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June 29th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The state-appointed Budget Commission has hired Smithfield Town Solicitor Edmund L. Alves Jr. as its staff legal counsel.
Alves will be paid $175 per hour, minus a 15 percent discount the state has imposed on many of its employees. Though the budget commission was seated by the state, Woonsocket is responsible for Alvesâ€™ fees.
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WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission last night awarded a Denver, Colo.-based company a contract to build a new $36.6 million wastewater treatment plant designed to comply with more restrictive anti-pollution regulations.
CH2M Hill was one of three bidders for the project, including United Water and Veolia Inc., the current operator of the regional plant on Cumberland Hill Road.
Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council approved a proposed $129 million city budget plan early Tuesday morning but not before engaging in a pitched debate over a projected $6,375 savings for keeping the River Island Park ice rink closed next winter.
The ice rink's operation was ultimately retained in the 2012-13 spending plan but will now have to survive the state-appointed Budget Commission's final action on the city's budget in the coming days.
WOONSOCKET â€” As the declaration period winds down today, five challengers have surfaced to run against incumbent lawmakers, with most targeting House members involved in the controversial sinking of the supplemental tax bill two weeks ago.
Stuart Gitlow, a psychiatrist from the North End, Michael Morin, a Woonsocket firefighter, and Michael Moniz, have all taken out papers to run against incumbent State Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49).
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Ten-year-old Ansley Girard of Woonsocket, reads her Pokemon book in a comfortable perch in a window sill at the Woonsocket YMCA Tuesday.
LINCOLN â€“ A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
â€śThe Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,â€ť Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.
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Firefighters pour water onto the Old Grist Mill in Seekonk, which was gutted by fire after a tractor trailer overturned on Fall River Avenue around 6 a.m. Sunday. The truck knocked down a utility pole and struck a gas meter leading to the restaurant. A gas leak ignited and spread to the building. The historic building, built in 1745, is considered a total loss.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police are investigating a series of three armed robberies at local businesses over the past two weeks.
Police Detective Jamie Paone, department spokeswomman, said the robbers hitting the businesses threatened employees with large wooden sticks in two of incidents while demanding money and threatening employees with a wrench in the third incident.
All three robberies remain under investigation; detectives are probing whether the same robber may have conducted the similar crimes.