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February 18th, 2013

Dubois seeking seat on selectmen

February 18, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Three months after losing his election bid for state representative of the 8th Worcester District, former Blackstone Selectman Robert J. Dubois has announced he will run again for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the April 1 town election.
Dubois, a Blackstone Democrat, had previously served on the board for 24 years. He was first elected in 1986 and was chairman from 1992 to 2002. He was chairman again up until the spring of 2011 when he was defeated in his re-election bid.

Thieves make off with bronze hand rails from St. Charles

February 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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’t 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.

February 17th

BOYS' NIGHT OUT

February 17, 2013

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.

Town sees high marks for 2012 operations

February 17, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — 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.

Thanks to some young students, Mundy’s war service preserved

February 17, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD —There 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’s 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.

February 16th

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.

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