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December 28th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€“ Mayor Daniel McKee is mulling a bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.
â€śItâ€™s something Iâ€™m giving serious consideration to,â€ť McKee, a Democrat, told The Times Thursday. â€śI have interest in exploring that as an option. Itâ€™s a few years away, but itâ€™s not too early to start thinking about that if you actually want to make an effort toward it. Itâ€™s something that is worth looking at so I am taking a look at it.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A plan to begin sending property tax bills to some organizations that have traditionally been exempt is apparently on ice after the Budget Commission split on the issue in a 2-2 tie Thursday.
With Mayor Leo Fontaine absent due to an illness, Commission Chairman Bill Sequino and Peder Schaefer voted not to send out the tax bills, while Dina Dutremble and City Council President were in favor of doing so.
Based on the split, Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste says itâ€™s unclear what he should do and heâ€™s going to need a formal legal opinion before he moves one way or the other.
LINCOLN â€” A sobering pre-New Yearâ€™s message about the dangers of drinking and driving was issued yesterday by State Police and the self-described numbers-crunchers of highway injury statistics, but no one put it more eloquently than Tori Andreozzi.
She said nothing.
Incapable of speaking, the 22-year-old woman sat awkwardly in a wheelchair while a family member held a sign above her head that said, â€śI am the victim of a drunk driver.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church will hold a special memorial New Year's Eve worship service on Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Led by the Rev. Lynn McCracken, the service will be "a time of remembrance surrounding the tragic loss of life from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a reflection for the new year ahead," McCracken said.
LINCOLN â€” A Woonsocket man faces a charge of drunken driving after allegedly driving onto the wrong on-ramp to Route 116 early Saturday morning.
Patrolman Richard J. Bousquet reported responding to an accident at that location and found Dana W. Braley, 50, of Papineau Avenue, Woonsocket, sitting on the grass at the side of the vehicle, highly intoxicated.
Sonny Kelly of Gladu Wrecking and Recycling looks on as Marco Berube, operating the excavator, begins the process of demolishing the Bouvier Furniture Company building on North Main Street in Woonsocket Wednesday. The building will be completely leveled by the end of the year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was another year dominated by the cityâ€™s teetering financial condition, but that wasnâ€™t the only big story of 2012.
A World War I monument that most people never thought twice about â€“ if they were aware of it at all â€“ suddenly gained new notoriety when it was attacked by a Wisconsin atheist group. The governorâ€™s determination to spare an accused killer from the death penalty triggered an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. And the career of a rising political star was unexpectedly nipped in the bud.
Hereâ€™s a recap of the Top 10 from 2012, in reverse order:
A Providence & Worcester Railroad train waits to depart from the Woonsocket train depot on a run of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's annual holiday offering of the Polar Express. The station was once a key transportation link for the city but now serves as a headquarters for the Blackstone River Valley National Hertiage Corridor and only hosts special visits of passenger trains for events like the Polar Express, movie productions, or fall foliage tours.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Richard Nixon was president then, the Beatles were still a band, and men in space suits were still a few months shy of walking on the moon.
Deputy Fire Chief E. Craig Beausoleil joined the North Smithfield Fire Department in 1969, a time when the all-volunteer squad of good samaritans could hardly be called a department at all.
After 45 years on the job, Beausoleil will come to work for the last time Thursday, saying so-long to the only job heâ€™s ever known as an adult.
The Cumberland High School Clef Singers performed at a concert Thursday night in the community room at Cumberland Public Library.