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August 15th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH), a coalition of more than 70 employers in Rhode Island representing over 50,000 employees, is weighing in on the pending sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Boston-based Steward Health Care System, saying negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center/Steward Health Care must abide by several considerations, including establishment of a statewide coordinated health care plan.
LINCOLN â€” A Lincoln police officer who was found guilty in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside a slot parlor in 2009, has resigned, Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond announced Wednesday.
â€śEffective Aug. 10, 2012, the Town of Lincoln has accepted an unconditional and irrevocable resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz,â€ť Almond said. â€śThis action has allowed the town to avoid the inherent uncertainty of costly and time-consuming litigation and appeals which would inevitably ensue if this matter remained unresolved.â€ť
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The future of the Halliwell Memorial School in Slatersville will be the focus of a special joint meeting of the Town Council and School Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Kendall Dean School auditorium, 83 Green St.
Read more in our print edition.
WOONSOCKET (AP) â€” Woonsocket police say they have several people in custody after a home invasion and subsequent car chase.
Police say three men broke into an apartment on Front Street at about 7 a.m. Sunday wearing masks and demanding cash.
Residents told police at least two of the men had guns and at least one shot was fired. Nobody was hurt.
Police chased a gray BMW from the scene.
The driver was arrested after she crashed near Hamlet Ave. and Cumberland street
Police say other arrests were made after passengers fled the vehicle during the pursuit.
WOONSOCKET â€” Summer vacation is winding down for local students and that had Jacqueline Dowdy back before the School Committee this week talking about the annual Back to School Celebration in the city.
Dowdy is the Woonsocket coordinator for the statewide Back to School program that has put free school supplies in the hands of students for the past 13 years. Woonsocket has participated for the past eight years.
WOONSOCKET -- Kings Row, dubbed â€śNew Englandâ€™s #1 Oldies Band,â€ť in conjunction with sponsor The Call, are putting on a free fundraising concert for the benefit of Autumnfest 2012.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Gary Fernandes is thinking big again at his River Falls Complex at Market Square.
You can see just how big from the fence overlooking the lower Woonsocket Falls section of the Blackstone River where it curves around the corner of the former Falls Yarn Mill, which is home to the Complex' River Falls Restaurant and CitySide nightclub.
Fernandes and his development company have been hard at work completing a long-planned patio and walkway around the back of the early-1800s mill building that he had started planning more than six years ago.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Six polling places voters have been using for at least a decade have been permanently retired as part of a statewide redistricting effort earlier this year.
As a result of the remapping of voting districts, the cityâ€™s total number of polling places has shrunk from 16 to 11, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
In addition to losing six polling places, one new one was added â€“ Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, 60 Florence Drive.
Craig Moretto and Nora Martel, both of Fitchburg, Mass., hang prizes as they set up the Punk Rack game prior to the start of the 22nd Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday evening. Severe thunderstorms and even a brief tornado watch threatened to cancel the opening night, but skies cleared in time for festivities to get underway after 6 p.m. The festival continues today, tomorrow and Monday. Visit cumberlandfest.com for a complete schedule of events.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Town Hall employees are trying to cope with the loss of one of their own, following the death of Finance Director Steve Woerner on Wednesday.
Woerner, 61, died after being injured in a recent fall at his home, according to Mayor Daniel J. McKee.
â€śHe was a good man that we loved down here at Town Hall,â€ť McKee said. â€śHe was very valuable to the town and a man who was close to a number of people here.â€ť