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September 27th, 2012

Brien says Casey is violating Hatch Act

September 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Democratic State Rep. Jon Brien of Woonsocket yesterday filed a federal complaint challenging the legitimacy of the candidate who defeated him in the primary, Woonsocket firefighter Stephen M. Casey.
Brien said Casey is in violation of a law known as the Hatch Act, which prohibits employees of state, county and municipal governments from engaging in partisan political activities if their employers receive federal funds.

Schools seeking more positions

September 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state Budget Commission running city affairs hasn't yet solved a known $4 million funding shortfall in this year's $67 million school budget but that won't keep School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan from asking for additional positions when the panel meets today.

September 26th

Steward walks away from Landmark deal

September 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET – It looks like Steward Health Care is walking away from the deal to buy struggling Landmark Medical Center.
While there’s been no official notice from Steward, the special master in charge of Landmark has already begun shopping the hospital around to other prospective suitors.
“We want patients and employees to know we have a Plan B in place and we will be able to discuss the plan in greater detail in the coming days,” Fischer said Wednesday.

September 25th

HITCHIN' A RIDE

September 25, 2012

Nicole Brunelle, of Woonsocket, wheels pumpkins to her car after choosing three for home decorations at Phantom Farms in Cumberland Tuesday.

Debt exclusion override highlights Oct. 10 STM

September 25, 2012

BELLINGHAM — Voters at an Oct. 10 Special Town Meeting will take up a 23-article warrant that includes a debt exclusion override to raise taxes to pay for a $15.4 million water treatment project.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 60 Blackstone St.

Autumnfest ’12 almost wasn’t

September 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET – You won’t be able to tell from watching the parade on Columbus Day, but Autumnfest Chairman Timothy Paul says he wasn’t always sure there was going to be one this year.
A former police detective who is serving his second stint as chairman of the city’s premier civic bash, Paul revealed in an interview with The Call that he commissioned a forensic audit of the non-profit organization earlier this year because its financial records were in disarray.

September 24th

At the Autumnfest helm

September 24, 2012

The Autumnfest Steering Committee for 2012 includes, front row from left, Paul Jacob, Julie Larivee, Linda Plays, Nancy Phillips and Tim Paul. In back are Michael Dubois, Joe Therien, Tina Go, Steve Morse and Joe Barosso. Not pictured are Dave Lamoureux and Joe Martin.

Burrillville Farmers Market is No. 1

September 24, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — The Burrillville Farmers Market was named number one in Rhode Island and also finished in the top 20 for its category nationally in the American Farmland Trust's America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, which began June 1 and ended on Sept. 3
This year's contest was expanded to include all 7,175 markets that are listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's farmers market directory. The Burrillville Farmers Market came in at number one in the state and at number 20 in its category nationally with a total of 44 votes.

September 23rd

Fire district consolidation plan due next month

September 23, 2012

CUMBERLAND — After more than a year of study, the Town Council next month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council on Oct. 3, followed by the council's formal vote on the plan on Oct. 17.

Pumpkin festival in North Smithfield

September 23, 2012

Above, 5-year-old Kaitlyn Farmer of North Smithfield eyes the finish line for a first place win in the ‘pumpkin run’ at Saturday's sixth annual Great Pumpkin Festival at the high school athletic fields.

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