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NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Despite the recession and the continuing gloomy economic climate, North Smithfield was able to move forward with several economic and social initiatives during 2011, a year Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton called "great" in terms of how the town was able to meet the needs of residents.
"This has been a great year for improving the way we interact and respond to town residentsâ€™ needs," Hamilton said recently in her annual state-of-the-town address to the Northern Rhode Island Advisory Group, a small business affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce.
WOONSOCKET â€” In the end, it probably wasn't a surprise to some city observers that an ongoing audit of city finances in 2011 would end up reporting a $2.7 million deficit for fiscal 2011.
The auditing firm, Braver PC, had been working on the School Department's final numbers for fiscal year 2011 last week and indicated it would only have a preliminary finding on Monday, one day prior to inauguration of city officials to the new term of office Tuesday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Childrenâ€™s Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last yearâ€™s election, Kilmartin said he noted that â€śwe have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.
The staff at Supreme Pizza in Cumberland (right to left),Rick, Lucy, Willie, Joey, Matt and Sandra, present Sue Tessier MacKenzie, far left, with a pizza â€” one of many they are donating and serving at the upcoming Italian Buffet Dinner to benefit the Milk Fund. MacKenzie is the organizer of the dinner, which will take place Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Italian Workingman's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Rd. in Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Twenty-eight state legislators joined with the anti-abortion group Rhode Island Right to Life (RIRTL) Thursday in a court challenge questioning the constitutionality of the Health Benefits Exchange Gov. Lincoln Chafee established by executive order earlier this year to carry out a portion of the federal â€śObamacareâ€ť healthcare reform law.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Town Council has authorized Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a three-year energy contract with Direct Energy, which is offering Cumberland and other cities and towns participating in the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns' municipal energy aggregation program far cheaper electricity prices than they are now paying under an existing contract.
The league's current contract with Nextra Energy expires Dec. 31. Connecticut-based Direct Energy has been selected to supply electricity under the league's aggregation initiative.
Li'l General Store, located on Winter Street in Woonsocket, will host its first open house to benefit the Milk Fund next Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle will be held as well as a visit from Santa Claus at noon. Pictures with Santa can be purchased for $5 from 12-3 with all proceeds benefitting the Milk Fund. Pictured getting ready for all the fun are, from left, cashiers Sara Segal and Bethany Carreiro, store owner Julie Fredette, and deli workers Jennifer Vazquez and Cheryl Fleming.
WOONSOCKET â€” Local police working in conjunction with police from Milford, Mass. arrested two city men on charges related to an alleged robbery and assault case said to have begun in the city on Sunday and continued later in Milford, according to Woonsocket Lt. Eugene Jalette, department spokesman.
Myles Mackenzie, 19, of 220 Village Road, was arrested on Tuesday after police were contacted by Milford Det. Jay Ball regarding the assault of a 24-year-old Milford man in that community, Jalette said.
WOONSOCKET â€” It appears city officials will have to wait until Monday's meeting of the City Council to get the bottom line of Fiscal Year 2011.
The city's auditing firm, Braver, PC, is still working with School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby on final accounting reports for the budget ending June 30, 2011, and hopes to have completed the documation work for an initial report on Monday, City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III said Thursday.