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February 9th, 2013

Rwanda’s resilience inspires student trip

February 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET — When the seniors in Woonsocket High School's Global Citizen Project found out they needed a quick down payment on a discount plane ticket to the African nation of Rwanda, strange things started happening.
"I sold one of my cars to pay for this trip," says Matt Brennan.
"My parents took a payday loan," says Camelia Niles.
"I took money out of my college fund," another says.

February 8th

DELIVERY UPDATE

February 8, 2013

Due to the anticipated severity of the blizzard overnight, there will be no delivery of the Saturday edition on Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday along with the Sunday edition. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

February 6th

MacDonald tapped as town’s new finance director

February 6, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The town has appointed a new finance director to replace Brian Silvia, who left in September to be finance director in West Warwick.
Brenda MacDonald, the town's assistant finance director, has now taken the reins as North Smithfield's new finance chief, according to Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton.
“Brenda has served the town well and will provide oversight of all financial departments, including tax collector, assessor, payroll, human resources and accounts payable,” Hamilton said.

Lowe’s relocating to North Smithfield Feb. 15

February 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The city’s loss will be North Smithfield’s gain as Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse trades in its Diamond Hill Road store for a newer model in the neighboring town’s burgeoning Dowling Village retail center next week.
The latest blow the city’s main retail strip officially takes place on Feb. 13, when Lowe’s will close the local store. The Dowling Village site will open for the first time two days later, said Natalie Turner, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s.

Commercial Block closed for code violations

February 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The few merchants left in Main Street’s prominent Commercial Block have been temporarily forced to close after city officials declared the building unsafe Monday.
Building Inspector Chris Chianese cited the owner, Stamatos Properties of Jamaica Plain, Mass., for failure to provide an approved heating system for the ground floor tenants.

BLIZZARD BABY -- Becca born 35 years ago today

February 6, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of ’78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the storm’s incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, it’s also the 35th birthday of Guilbault’s daughter, Rebecca.
As the storm’s heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.

2 Valley Reps look to protect businesses

February 6, 2013

PROVIDENCE — With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs – and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored — as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.

February 4th

Supplemental taxes part of broad plan

February 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After projecting that the city would incur a growing deficit on track to reach $95 million by 2017 the Budget Commission yesterday endorsed a still-sketchy, five-year plan to crawl back into the black, mainly through supplemental taxes, changes in union contracts and cuts in pension and other retirement benefits.

Mardi Gras 2013 lives up to annual revelry

February 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET — It was a night of fun and revelry for the 19th Annual Mardi Gras event held Saturday in Woonsocket.
Festivities took place at two locations with shuttle service bringing partygoers to and from each site —St. Ann's Art's and Cultural Center, where the crowds were entertained by Bob Leonard's Slippery Sneakers Band, a local zydeco band who has been entertaining at the Woonsocket Mardi Gras for many years, and the Elks Hall, where Jeff Gamache and his orchestra entertained the crowd. Gamache has been a local entertainer for many years including at the Woonsocket Autumnfest.

Driver in crash admits to dialing his cell

February 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The driver in a crash that knocked out power across a wide swathe of the city last week admitted he lost control while he was on his cell phone, but there isn’t much the police can do about it.
“He was preoccupied by dialing his phone, but he wasn’t texting,” said Lt. Brad Scully of the Woonsocket Police Department’s Accident Prevention Bureau. “The law says you have to be texting while driving to be cited. It’s very specific.”

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