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October 12th, 2012

WWII Park renovation plans on hold

October 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Plans for a $2.6 million overhaul of neglected World War II State Park, with new recreational facilities, are on hold until the city either assumes ownership of the park or picks up a share of the long-term operational costs of the facility.
That was the word from Janet Coit, director of the state Department of Environmental Management, during an appearance before the Budget Commission on Thursday.

October 11th

Ward proposes ordinance aimed at ‘fierce’ dogs

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET – City Council President John F. Ward is proposing a new ordinance designed to curb the city’s population of pit bulls and other “fierce, dangerous or vicious” dogs.
The most dramatic provision of the measure would be to prohibit any new pit bills bulls in the city after the law is passed. The only legal pit bulls would be those registered by their owners before the law goes into effect, and registration itself would come with onerous new requirements, including a $100,000 worth of liability insurance on the animal.

Navigant donates new rescue boat to WFD

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The transformation of the Blackstone River into a destination for canoeing, fishing and other recreational activities has been one of the success stories of the region in recent years, but it had a downside for the Woonsocket Fire Department’s rescue boat.
Firefighters have been responding to calls for emergencies on the river with greater frequency, subjecting the rubber vessel to more wear and tear. As a result, the inflatable craft developed holes.
The need for a new boat was apparent and the Navigant Credit Union responded by donating one to the fire department.

No lawsuit yet, but athiest group looking for attorney

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Though it has been silent on the issue since early summer, the Wisconsin atheist group that is demanding the removal of a Christian cross from the war monument at Place Jolicoeur hasn’t gone away.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped short of promising a lawsuit over the cross, but it says it is in the process of seeking an attorney from the area to represent the organization.
More than one individual has contacted the national non-profit seeking to become a plaintiff in such a lawsuit, said Rebecca S. Markert, staff attorney for FFRF.

October 9th

Judge OKs Landmark sale to Prime Health Care

October 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Faced with what was portrayed as a now-or-never choice, a Superior Court judge yesterday approved the sale of financially troubled Landmark Medical Center to Prime Health Care of California.
Judge Michael Silverstein’s decision clears the way for the fast-growing, for-profit chain to seek approval of the $60 million deal from state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
Prime says it will take no longer than 45 days to submit a formal application to regulators and, if it’s approved, they’re ready to close on the sale by May 31, 2013.

Actor comes home with national tour

October 9, 2012

BLACKSTONE — Ryan LaTour has been one busy guy since stepping off the graduation stage at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School in 2003.

October 8th

Perfect day for a parade

October 8, 2012

It was a fabulous day for the annual Autumnfest parade yesterday with a huge crowd turning out. Pictured from left are Amanda Dancause and Christopher L’Etalien with Cooper Barrett, 3, Phillip Barrett, 6, Tyler L’Etalien, 9; and Darin Rutz, holding Grace Rutz, 3 (top right) and Karen Rutz, all of Blackstone.

See more photos in our print edition.

October 7th

Far along on the road to recovery

October 7, 2012

LINCOLN -— Not long after Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois was seriously wounded by an IED in Afghanistan last year, his family, local residents and his friends from Lincoln High School mobilized under Kevin's Cause to raise funding for his recovery.
His mother, Patricia Dubois, still thinks of that outpouring of support now that Kevin, a 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School, is well along in his recovery and beginning to move on with his life.

October 6th

Report on fire district consolidation is complete

October 6, 2012

CUMBERLAND — After more than a year of study, the Town Council later this month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden, Mass.-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council once it is reviewed by Mayor Daniel McKee and his staff, McKee told council members this week. After that, the report will be formally presented to the council, which will hold a public hearing some time before the end of the month.

Woman details being stung by dozens of yellow jackets

October 6, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Here’s the situation: You’re getting settled in your first place, you just mated with the queen, and now you’re going to die.
It’s no joke if you’re a yellow jacket wasp – it’s real life. No wonder the armed fighter-jets of the insect world are so unfriendly this time of year.
It’s a lesson Mother Nature taught Jennifer Powers the hard way recently. She lapsed into shock after she was stung again and again by an agitated swarm of yellow jackets outside her boyfriend’s cabin on Tom Lee Drive.

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