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September 23rd, 2012
CUMBERLAND â After more than a year of study, the Town Council next 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-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council on Oct. 3, followed by the council's formal vote on the plan on Oct. 17.
Above, 5-year-old Kaitlyn Farmer of North Smithfield eyes the finish line for a first place win in the âpumpkin runâ at Saturday's sixth annual Great Pumpkin Festival at the high school athletic fields.
Thirty-four members of the 1952 graduating class of Woonsocket High School, along with spouses and friends, attended a full slate of 60th reunion events on the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16. Festivities began on the Saturday with an informal outdoor gathering at the Springwater Drive (Woonsocket) home of Class VP and committee member Ann (Grivers) Smith. On the following afternoon, everyone gathered at the Waterford Room of the Village Haven Restaurant in Forestdale for the reunion banquet and special ceremonies.
CUMBERLAND â The Housing Authorities in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence will get a share of the nearly $900,000 in federal grant funding to help public and assisted housing residents find work and receive assistance.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) announced Friday that 10 Rhode Island housing agencies will receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding to retain or hire 15 local service coordinators to work directly with HUD-assisted families to connect them to supportive services and help individuals increase their independence.
WOONSOCKET â Though Bill Fagan has pretty much lived his whole life within a few blocks of his home on Gaskill Street, sometimes he wanders.
Itâs no big deal for the reedy fellow with a gentle manner to walk to Mendon, Mass., where the locals know him so well they toot their horns when they see him.
CUMBERLAND â A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
MILLVILLE â The elderly are going without the option of a senior services van as the result of an ongoing dispute between the towns of Millville and Blackstone over a regional senior transporation contract.
The towns' inability to come to terms on an agreement since June recently prompted Blacktone to tell Millville it can no longer transport Millville seniors with its senior vans.
The decision has left about a dozen Millville residents who counted on the vans for doctor visits and to make other health-related appointments to seek other means of transportation.
WOONSOCKET â Flanked by supporters, State Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) announced Thursday that heâs launched a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the Democratic primary to firefighter Stephen M. Casey by 52 votes.
Perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the House, Brien said he lost because some voters wound up at the wrong polling places and also because he was targeted by pro-labor interests who supported Casey.
âThis is our chance to get it right,â Brien said.
WOONSOCKET â The annual St. Judeâs Breakfast for the benefit of St. Judeâs Childrenâs Hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Club Par-X, 36 Stanley St. Joe Hyder, general chairman, urges everyone to wear red, white and blue this year in tribute to the annual âSalute to Americaâ theme, chosen to mark the presidential campaign year.
LINCOLN â A woman who allegedly robbed the Navigant Credit Union on Front Street Wednesday afternoon was arrested about a half hour later in Cumberland.
Chief Brian Sullivan said the suspect, a woman in her 20s, walked into the credit union about 2:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.
The woman made off with an undetermined amount of cash and was seen fleeing the bank in a motor vehicle, heading toward Cumberland, said Sullivan.
âWe believe we have someone in custody,â Sullivan said late yesterday. âWe are working to identify that person right now.â