application.

Town seeks new police chief

March 9, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — The town is ready to begin the process of searching for its next top cop.
Over the course of the next two months, Burrillville will be looking for a new police chief to succeed retired Police Chief Bernard E. Gannon, who led the department for the past 15 years. The chief's post is currently being held by acting Police Chief and Executive Officer Lareto P. Guglietta Sr.
The search process will officially kick off with the formation of an ad-hoc committee whose job will be to work with Town Manager and Public Safety Director Michael C. Wood to screen candidates.

PUC gets up-close look at water treatment plant, flaws and all

March 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As the cascade of frothy water gushed through a concrete sluice en-route to the Blackstone River, it looked as pristine as a waterfall in the Rocky Mountains.
The observers from the state division of Public Utilities and Carriers (PUC) seemed disappointed.
“When does the dirty water come out?” one asked.
Acting Water Supt. Marc Viggiani paused a moment before answering.

March 7th

WPD's Sosa leaps the language barrier

March 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Maybe it’s a garden-variety traffic stop or a kitchen squabble between husband and wife, maybe something more serious.
More often than ever, the cops sent to find out what happened run into a fundamental barrier: They don’t speak the same language as the people involved.
Who you gonna call?
At the Woonsocket Police Department, the go-to guy is Patrolman Enrique Sosa, the city’s only Spanish-speaking cop.
“You can tell by the look on their faces, sometimes they’re shocked,” he said. “Often you can tell there’s a sense of relief, too.”

March 6th

Woonsocket school board member struck by car

March 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET — School Committeewoman Anita McGuire-Forcier, a former chair of the panel, was reported to be undergoing treatment at Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday night after being struck by a car in front of the Rhode Island State House.
Forcier, a staunch advocate of the city’s need for added funding for its school children, was reported to have been at the State House to testify at a hearing before the accident occurred.

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