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August 26th, 2012

City gets OK to sell off bins

August 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has gotten the Budget Commission’s OK to negotiate the sale of thousands of surplus trash bins, but it turns out he doesn’t have as much bargaining leverage as he hoped.
The bins are so awkwardly bulky, and there are so many of them — over 10,000 in all — that it would be a logistical nightmare to transport them very far, says Fontaine.
Translation: They’re almost certainly heading for the neighboring town of Cumberland.

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N.S. Police launch new tip line

August 26, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The North Smithfield Police Department announced that it has launched a new telephone “tip line” for residents to call anonymously with information to help solve crimes.
Effective immediately, the number is 401-762-9983, the police said in a statement. The tip line can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The purpose of this line is to allow any member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous to call this number to report criminal activity or any suspicious activity that is occurring ...” the statement says.

August 25th

Museum of Work & Culture to host 14th Labor Day open house

August 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting its 14th annual Labor Day open house celebration, sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.

Woonsocket Police promote three officers

August 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Friends and family members watched as the Woonsocket Police Department promoted three officers Friday in a ceremony at Harris Hall.
Edward Cunanan, a law enforcement professional since 1990, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Sean Carpenter and John Raymond were bumped up from officers to sergeants.
During his career at the Woonsocket Police Department, Cunanan has done stints in the juvenile division, the tactical unit and the gang unit. He’s also a member of the Special Reaction Team (SRT), the Honor Guard, and the detective division, where he currently serves.

August 24th

Police seek dad, son in AC thefts

August 24, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Police seek the public’s help in locating two men wanted on felony larceny warrants.
The warrants were issued for Larry A. Bates Sr., 52, and Larry A. Bates Jr., 29, both of whom are allegedly responsible for the theft of commercial HVAC units from several businesses in North Smithfield. The dollar amount of the units exceeds $50,000, police said.
Police said the two men may be armed with a gun and operating a 1998 white Dodge with white painted windows. The vehicle's Rhode Island combination plate is 67167.

New MacColl YMCA opens with a splash

August 24, 2012

LINCOLN – Calling it Northern Rhode Island’s "premier" health and fitness center, the man described by associates as the driving force and creative genius behind MacColl YMCA’s new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot family fitness center said the state-of-the-art facility will be at the forefront of helping families and communities maintain healthy lifestyles.

August 23rd

Board greenlights fair funding appeal

August 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee yesterday won the Budget Commission’s unanimous support to appeal to the state Supreme Court a recent lower court ruling that put the kibosh on its efforts to pry some additional funding from the state to run public schools.
The litigation, initiated in partnership with Pawtucket in 2009, has cost the two cities roughly $275,000 so far, including $102,000 from Woonsocket, according to Samuel D. Zurier, one of the lawyers handling the suit.

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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

August 23, 2012

BLACKSTONE – Mosquitoes captured from a surveillance site off Gaskill Street, just over the state line from Woonsocket, have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Bay State’s Department of Public Health confirmed on Thursday.
The state now plans on spraying the area with mosquito-killing insecticide after 8 p.m. on Monday. This is the same type of spraying that has been done elsewhere using the pesticide sumithrin, according to the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project.

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Changes to voting locations in North Smithfield

August 23, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — As a result of statewide voter redistricting, there will be some changes to voting locations in North Smithfield.
For the first time in years, the Kendall Dean School will no longer be used as a polling place, which now reduces the number of polling locations in town to six.
The polling location changes are among several across Rhode Island this election year as a result of redistricting when political boundaries are redrawn to conform with new population numbers in the once-a-decade Census.

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August 22nd

Sister says Officer Cahill strangled her

August 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 23-year-old city policeman who has been suspended without pay and charged with felony assault allegedly choked his 9-year-old sister, according to reports released by the Woonsocket Police Department Wednesday.
Two sisters were at their father’s house when the 9-year-old went downstairs where Patrick Cahill was watching television and asked if she could go outside, according to the report.

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