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October 6th, 2012

Autumnfest is off and running

October 6, 2012

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.

October 5th

Two store owners charged in DVD piracy

October 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET – 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. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.

Giguere receives suspended sentence

October 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET – 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 Giguere’s co-workers for blowing the whistle on her when they suspected Giguere of mishandling money.

Concerns aired at Twin River expansion forum

October 5, 2012

LINCOLN — 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.

Call launches new publication

October 5, 2012

The Call is launching a new weekly magazine entitled “Burbs,” which replaces our weekly “Neighbors.” The free publication will be mailed/delivered to non-subscribers of The Call and contain stories and sports from our communities.
“Burbs” will also include entertainment, what’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 kids’ page and the best places to dine.

October 4th

Filmmakers look to use old high school

October 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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's AA bond rating reaffirmed

October 4, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — 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 “investment grade” 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.

October 3rd

Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

October 3, 2012

DENVER — 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 — and of evasiveness on details for Romney proposals on tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.

City man picked up for domestic strangulation

October 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 24-year-old city man was charged with domestic assault by strangulation, domestic kidnapping and other charges. Police said they lodged the charges against Shane Michael Hall after speaking to officers from Franklin, Mass. on Monday.
The Massachusetts officers said the victim, a 19-year-old woman, told them she had been assaulted by Hall in Franklin that same day and they were giving her a courtesy ride back to Woonsocket. When they interviewed her, Franklin police said, the woman also revealed she had been brutally strangled by Hall in Woonsocket on Sept. 26.

Oily rags cause fire at Mendon Road medical building

October 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Oil-soaked rags left behind by a painter have been blamed for causing an overnight fire Wednesday that gutted a medical office building on Mendon Road.
“The investigation is complete and it’s being ruled accidental,” said Woonsocket Fire Capt. Michael A. Morin, assistant deputy state fire marshal. “Oil-soaked rags are a spontaneous combustion hazard because, as the oil oxidizes, heat is released. If the heat is not dissipated, it can build up and ignite the rags.”

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