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February 16th, 2013

Election season officially under way in Bellingham

February 16, 2013

BELLINGHAM — 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.

Legislative help may soften financial blow for seniors

February 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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’s office.

Tax break proposed for job creators

February 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Two Woonsocket lawmakers — Rep. Robert Phillips and Sen. Marc Cote — 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.

February 14th

Cumberland Land Trust acquires watershed site

February 14, 2013

CUMBERLAND — 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.

Trailer for Slatersville documentary released online

February 14, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The first trailer for the documentary “Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village” 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’s director has received enthaustic responses from the public. This trailer will air on Rhode Island PBS.

Chicken fervor spreads in northern Rhode Island

February 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET — 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.

February 13th

Woonsocket school board votes to send only 41 teacher layoff notices

February 13, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to send layoff notices to 41 of the district’s 485 teachers, the number recommended by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan.
The move defied the recommendation of the state Budget Commission, the body in charge of balancing the city’s budget.
Donoyan told the committee she had received the Budget Commission request by telephone on Wednesday afternoon and did not have any additional information supporting it.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION HELD IN LINCOLN

February 13, 2013

Alex Martinez, of Cumberland, center, is all smiles after being crowned Mardi Gras King at the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday night. Joining him in the fun are Mardi Gras Queen Emily Gnys, left, Prince Jacob Jordan, in back, and Princess Kayla Tannock. The supper took place at Christ Church Episcopal in Lincoln.

'Pay to Play' debated at Statehouse

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE — When the North Smithfield public schools tried to raise money for interscholastic sports in 2009 by assessing participation fees, some students paid the charge willingly, but the move was met with legal challenges and dropped when booster clubs raised the necessary money to run the teams.

February 11th

Risk team completes analysis of schools

February 11, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — A special risk assessment team formed in December to evaluate existing school safety measures and review ideas and proposals to improve school safety has completed a safety assessment for each of the district's five schools and will draft a report for review by municipal and school leaders.
The Risk Assessment Team was put into place two weeks after the Dec. 14 tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where a guman killed his mother before opening fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults.

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