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September 23rd, 2011
CENTRAL FALLS â Less than two months after Central Falls filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders have put forward a five-year financial plan that, if approved by the Bankruptcy Court and creditors, would allow the city to continue to exist on its own, without being taken over by Pawtucket or carved up with the pieces parceled out among its neighbors.
LINCOLN â A record number of people came out to the Twin River Event Center on Thursday night to honor the author of a book on a record-setting baseball game, a Central Falls native who heads up the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation and other special guests at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.
WOONSOCKET â A new study says the cost of rental housing has risen faster here than any other community in the Blackstone Valley.
The HousingWorksRI 2011 Fact Book, released this week, says the average two-bedroom rent in the city during the second quarter of the year reached $993, almost 75 percent higher than it was a decade ago.
The main culprit behind skyrocketing rents is the continuing wave of foreclosures, the agency said.
WOONSOCKET â Without uttering a single word, former Mayor Susan D. Menard made it official yesterday: She will not be a candidate for mayor, leaving the freshman incumbent, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, to walk into a second term without opposition.
Menard did not return signed nomination forms to the Board of Canvassers by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, excluding herself from further competition in this season's balloting. In fact, despite publicly professing serious interest in taking on Fontaine last month, she never picked up the blank forms, which had been available at City Hall since Sept. 6.
WOONSOCKET â An observant neighbor helped police in the arrest of a city man charged with breaking into cars on North Main Street Sunday evening.
Todd J. Green, 40, of 502 North Main St., was later arrested on a charge of tampering with motor vehicles in connection with the case, police said.
Patrolman Enrique Sosa reported patrol officers responded to the 300 block of North Main Street just before 9 p.m. after a resident of the area observed a man attempting to break into a neighborâs van and went out to confront him.
WOONSOCKET â The cop who coaxed a confession from serial killer Jeff Mailhot in 2004 has just added another notch on his belt â a seat at the next installment of the FBI National Academy.
Beginning Oct. 3, Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr. will live at the prestigious academy in Quantico, Va., for about ten weeks while taking advanced courses in violent crime, computer forensics and others.
And, oh yeah, Mailhot's going with him, too â or at least his case file.
WOONSOCKET â Local historian Elizabeth Vangel noticed the old monument one day when she was conducting a census of historic sites in the River Street area last year.
She found it outside the office of the former Woonsocket Rubber Companyâs Alice Mill which, by then, had become a plant for Tech Industries.
The metal plaque was attached to a large glacial boulder and bore an inscription that she found in keeping with her studies of local residents who played a role in the nationâs Civil War.
LINCOLN â The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, âThat was outstanding.
âIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family âA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.
WOONSOCKET â With time running out to claim a place on the ballot, all the signs are pointing against former Mayor Susan D. Menard taking on incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The former seven-term mayor fulfilled a preliminary requirement for becoming a contender on Aug. 30 by filing declaration papers. To secure a spot on the ballot Menard must still return nomination papers with the signatures of at least 100 registered voters.
CUMBERLAND â "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and continues today and tomorrow.
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.