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November 24th, 2012

RI to foreclose to Glenark, but mayor says city is owed $200K

November 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Rhode Island Housing, the owner of Glenark Landing, is taking the 67-unit, subsidized housing complex into foreclosure.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says the state agency owes the city over $200,000, money lent to the original developers of the mill-to-apartment conversion project in 1988.
Fontaine said foreclosure would wipe out the debt, but the city might not give up so easily. The mayor wants the City Council to explore its options at a briefing session Monday night, including the possibility of legal action.

November 23rd

Council not sold on Jalette proposal

November 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Councilman Roger Jalette says the city sometimes assesses sewer and trash fees to dwelling units deemed unfit for occupancy, but it’s unfair to the property owners and shouldn’t be allowed.
The longtime councilman introduced a proposal to rectify the situation earlier this week, but colleagues on the City Council voted to table the measure for further study.
Councilman Daniel Gendron, vice president of the panel, said one of his concerns is that the proposal could become administratively unwieldy and open the door to abuses.

Wind in their sales

November 23, 2012

LINCOLN – The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store “maps” to help customers find what they were looking for.

November 22nd

Kitchen to serve Christmas dinner

November 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET – After running a local soup kitchen for 25 years, Pat Dempster knows there are always a few bumps that come up in the road.
Dempster’s Because He Lives Ministries experienced more than a few of those on her way to a smooth ride after losing its longtime home in the basement of the First Baptist Church on Blackstone Street and going without a home for a time.

Town sees increase in families in need

November 22, 2012

LINCOLN — It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.

Local communities late on submitting pension study plans

November 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.

November 21st

Turkey not just for Thanksgiving anymore

November 21, 2012

Take a good look at that bird you’re about to slice today.
Look familiar?
Maybe not. But it should.
In the race for top billing among America’s most-consumed meat and poultry products, the venerable turkey still trots far behind chicken, beef and pork. But turkey’s made some great strides in recent years, and it’s no thanks to Thanksgiving Day.

Accidental blaze damages St. Michael's Ukrainian Church

November 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET – When Tina Perkins answered the pounding on the rectory door, the pastor’s wife from St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
Flames had broken through the roof of the iconic granite church located at 74 Harris Ave., just 20 yards or so from the side door of the rectory.
“The firefighters were banging on the door, telling us to get the kids out of the house,” she said. “The back of the church was engulfed in flames. It got up into the roof and was coming through the rafters.”

Tree to be planted for Mailhot victims

November 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Stacie Goulet, Audrey Harris, and Christine Dumont will get the River Island Park memorial their families had been promised but never saw completed.
The City Council on Monday voted unanimously to allow the families to plant a tree near a plaque that had been installed in at the park when the families saw Jeffery Mailhot convicted in March of 2006 of the serial killings of Harris, 33, and Dumont, 42, and Goulet, 25.

November 20th

Man arrested twice in city within hours

November 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A city man was arrested twice in a matter of hours this weekend, once for assaulting his girlfriend and a second time for violating an order to stay away from her.
The copy of the no-contact order was still in the pocket of 55-year-old Michael J. Lafferty of 133 Providence St. following his second arrest Sunday morning, shortly after being released from the police lockup.
Police said the bizarre drama began about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Lafferty pushed his girlfriend into a wall at home during what was described as an unprovoked outburst of violence.

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