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October 29th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â€“ Six businesses â€“ four of them from out of state â€“ are relocating their operations into vacant commercial buildings in the city, including the cavernous shell of Walmart, whose 2011 exit is often blamed for dragging down the cityâ€™s retail strip. The 1919 Diamond Hill Road building is to be purchased by Ardent Displays & Packaging of East Hartford, Conn. The company employs about 50 people who manufacture in-store retail displays for some of the biggest names in merchandising, including Walgreenâ€™s, CVS Health, Nokia, Family Dollar and Rockport.
The other newcomers include:
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city is making a push to sell four obsolete school buildings, saying they could be generating tax revenue instead of eating up resources.
The properties include the mammoth Woonsocket Middle School, located at 357 West Park Place; the Second Avenue School, 196 Second Ave; the Fifth Avenue School, 65 Fifth Ave.; and the Social Street School, 706 Social St.
LINCOLN â€“ Town voters will be asked to consider six changes to the Town Charter, including two modifying the operation of the annual Financial Town Meeting, when they go to the polls on Nov.4.
The measures forwarded to the ballot by the Town Council also include three changes for the townâ€™s Water Commission, and one for appointments to the Budget Board.
Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said the Water Commission questions are an attempt by the Town Council to clarify the commissionâ€™s role as a town agency.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center will be among the stateâ€™s hospitals to conduct â€śstress testsâ€ť on Ebola response later this week, hospital officials told area first responders at an Ebola preparedness conference on Wednesday.
Even though there are no cases of Ebola in Rhode Island, Landmarkâ€™s Dr. Glenn G. Fort said over the next few weeks Landmark and other Rhode Island hospitals will be treating a mock Ebola patient as part of a state test to make sure Rhode Island is ready if Ebola does come.
The trial runs will take place at the end of the month into early November.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Town officials from Blackstone where a squalid house containing the skeletal remains of three dead infants was demolished on Tuesday have been invited by a Winnipeg radio talk show Monday to offer guidance and advice to a Canadian city that is now grappling with a tragedy almost identical to the one that took place in Blackstone.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Another member of the City Council has been named in a complaint sent to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging conflict of interest. This time itâ€™s Councilman Daniel M. Gendron.
Jerome Smith of Woonsocket, a former state legislator and father of City Councilwoman Melissa Murray, said on Wednesday he filed the complaint against Gendron over his past votes as a council member to appoint local Attorney Lloyd R. Gariepy to his position as a Municipal Court judge.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue investigations of complaints against Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and two city councilmen.
Baldelli-Hunt was accused by former City Council President John Ward of violating the nepotism section of the Code of Ethics by hiring her 16-year-old son and members of his baseball team for part-time jobs with the cityâ€™s Public Works Department doing clean-up work such as sweeping sidewalks. The openings, which paid $10 an hour, were not advertised to the general public.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local residents and educators once again called on the City Council Monday night to take action against a proposed 400-student mayoral academy charter school in the city, but only gained a tabling of the matter to a future work session.
City Council members Christopher Beauchamp led the move to table a council resolution instructing Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt to withdraw her name and support from the proposed school that ended the panelâ€™s discussion Monday evening on a 4-3 vote.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Mayor Daniel J. McKee will be able to leave office in January knowing that savings from his work to revise the townâ€™s costs for police retirement and healthcare benefits have been applied to the local budget.
McKee, a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Nov. 4 general election, was given that sendoff by a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Town Council last week, one of the final times the current panel will be acting on local budget matters before a new council is also sworn in.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Freshman Councilman Garrett Mancieri became the fourth elected official to face an ethics complaint in less than three weeks on Thursday.
The Ethics Commissionâ€™s Senior Staff Attorney Katherine Dâ€™Arezzo said the director has preliminarily accepted a complaint against Mancieri for further review.
It will be up to the full commission to determine whether the complaint will be held for further investigation, but itâ€™s unclear whether the matter will be taken up at the next meeting, on Monday.