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September 27th, 2011

Rebuilding City Hall

September 27, 2011

WOONSOCKET — You'll pardon Jerry St. Angelo if he seems so above it all.
After all, he is.
At least when he's working.
Like tree-trimmers and steeplejacks, St. Angelo spends most of his professional life higher above sea-level than the rest of us.
He's a restoration stonemason, a job that combines the talents of Spiderman and the patience of a brain surgeon. A foreman for RD Preservation, St. Angelo is in charge of a crew that's repairing dangerously unstable masonry on the facade of City Hall.
Just don't call him a bricklayer.

Kids learn yoga in Lincoln

September 27, 2011

LINCOLN — Under the watchful eyes of instructors Deb Reddy and Paula Paluch, a group of perhaps a dozen Northern Elementary School students performed an assortment of body moves on a classroom floor early Monday afternoon.
“OK, we're doing the 'Down Dog,'” Paluch announced to the girls as the tune “Township Krishna,” sung by Krishna Das, blared from a small CD player. “Now, swing to the 'Warrior 1.'”
A few seconds passed, and Paluch asked the kids to move to the “Warrior 2,” then to the “Windmill” and “Cobra” before switching back to the “Down Dog.”

City closer to water plant site

September 27, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The City Council moved to discuss a possible site for a new water treatment plant in closed session Monday evening but not before a local resident voiced opposition to the step.
Lorraine Corey of Huntington Avenue, a fiscal watchdog, questioned why the matter was not aired in public session given the costs involved.

September 24th

Bikeway walk raises suicide awareness

September 24, 2011

LINCOLN — Megan Wayne’s 16th birthday would have been on Sept. 11 and a little more than a year after her suicide, the Warwick teenager’s family is still trying to cope with her loss.
But on Saturday Gail and John Wayne and Megan’s sisters, Jordan, 12, and Heather Johnson and her family joined an army of walkers seeking to prevent such sadness for others.

September 23rd

Town broadens senior tax program

September 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council has enabled more residents to take part in the senior citizen tax deferment program by lowering the age requirement and increasing the income guidelines for eligible seniors.
Initiated in 2003, the senior citizen tax deferment program is a tax-relief aid that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer all or part of their taxes and special assessments on their primary home. The loan is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.

Police prospects briefed on hiring process

September 23, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Police Chief Thomas S. Carey and members of his command staff offered encouragement to a group of 36 potential police department applicants Thursday night at the high school... as well as a reality check.
The group showed up to hear details on the department’s preparation of a new hiring list that will be used to send two new police candidates to the R.I. Municipal Police Training Academy in January and possibly additional candidates to academies in the future.

Chafee, Flanders unveil five-year plan for C.F.

September 23, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council holds 26th annual awards

September 23, 2011

LINCOLN — 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.

September 21st

Cost of renting rose fast in Woonsocket

September 21, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.

September 20th

Menard drops out of mayoral race

September 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.

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