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December 16th

City to ask state for extension to do audit

December 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Despite the reluctance of finance officials, the Budget Commission has voted to petition the state auditor general to allow the city an extra month to submit audited financial statements of last year’s books, or until Jan. 31.
Finance Director Thomas Bruce wanted to put out a draft audit as soon as possible because, on the city side, the ledgers are expected to show a surplus in the range of $280,000 for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

December 15th

HEART TO HEART CONVERSATION

December 15, 2012

Seven-year-old Alana Montanez, of Woonsocket, chats with Santa Claus as Mrs. Claus looks on during the Connecting For Children & Families annual Holiday Celebration for member families at Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket Thursday night. In addition to the free buffet, families were treated to Christmas carols by members of the Woonsocket Middle School Glee Club, as well as Christmas crafts and other activities.

Public meeting Monday night on rezoning

December 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Zoning: It’s not exactly a subject that captures the imagination, at least not until somebody starts building a gas station next door to your house.
But there’s no time like the present to get interested, because the city is in the midst of the most sweeping effort in years to rezone city lands – maybe yours.

Internet surveillance leads to arrest, recovery of stolen athletic items

December 15, 2012

LINCOLN – A local youth sports volunteer’s internet surveillance effort helped police recover a trove of stolen goods from a local man’s apartment Thursday.
The volunteer had been keeping an eye out for items that the Lincoln Youth Soccer Association lost in a September break-in at Public Self Storage on Washington Highway and hit paydirt while checking out sports equipment offerings on the Craigslist website, according to Police Chief Brian Sullivan.

December 14th

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

December 14, 2012

Pat Dempster, left, executive director of Because He Lives Ministries, was the recipient of a large collection of non-perishable food items collected by members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild during their recent holiday party. Pictured presenting the donations at the Teachers Guild Offices Wednesday are, from left, Guild President Jeff Partington; Jessica Frechette, special education teacher at Globe Park School; Rebecca Ducharme, special education teacher at Woonsocket Middle School-Villanovan; and Ruth Senecal, special education para professional at Woonsocket High School.

Police seize marijuana, cash, silver bars

December 14, 2012

GLOCESTER – Police seized 47 marijuana plants, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $15,000 in cash from the home of a local man Friday.
James A. Kerner, 56, of Gold Mine Road, was arraigned in Third District Court on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and unlawful cultivation of marijuana, both felonies, police said.

City hires watchdog firm for new plant

December 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – At a cost of $1.04 million over four years, the city hired a watchdog firm to oversee the planning, design and construction of a new, $36 million wastewater treatment plant.
The Budget Commission voted unanimously Thursday to hire the wastewater consulting firm Weston & Sampson of Peabody, Mass., on the recommendation of Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.

December 13th

Budget Commission weighs in on pawn shop brouhaha

December 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Budget Commission yesterday instructed Police Chief Thomas Carey to see whether a Fall River-based pawnbroker ran afoul of any laws at a shop in Danvers, Mass., before it decides whether to consider granting the company a license to do business here.
Vincent Mesolella Jr. appealed to the commission after the City Council rejected Spindle City Pawnbrokers’ application for a second-hand dealer’s license last week.

December 12th

The green bins can stay, but blues are going away

December 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Say so long to the blues — blue trash carts, that is.
The familiar 64-gallon bins will begin disappearing from sidewalks after next week’s trash collection rounds begin on Monday. Their burgundy and green companion bins will be left behind as the longstanding trio of the city’s waste pickup formula is broken up for good.
Deemed obsolete in the age of single-stream recycling, the blue bins — an estimated 10,300 of them in all — have been sold off to the neighboring town of Cumberland for $14 each.

Woman's face bitten in domestic disturbance

December 12, 2012

LINCOLN – A Lower River Road woman’s amicable relationship with her ex-boyfriend turned sour on Friday when he allegedly became violent during a domestic disturbance and bit her face.
Patrolman Steven M. Tellier reported finding the 39-year-old victim with red marks on her face consistent with a bite after responding to the 2:35 a.m. disturbance at 864 Lower River Road with fellow police officers.

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