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January 28th

Privatization hits roadblock

January 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The Budget Commission has refused to let the city’s plan to privatize a new water treatment plant move forward after hearing from a well-organized band of opponents at its last meeting.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission and one of the staunchest advocates of privatization, says the panel could revisit the issue as early as Feb. 5.

Burrillville hires two officers

January 28, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — The Burrillville Police Department has two new officers.
Officers Holly Barrett and Robert Veader were sworn in by Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf on Jan. 23 as family members and friends looked on in Town Hall.
Both officers graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy on Dec. 19 and are presently participating in the Field Training Officer Program, said Major Lareto P. Guglietta.
Officer Barrett, 25, is a resident of North Smithfield, a graduate of North Smithfield High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Rhode Island College.

January 27th

Mardi Gras queen crowned

January 27, 2013

The Woonsocket Mardi Gras Queen’s coronation took place yesterday at The Cakery in Woonsocket. Standing with King Jace are, from left, his queen, Sandy Paul, 2nd princess Kayla Guilbeault, and 1st princess Jo-Ann Maurice.

Car drives onto frozen Cass Pond

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A city woman’s morning traffic mishap landed her stranded in her car on frozen Cass Pond Friday morning and also the target of a rescue by a Woonsocket High School student.
Witnesses saw the car operated by Viengxay Kmon crash through a guardrail near the merge of Elm Street and Cass Avenue at about 7:56 a.m. and then roll down an embankment out onto the ice of the pond nearby Woonsocket High School.

Sprinkler line breaks at City Hall

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The building problems at City Hall continued on Saturday when a sprinkler system line broke in a little used space of the building and caused a small water problem, according to fire officials.
City Hall and the connected historic Harris Hall building at 169 Main St. lost their main heating system last week and were being kept warm by isolated electric heating systems and space heaters where possible. The problem turned serious by midweek as area temperatures dropped below 20 degrees and raised the specter of frozen water pipes.

BRINGING STORIES TO LIFE

January 27, 2013

Storyteller Victoria Burnett tells the story of ‘Marbella and the Cat Club’ during the 4th annual Family Story-telling Concert Thursday night at YWCA Rhode Island, in Woonsocket, presented by the Rhode Island Black Storytellers — creators of Funda Fest.

Town unveils streaming on-demand video service

January 27, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Town cable access technician and operator Paul Jacob says it's now easier than ever to stay informed when it comes to municipal government proceedings in Blackstone.
The town has unveiled a new streaming and on-demand video service that is operational on the Blackstone municipal government web site at www.townofblackstone.org.

Police charge two WHS students with marijuana possession

January 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Police arrested two Woonsocket High School students on charges of possession of marijuana after investigating a report of smoking in a bathroom of the nearby Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center on Thursday.
Nicholas Caterino, 18, was charged with possession of marijuana, a first offense, after Patrolman Michael Theroux, a police department school resource officer, found him in possession of a bag of marijuana and a bong during an investigation of the incident at the school, according to police.

Town mailing out census forms

January 27, 2013

BELLINGHAM — Town Clerk Ann L. Odabashian says the 2013 town census is beginning and census forms are being mailed to the 6,000 households in Bellingham beginning this month.
In most cases, verification of current information is all that will be needed. Simple instructions are included for making any changes, corrections, additions or deletions. If any resident does not receive a form or has any questions, they are asked to contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 657-2830.

January 25th

Liberty Market back in business

January 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Yes, watching smoke billowing from the ceiling of the family business can be a frightening thing, but when fire forced Liberty Market to close last month, no one seemed more annoyed than his customers, says Jamil Sheikh.
Whether they were looking for a quart of milk or a can of soup, “A lot of people were telling me it was too far to go someplace else to get things,” says Sheikh.

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