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January 3rd

Prime Healthcare submits application to buy Landmark

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A California-based hospital group’s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island inched forward yesterday as the company delivered its application to purchase the hospitals to state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
State Health Director Michael Fine and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin now have 30 days to determine whether the voluminous amount of paperwork tendered by Prime Healthcare Services is complete.

January 2nd

Quest for Queen of Mardi Gras is under way

January 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – If the New Year has been rung in, that can only mean one thing: Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for the Queen of Mardi Gras 2013.
The quest for the crown is officially on, according to the Northern Rhode Island Council on the Arts, which is marking the 19th anniversary of Woonsocket Mardis Gras this year.

General Assembly to focus on the economy

January 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The 2013 General Assembly session began Tuesday with leaders of both chambers emphasizing the importance of turning Rhode Island’s ailing economy around and improving its business climate.
Commencing his fourth term as Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, saying, “The struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.”

January 1st

Democratic officials: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

January 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the White House sealed a New Year's Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to neutralize across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Democratic officials.
Under the deal, taxes would remain steady for the middle class and rise at incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples — levels higher than President Barack Obama had campaigned for in his successful drive for a second term in office.

December 31st, 2012

Police assaulted while responding to false report

December 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Police said they risked crashing their cruisers on icy, snow-choked roads as they rushed to investigate a report of a disturbance involving a gun Saturday, and this was their reward: Two cops assaulted by a man who fabricated the story.
Jody Dilazzaro, 39, was charged with assaulting Officers James Cote and Justin Mowry, who were among several policemen who responded to Dilazzaro’s Oakton Street residence about 6:40 p.m.
He was charged with two counts of assaulting public officials, resisting arrest, possession of an illegal knife and filing a fraudulent report of a crime.

Legislature starts new session

December 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island General Assembly will hit the ground running in 2013, opening its session on New Year’s Day and delving into issues such as taxes, economic development, same-sex marriage and gun control early in the year.

December 30th

Burrillville mechanic killed by falling car

December 30, 2012

BURRILLVILLE (AP) — Police say a mechanic has been killed after he was found pinned beneath a minivan and a hydraulic lift at an auto repair shop in Burrillville.
Police identified the man as 47-year-old James Cash.
Lt. John Connors of the Burrillville Police Department told NBC 10 that police received a report at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday from a woman checking up on Cash.
Police found him pinned underneath a minivan that had been improperly supported on a hydraulic lift. Police said the lift buckled and the minivan and lift fell on top of Cash.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

December 29th

Lincoln High closes 2012 with flurry of activity

December 29, 2012

LINCOLN — It was a beehive of activity over the past two months at Lincoln High School, where students took part in several programs and activities.

Town eyeing school safety measures

December 29, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — School Supt. Frank Pallotta has set up a special assessment team to evaluate existing school safety measures and review ideas and proposals to improve school safety.
In the meantime, until that team reports its findings, police patrol officers will have a presence in all of the schools on a daily basis, town officials said Friday.
The announcement comes two weeks after the Dec. 14 tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where a guman killed his mother before opening fire at the school, killing 20 children and six adults.

Bileau’s Flowers raises $1,908 for Because He Lives Ministries

December 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Bileau’s Flowers raised $1,908 for Because He Lives Ministries by raffling off a holiday gift basket this year.
Jeanne Bis, co-owner of the Diamond Hill Road flower shop, said the winning ticket-holder was Wayne Demers, who picked up his prize on Christmas Eve.
This marked the third consecutive season that Bis and Bileau’s co-owner Ralph Bileau raffled off a basket for the benefit of Because He Lives, raising more than $5,000 to date.

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