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July 29th, 2012

City taking part in National Night Out

July 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – National Night Out will take place at River Island Park on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The event, which takes place in cities and towns all over the country, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). It is co-sponsored by the Woonsocket Police Department and Woonsocket Safe Communities.
National Night Out was conceived as vehicle for law-abiding citizens to tell criminals to get out of town.

Residents can use new bins right away

July 29, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — A delivery truck began dropping off new trash and recycling carts to residents last week for the new automated cart based, curbside residential trash and recycling program, which starts Monday, Aug. 6.
Residents can start using the new bins right away. Trash should be secured in plastic bags (not loose) and completely in the bin so the lid closes securely. Recycling can be mixed in the one bin, again completely in the bins so the lid closes.
There will be information on the new program tied to the cart handle. A guide was also mailed out to homeowners earlier in the month.

July 28th

Steward asks for extension of deadline to close on sale

July 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Steward Health Care has asked Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to extend yesterday’s deadline for the for-profit hospital chain to close on the sale of Landmark Medical Center.
Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Kilmartin, said the office will make a decision on Monday after reviewing the request. The attorney general had given Steward 60 days to close on the sale as a condition of approval under the Hospital Conversions Act.

CumberlandFest just around the corner

July 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.

July 26th

City inks $6.5 million deal with Synagro

July 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Synagro Technologies Inc.’s plan for a $10 million heat-to-energy cogeneration facility took a giant leap forward yesterday after the Budget Commission approved a $6.5 million deal on taxes for the new construction.
The cash, to be parceled out over 20 years, isn’t the only perk in the works for the struggling city. There’s cheap electricity in the deal, too, and it’s “green,” to boot.

Read more in our print edition.

July 25th

Poll: Blue Cross would be blamed if sale falls through

July 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — If the sale of Landmark Medical Center falls through, most Rhode Islanders would blame Blue Cross, a new poll suggests.
The poll, conducted by Marttila Strategies of Boston, was commissioned by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Landmark Medical Center, and Steward Health Care, the for-profit chain that wants to buy Landmark.

Residents to weigh in on fire merger

July 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Residents will get the opportunity on Aug. 7 to offer input on a proposed plan to consolidate the town's fire services as a single municipal public safety department that would not only include the town's four independent fire districts, but emergency medical service and police as well.

July 24th

Vote stalls St. Francis House expansion

July 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The Zoning Board of Review voted 3-2 in support of a proposed expansion of residential use at the former St. Francis House at 167 Blackstone St., but not by a large enough majority to approve developer Gary Fernandes' request for more units.
The five zoners rendering the decision would have had to vote at least 4-1 in favor to grant approval under zoning board rules.

Judge lifts freeze on Landmark lawsuit

July 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge yesterday granted Landmark Medical Center’s motion to lift a freeze on its lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving it to death with illegally stingy reimbursements — but he stopped short of letting the suit go forward.
After a contentious, three-hour hearing, Judge Michael Silverstein ordered Landmark and Blue Cross for written briefs and said he would decide whether the suit has any merit on Aug. 30.

Councilman Moreau discharged from hospital

July 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Councilman Robert Moreau was hospitalized for 38 days after a bout with kidney cancer turned unexpectedly life-threatening.
Moreau, 50, who was recently discharged, said he may be well enough to attend the next meeting of the council on Aug. 6.

Read more in our print edition.

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