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February 18th, 2013
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Something seemed out of place when the pastor of St. Charles Barromeo parish went out to shovel snow off the church steps Saturday morning, but he couldn‚Äôt immediately put his finger on it.
Suddenly, the Rev. Gerald Finnegan realized what it was: some 60 feet of bronze hand rail that had been bolted to the granite staircase were gone. Police say the rails were likely snatched by thieves and sold for scrap.
Young hockey fans cheer for the Mount St. Charles boys hockey team as they take on Malden Catholic High School at Adelard Arena Friday night.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ An end of the fiscal year surplus of over $600,000, lower taxes, a favorable bond rating and a fully-funded pension account are some of the accomplishments the town realized last year.
Those were some of the highlights in Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton's annual "State of the Town" address delivered to the Northern Rhode Island Advisory Group, a small business affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce, earlier this month at Banneker Industries.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒThere is a lot about Thomas E. Mundy that local folks will be remembering following his death at the age of 92 on Jan. 26.
Some will remember him for his longtime service on the North Smithfield School Committee; or for the floral business, Mundy‚Äôs Flower and Greenhouses, that he ran with his wife of 67 years, Clare (Ide) Mundy, on Victory Highway; or for his family life and work with local youth sports.
BELLINGHAM ‚ÄĒ Election season in Bellingham is officially under way.
Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian has posted the calendar for the 2013 town election season. Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk's office; the last day to obtain papers is March 7.
Candidates must return papers with the signatures of at least 50 registered voters by March 26 to make it onto the ballot. The annual town election is slated Tuesday, May 7.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď With elderly homeowners bracing for a big tax hit as the city addresses its long-term structural deficit, Council President John Ward is offering some legislative help to soften the blow.
Ward is proposing a measure that would simultaneously relax eligibility requirements for the senior citizens property tax exemption while making the benefit more generous.
In recent years, the senior exemption has grown so antiquated that a paltry 19 property owners are currently taking advantage of it, according to the tax assessor‚Äôs office.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Two Woonsocket lawmakers ‚ÄĒ Rep. Robert Phillips and Sen. Marc Cote ‚ÄĒ want to offer a six-year tax break for businesses that come to or start up in Rhode Island and hire at least two people.
A new company, Phillips told The Call Thursday, would get a 50 percent reduction in its corporate tax for each of the first three years it is in business and a 25 percent reduction for the next three years.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The Cumberland Land Trust holds title to 18 properties throughout the town and has helped protect 350 acres of land acquired through purchase, donation and conservation easements.
On Monday, the Trust announced its latest acquisition: 7.4 acres of land in northern Cumberland located within the watershed of the Diamond Hill drinking water supply reservoir operated by the Pawtucket Water Supply Board.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ The first trailer for the documentary ‚ÄúSlatersville: America‚Äôs First Mill Village‚ÄĚ has been released online. The six-minute video represents a portion of the interviews filmed for the documentary, which is almost halfway through its production.
In one week the trailer has been viewed over 2,500 times on YouTube and the film‚Äôs director has received enthaustic responses from the public. This trailer will air on Rhode Island PBS.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ New laws that would permit property owners to keep chickens in residential areas for the first time have been proposed in both Woonsocket and North Smithfield.
If all plays out according to script, the City Council in Woonsocket and the Town Council in North Smithfield are on track to vote on the measures the same night, March 4.