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February 28th, 2012

Lincoln water main ruptures

February 28, 2012

LINCOLN — A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.

Woonsocket's medieval dining room reopens

February 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When Evo “Curly” Donnini christened it “Hampton Court” in 1972, the upper deck of his famous Ciro’s Restaurant was already in a time warp — in a good way.
The late founder of Ciro’s envisioned Hampton Court as a sort of Tudor-inspired rendition of a medieval, English castle, circa King Edward III, and he spared no expense in getting the details right. He covered the walls with lavish, oak paneling imported from England, hung hand-crafted chandeliers from the ceiling and plunked French crystal on the tables beside sterling silver dinner utensils.

February 26th

The oldest of them all: The Freemasons

February 26, 2012

Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.

February 25th

Pedestrian injured in parking lot

February 25, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A 68-year-old female pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a car in the parking lot of the Slatersville post office Thursday, police said.
Marie Lessard, of 43 Warwick St., Woonsocket, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries police said were not life-threatening.
A car operated by Christopher Koney, 61, of Georgianna Drive, struck Lessard outside the post office, located at 15 Main St., at 2:38 p.m. Police said Lessard was walking through the parking lot when Koney struck her as he was backing out of a parking space.

A long haul if Romney loses Michigan

February 25, 2012

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Losing the Michigan primary would strip the last of the varnish off the image of Mitt Romney as the inevitable GOP presidential nominee and commit him to the long march he says he's in shape for.
A victory by rival Rick Santorum on Tuesday would be a public-relations nightmare for Romney, who was born and raised in Michigan. But Romney's campaign still would carry on with more money than any candidate and remain better organized to compete to the end.

$100K grant will enhance Main Street

February 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The city has received a $100,000 grant to develop a plan to make Main Street a more inviting, robust place to live, work and shop.
The “Main Street Livability Plan” is intended to pump new vitality into the area with streetscape improvements, innovative zoning, a traffic flow study and additional parking, according to City Planner Jennifer Siciliano.

FLOWER POWER

February 25, 2012

During the annual R.I. Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center Friday, Joe Mack, left, of Earth & Water Landscapes of Lincoln, and Craig Marciniak, of Tranquil Water Gardens of Cumberland, look over their collaborative garden called "Garden of Hope," created in partnership with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In the foreground are the many memorial ribbons that visitors have created. The flower show runs through Sunday.

February 23rd

Chafee hints at withdrawing meal tax hike if revenue strong enough

February 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
“We’re hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,” Chafee said. “Let’s hope those May numbers continue the positive trend they’re on.”

February 22nd

Pension reform sparks police, fire retirements

February 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Continuing concern over pension reform and the city’s shaky financial condition are helping fuel one of the biggest retirement waves among police and firefighters since 2009.
Fourteen workers have tendered retirement papers since December — six police officers and eight firefighters, according to figures supplied by the city’s personnel department.
Nearly 50 additional public safety employees, including 18 police officers and 26 firefighters, are currently eligible to retire with at least minimum basic pension benefits.

Expect big hikes in sewer fees

February 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The much-bemoaned financial burden of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant will begin hitting home in the form of steep hikes in sewer fees as soon as the next bills go out in May.
The average homeower’s bill of $69.23 per quarter will rise by some 12 percent, effective immediately, followed by a series of increases in each of the next four calendar years of 11, 11, 5 and 5 percent, respectively, under an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council.

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