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January 29th, 2013

Dire and ominous budget forecast

January 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The City Council held a “state of the budget” work session with administration and state officials Monday night and settled on a forecast that could only be described as dire and ominous.
Not only is the city once again looking at an operating deficit well over $14 million for the current fiscal year, it could also be dealing with that same figure each year through 2017 if drastic changes to city spending or state financial support are not made.

Bird owner pecks away at anti-chicken ordinance

January 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – There may be hope yet for Alexander Kithes’ embattled backyard chickens.
City Councilman Marc Dubois says he’s seriously considering a proposal to lift the ban on keeping chickens, just as other cities and towns have done.
It may be time for the zoning ordinance to reflect modern sensibilities about food as more and more people, like the Kithes, seek to grow their own for environmental and health reasons, he says.

January 28th

Privatization hits roadblock

January 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Budget Commission has refused to let the city’s plan to privatize a new water treatment plant move forward after hearing from a well-organized band of opponents at its last meeting.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission and one of the staunchest advocates of privatization, says the panel could revisit the issue as early as Feb. 5.

Burrillville hires two officers

January 28, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — The Burrillville Police Department has two new officers.
Officers Holly Barrett and Robert Veader were sworn in by Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf on Jan. 23 as family members and friends looked on in Town Hall.
Both officers graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy on Dec. 19 and are presently participating in the Field Training Officer Program, said Major Lareto P. Guglietta.
Officer Barrett, 25, is a resident of North Smithfield, a graduate of North Smithfield High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Rhode Island College.

January 27th

Mardi Gras queen crowned

January 27, 2013

The Woonsocket Mardi Gras Queen’s coronation took place yesterday at The Cakery in Woonsocket. Standing with King Jace are, from left, his queen, Sandy Paul, 2nd princess Kayla Guilbeault, and 1st princess Jo-Ann Maurice.

Car drives onto frozen Cass Pond

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A city woman’s morning traffic mishap landed her stranded in her car on frozen Cass Pond Friday morning and also the target of a rescue by a Woonsocket High School student.
Witnesses saw the car operated by Viengxay Kmon crash through a guardrail near the merge of Elm Street and Cass Avenue at about 7:56 a.m. and then roll down an embankment out onto the ice of the pond nearby Woonsocket High School.

Sprinkler line breaks at City Hall

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The building problems at City Hall continued on Saturday when a sprinkler system line broke in a little used space of the building and caused a small water problem, according to fire officials.
City Hall and the connected historic Harris Hall building at 169 Main St. lost their main heating system last week and were being kept warm by isolated electric heating systems and space heaters where possible. The problem turned serious by midweek as area temperatures dropped below 20 degrees and raised the specter of frozen water pipes.

BRINGING STORIES TO LIFE

January 27, 2013

Storyteller Victoria Burnett tells the story of ‘Marbella and the Cat Club’ during the 4th annual Family Story-telling Concert Thursday night at YWCA Rhode Island, in Woonsocket, presented by the Rhode Island Black Storytellers — creators of Funda Fest.

Town unveils streaming on-demand video service

January 27, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Town cable access technician and operator Paul Jacob says it's now easier than ever to stay informed when it comes to municipal government proceedings in Blackstone.
The town has unveiled a new streaming and on-demand video service that is operational on the Blackstone municipal government web site at www.townofblackstone.org.

Police charge two WHS students with marijuana possession

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Police arrested two Woonsocket High School students on charges of possession of marijuana after investigating a report of smoking in a bathroom of the nearby Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center on Thursday.
Nicholas Caterino, 18, was charged with possession of marijuana, a first offense, after Patrolman Michael Theroux, a police department school resource officer, found him in possession of a bag of marijuana and a bong during an investigation of the incident at the school, according to police.

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