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July 4th, 2012

HAPPY 4TH!

July 4, 2012

Enjoying a Fourth of July pizza party before the start of the annual fireworks display at Tucker Field in Cumberland Tuesday night, Kersten Brothers, 14, Timothy Brothers, 12, and Makenzie Brothers, 10, of Cumberland, with Danielle Cournoyer, 11, of Woonsocket, from left, relax before the celebration begins.

Portola liquidating Cumberland plant, 51 to lose jobs

July 4, 2012

CUMBERLAND – Portola Packaging, Inc. will shut down its Portola Tech International cosmetics container division by the end of August, releasing all of its employees and liquidating manufacturing equipment.
The division is based at Portola Tech’s Martin Street plant and at another manufacturing facility in Nanhai, China, which employ a combined 225 workers, including 51 locally, a spokeswoman for human resources said.
Workers were apparently caught off-guard when they learned they were being let go several days ago.
“It’s shocking,” the spokeswoman said.

July 2nd

Panel starts paying the bills

July 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — After receiving a quarter of its state aid nine months earlier than it normally would have, the Woonsocket Education Department will pay off more than $11 million in overdue vendor bills by the end of the week.
The state-appointed Budget Commission approved the first payout of $2.5 million to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island last week, and on Monday authorized another payment of more than $2.3 million to 11 more vendors. The recipients got first dibs on the cash because they were owed at least $100,000 longer than 90 days, said Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan.

Traffic stop nets arrest for slew of charges

July 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Police discovered an intoxicated motorist in the midst a violent argument with his girlfriend after a routine traffic stop on Diamond Hill Road early Saturday.
Antonio Pedro Fontes, 30, of 839 Social St., is facing eight infractions, including drunken driving, domestic assault, domestic kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance, the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

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July 1st

Hemond challenges Hamilton in North Smithfield

July 1, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Town resident and School Committeeman George R. Hemond announced this week that he will run as an independent candidate for North Smithfield town administrator in the November general election, giving residents a second choice at the polls.
Hemond of 18 Eaton St. will challenge incumbent Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton, who has held the position since 2008.

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Schools pass on Garceau extension

July 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee has opted to turn down an extension of its former Director of Instruction and Administration's job-sharing assignment to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), at least for now.
Mark Garceau has been working for the state agency for the past year under a loan arrangement with Woonsocket, which allows his salary to be paid for through city accounts. He technically no longer works for the local school department under that arrangement, which was up for renewal Wednesday.

Their goal: share soccer with the less fortunate

July 1, 2012

WOONSOCKET – When nine-year-old Nick Kirby found out his soccer coach was donating used soccer equipment to children in Portugal, he knew what he had to do.
Nick rounded up a few pairs of soccer cleats, some shin pads and a slightly scuffed soccer ball, stuffed them in a shopping bag and handed them over to Carlos Costa at the River’s Edge Recreational Complex Thursday.
“It’s great that other kids will get to experience soccer, too,” said Kirby.

June 29th

Developer Fernandes renews St. Francis House plan

June 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A new application to convert stately St. Francis House into apartments has been filed by the same developer who already has a $3 million lawsuit pending against the city in a dispute over his rights to the property.
Gary Fernandes wants permission from the Zoning Board of Review to convert the former assisted living center into 18 apartments, 10 more than he is currently allowed.

C.F. man burned in Lincoln garage fire

June 29, 2012

LINCOLN – A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.

Split school board vote allows panel to oust leaders

June 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A power struggle simmering between members of the School Committee erupted into a public debate Wednesday night as the panel, on a 3-2 split, voted to approve a bylaw change allowing removal of a sitting chair or vice chair of the panel by a majority vote of the members.
The resolution, introduced by School Committeeman John Donlon and supported by members Vimala Phongsavanh and Eleanor Nadeau, requires two passages by the panel to take effect.

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