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October 6th, 2012
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Hereâ€™s the situation: Youâ€™re getting settled in your first place, you just mated with the queen, and now youâ€™re going to die.
Itâ€™s no joke if youâ€™re a yellow jacket wasp â€“ itâ€™s real life. No wonder the armed fighter-jets of the insect world are so unfriendly this time of year.
Itâ€™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 boyfriendâ€™s cabin on Tom Lee Drive.
With forty three local kids signed up before the day began, Autumnfest Kids Challenge 2012 organizer Nancy Phillips wasn't expecting much of a challenge. Boy was she surprised when by 10:00 a.m. parents and their children were lining up by the dozens for races that were expected to start by 11:00 a.m.
The official Woonsocket fall festival, known as Autumnfest, in it's 34th year, officially begins today with a host of events including the ever-popular Kids Challenge 2012. The fun continues all weekend long with musical performances, all-day attractions, amusement rides, a kidsfest stage and Steve Smith and the Nakeds from 6:00-10:00 Saturday night. A fireworks display will be held at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night and the annual Autumnfest Parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ State Police, members of the Woonsocket Police Depart-ment, and agents of the Rhode Island Division of Taxation conducted raids at two city convenience stores Thursday that resulted in the arrest of the owners of the businesses, according to Colonel Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, Superintendent of the State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Former city employee Michelle Giguere admitted to embezzling over $7,714 from the municipal treasury during a hearing in Superior Court on Wednesday.
Magistrate Susan Kenney ordered Giguere to serve a suspended sentence of three years and to repay the money she stole.
Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III said he was satisfied that the punishment fits the crime and praised Giguereâ€™s co-workers for blowing the whistle on her when they suspected Giguere of mishandling money.
LINCOLN â€” A Town Council forum on the expansion of Twin River into table gaming drew some concerns over the proposal Thursday evening but overall proved a favorable showcase of the casino's revenue contributions to state and local budgets.
The plus side included projections that 100 of Twin River's 900 jobs are held by local residents and another 800 by Rhode Islanders overall, and also a forecast that the expansion will create 350 new in-house jobs along with 300 others in supporting businesses.
The Call is launching a new weekly magazine entitled â€śBurbs,â€ť which replaces our weekly â€śNeighbors.â€ť The free publication will be mailed/delivered to non-subscribers of The Call and contain stories and sports from our communities.
â€śBurbsâ€ť will also include entertainment, whatâ€™s hot in the world of apps, games, songs and books, as well as a list of things to do in Providence and surrounding communities, traffic advisories, a kidsâ€™ page and the best places to dine.
WOONSOCKET â€” Before it served city middle school students, the former Woonsocket Middle School at Park Square had quite a long history as home to Woonsocket High School and its junior high school program.
That history could soon become a film for use by schools, libraries and historical societies if two local filmmakers, Scott Gabrielson and Jason Allard have their way.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Fitch Ratings re-affirmed the town's AA municipal bond rating, which means the town will be able to secure a lower interest rate when it sells bonds to finance major projects.
Fitch Ratings is one of three private companies that rates the credit risk of companies and municipalities planning to sell debt. It has 10 â€śinvestment gradeâ€ť categories ranging from a best of AAA to BBB-. The ratings allow investors to form an opinion on whether they are likely to be repaid.
DENVER â€” In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger.
Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to "double down" on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago â€” and of evasiveness on details for Romney proposals on tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.