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January 27th, 2012

Marshfield Commons puts town over state housing cap

January 27, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A coalition of non-profit and private developers broke ground Wednesday at Marshfield Commons, a 38-unit housing development that will enable the town to reach its state-mandated threshold for affordable housing.
Called “a model of rural smart growth,” the tract of townhouse style two- and three-bed units preserves three-quarters of its 6.3-acre Mechanic Street construction site as open space.

Mayor pushes for probe of missing evidence

January 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The controversy over a gold necklace that mysteriously vanished from a police evidence locker found its way to City Hall Friday, where Mayor Leo T. Fontaine promised a full-blown investigation into what happened to the missing valuable.
“This is certainly a matter of some concern and we’re going to do everything we can to get to the bottom of it,” said the mayor.

January 26th

Sex offender fails again on address notification

January 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A convicted sex offender who is currently on probation for failure to notify authorities of a change of address was arrested Wednesday for the very same offense, which is a felony.
Jamie Britt, 33, was also free on bail from a pending felony assault charge lodged against him by the Smithfield police in December when he was taken into custody.

TRIVIAL PURSUITS -- Seniors test their trivia knowledge

January 26, 2012

LINCOLN – As Assistant Director of the Lincoln Senior Center, Michelle Lemire is often faced with scheduling activities to entertain and interest those who frequent it.
She admitted Tuesday afternoon she had worried how popular the “How Smart Are You Now? Senior Trivia” event would be.
Turns out, there was no need for concern.

January 25th

Woonsocket to audit tax-exempt properties

January 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The city has launched a review of some $256 million worth of real estate to make sure it’s properly classified as tax exempt and, if not, restore it to the tax rolls.
A separate review is under way to make sure the city is capturing all of the taxes it is owed on so-called tangible property, which includes business equipment, fixtures and furnishings, said Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste.

Ex-Rhode Island Gov. Garrahy dies at 81

January 25, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
SEE Thursday's edition of The Call for complete coverage.

January 24th

Woonsocket may have to wait for dispatch savings

January 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The city may have to wait a bit longer for any savings to materialize out of its plans to consolidate emergency dispatch services at the police station.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine told members of the City Council during a work session in the Harris Hall conference room that the consolidation plan may have to be done in stages due to difficulties that have cropped up in moving all dispatching equipment to a single location.
The change to a dispatch system staffed by civilian employees at the police station had been included as a cost savings measure in the city's current budget.

Cumberland looks to restore clipper sign

January 24, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.

January 23rd

Officer Krawetz found guilty

January 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon — in this case, his shod foot — the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.

North End vulture plague worsens

January 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Robert Bouchard can still crack a joke about how his neighborhood is starting to remind him of the Hitchcock classic, “The Birds,” but don’t be fooled: He’s losing his sense of humor about the North End’s population of gloomy-looking vultures.
It’s growing, says Bouchard.
And so are his concerns about avian-borne disease and property values.
“The growth has been exponential,” says Bouchard. “It’s gotten to the point where you don’t even see a migratory dropoff of the population in the summertime anymore.”

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