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September 9th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The City Council's rules on "tag day" charitable collections generated a spat of sorts recently between a member of the panel and a local firefighter volunteering with the Muscular Distrophy Association's (MDA) annual fundraising drive.
Firefighter and rescue member Justin Prophet appeared before the Council during the panel's public comment period last Monday night to address concerns raised by City Councilman Roger Jalette on a radio talk show with regard to the fire department's MDA fundraising.
CUMBERLAND â The town will receive more than $64,000 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) as part of the statewide Recycling Revenue Share Program.
Cumberland delivered 3,023.77 tons of recycled material for a total profit share of $64,838. The money will help support local recycling programs.
RIRRC is providing cities and towns with the cash rebates based on how much each municipality has increased its recycling rate. The corporation has made $1.94 million in profits from the sale of household recyclables this year, which will be disbursed to 36 communities.
A team representing The Call, aptly named âTime to Callâ (top of photo), was among 21 squads that participated Saturday in the Chinese Dragon Boat Races along the Blackstone River, which are part of the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival. Also pictured are the "Electric Dragons" (front), who won the heat, and the "RI Hash House Harriers."
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The North Smithfield Emergency Management Association (EMA) has begun collaborative talks with agencies in Burrillville, Glocester and Smithfield with the goal of sharing staff and pooling resources as a regional emergency management team to help residents in the three communities weather storms and other emergency situations.
The first of several monthly meetings was held recently at the North Smithfield Town Hall to address current needs and future objectives, North Smithfield Town Administrator and Public Safety Director Paulette D. Hamilton said Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET â Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center have reached an agreement to extend their existing reimbursement contract, ending the threat that the health insurerâs members would not be covered for services rendered at the hospital.
Provided the pact is approved by the Superior Court â a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday â Blue Cross will honor the terms of its existing reimbursement agreement with Landmark until Dec. 31, or 90 days after Steward Health Care purchases the hospital, whichever comes first.
WOONSOCKET â Former funeral director Todd Lauzon has been ordered to serve four years in prison for embezzling money from numerous clients who purchased prearranged funeral contracts from him between 2002 and 2009.
Lauzon, 39, was sentenced by Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to 30 counts of embezzlement, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Vogelâs full sentence was 20 years, with four to serve, and the balance suspended, with probation. She also ordered Lauzon to make $137,000 in restitution to his victims.
WOONSOCKET â A spokesman for Republican congressional challenger Brendan Doherty said Wednesday he will remove a campaign sign from private property on South Main Street after a complaint about the size of the advertising was filed at the cityâs zoning office.
âWe donât want to ruffle any feathers,â said Robert Coupe, spokesman for the campaign. âIf thereâs a complaint, weâll remove it.â
Jeff Burlingame, a city firefighter, told The Call he filed the complaint because the sign is larger than the zoning code allows for political advertising.
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BURRILLVILLE â The School Committee later this month will formally honor School Superintendent Frank W. Pallotta Jr. for being named Rhode Island's 2013 School Superintendent of the Year.
A special ceremony will be held prior to the committee's regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Members of the Town Council will also be on hand to present Dr. Pallotta with a special council resolution. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include refreshments.
UXBRIDGE â After searching for hours, investigators recovered the bodies of a woman and her young daughter from the charred rubble of an 18th century farmhouse near the West Hill Dam Tuesday morning.
The victims were identified late yesterday as 45-year-old Suzanne Donovan and her daughter Fini, 6, who started the first grade a few days ago.
They were killed when a fast-moving inferno transformed their home into an unrecognizable heap of blackened cinders and debris about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
CUMBERLAND â Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.