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January 29th, 2012
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.
LINCOLN â€“ 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 â€śHow Smart Are You Now? Senior Triviaâ€ť event would be.
Turns out, there was no need for concern.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city has launched a review of some $256 million worth of real estate to make sure itâ€™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.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” 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.
WOONSOCKET â€” 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.