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August 3rd, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The demolition company whose work at an old mill site was blamed for causing a major sewage spill into the Blackstone River last week did not have an active â€śDig Safeâ€ť clearance for the job, as required by state law, city officials say.
A notice alleging a violation by Coventry Building & Wrecking was sent to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Tuesday, said Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent.
WOONSOCKET â€” Despite the expectations of some local lawmakers, the General Assembly set aside barely enough money in the state budget to make a dent in an ambitious rehabilitation plan that's been mapped out for ailing World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Among other things, that means inner-city kids who had been expecting a â€śsplash parkâ€ť to replace now-drained Social Ocean as early as this season probably won't see one next summer, either, says Robert Paquette, chief of recreation for the state Department of Environmental Management.
WOONSOCKET â€” Nearly a million gallons of partially treated sewage is thought to have spilled into the Blackstone River when a demolition crew at the burnt-out Seville Dyeing site accidentally ruptured an underground sewer main Friday afternoon, the state environmental agency said.
The effluent is believed to have been streaming unchecked from the broken main for more than 48 hours before a neighbor noticed and called the city's water department, said Angelo Liberti, chief of surface water protection for the state Department of Environmental Management.
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Location of tours:
CUMBERLAND -- The Cumberland Beagle Club will host a cookout for combat veterans of World War II on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. The Beagle Club is located at 425 Nate Whipple Highway, opposite North Cumberland Middle School. There is no cost. For more information, call Ed Nawrocki at 401-658-2174.
BURRILLVILLE â€” When it was first developed, the Wallum Lake canoe launch was originally intended to be an easy location to allow canoers and kayakers access to the picturesque 322-acre lake, located in the northwest part of town.
Wallum Lake lies in Burrillville and Douglas, Mass, and is adjacent to Douglas State Forest and Wallum Lake Park. There are two paved boat ramps: one at the north end off Wallum Lake Road in Douglas, and the second at the southern extreme end of the lake in Burrillville.
PROVIDENCE â€” Alexander Ronci, a Harrisville resident and 2011 graduate of Burrillville High School, and Evan Rovinski, a Mapleville resident and a student at URI, were recently honored in a Statehouse ceremony as recipients of $2,000 Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Scholarships.
LINCOLN â€“ Perhaps nobody is more elated with the re-opening of the Wilbur Road bridge, which spans over Route 146, than employees of the Lime Rock Fire Department.
Both the police and fire departments in town had received word from R.I. Department of Transportation officials on Wednesday morning that the bridge would be ready to take on traffic that afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Keyondra Davis doesn't kid herself about the kind of food they put on the shelves at the pharmacy near her home in Cumberland Village.
A lot is just overpriced junk food, says Davis. Still, as much as she dislikes it, she knows she's usually going to end up at the store when her two-year-old son Jayden's stomach starts to growl.
She doesn't have much choice.
She lives in a food desert.
GLOCESTER â€” Town and state leaders representing Glocester and Burrillville are vowing to fight the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authorityâ€™s (RIPTA) preliminary proposal to reduce the frequency of bus trips along Route 9, which runs between Providence and Burrillville, through North Providence, Smithfield and Glocester, and is the only public transportation route through northwestern Rhode Island.
Sen. Paul W. Fogarty and other lawmakers are holding a public hearing for residents Aug. 1 to hear concerns and prepare their battle plans.