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February 1st, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Gov. Chafeeâ€™s proposed $7.9 billion state budget includes a plum the cityâ€™s been grasping at for years â€” $2.6 million to restore long-neglected World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said the funds were included in the spending package Chafee proposes for the state Department of Environmental Management after an intense lobbying campaign by city officials.
WOONSOCKET â€“ There was a bonus for the police at the end of a trail that led to a man wanted for domestic assault. Just as officers closed in on Steve E. Beaulieu, another man was tossing a backpack containing $1,450 worth of cocaine and marijuana out the window, police said.
The episode unfolded in Apt. No. 3 at 174 Robinson St. Tuesday, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette, the police spokesman.
WOONSOCKET â€” YWCA Northern Rhode Island, located at 514 Blackstone St., will merge with the faltering Central Falls-based YWCA of Greater Rhode Island in a deal expected to be finalized by March 1.
â€śThis is not a hostile take-over,â€ť said Deborah Perry, president and CEO of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. â€śWeâ€™re both in favor,â€ť and the news is in the ambitious plans she has for the new YWCA Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Former Rhode Island Gov. Joseph Garrahy has been remembered as a man who lived humbly and set an example for others.
The Rev. Marcel Taillon remembered Garrahy at a funeral Mass on Tuesday morning as a man of faith who rose from humble beginnings.
Taillon, the pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Narragansett, delivered the homily at a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.
Garrahy died last week at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The Esten-Bowen House on Iron Mine Hill Road has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the stateâ€™s preservation authority announced.
Build around 1790, â€śthe Esten-Bowen house represents Burrillvilleâ€™s development from a period of agricultural growth and expansion from the end of the 18th century through gradual decline and subsequent transition to exurban residential uses in the early 20th century,â€ť said Edward F. Sanderson, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
WOONSOCKET â€” Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Maurice E. Berube has spent the better part of 11 years trying to promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But it wasn't until last month, when he found himself the recipient of a simple act of kindness by an 11-year-old city girl, that he really understood what it meant to be an Elk.
Berube, Grand Exalted Ruler of Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, says it happened in December when he was helping deliver 227 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Michael J. Dutilly is the newest full-time firefighter to join the Harrisville Fire District, bringing to the department 11 years of fire service and emergency medical services experience, Fire Chief Mark A. St. Pierre announced this week.
Dutilly, who came on board several months ago, was formally inducted at a ceremony earlier this month.
At the age of 15, Dutilly joined the Harrisville Hose Company as a junior member in 2000. In 2003, he joined the ranks as a senior member.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tax time has arrived and with it the potential for local families to bring in a little extra in their refund checks.
That was the message federal, state and local officials, and their community partners, put out Friday during the kickoff of the Rhode Island Community Action Association's (RICAA) annual effort to provide free tax preparation services to working Rhode Islanders at the Museum of Work and Culture.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ 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 â€śa model of rural smart growth,â€ť 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
â€śThis is certainly a matter of some concern and weâ€™re going to do everything we can to get to the bottom of it,â€ť said the mayor.