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March 28th, 2014

Police: Woman embezzled thousands of dollars from fire district

March 28, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Former Cumberland Fire District Tax Collector Karen B. Lambert, 48, of 15 West Wrentham Road, was arrested by the State Police Financial Crimes Unit on Friday and charged in the alleged embezzlement of $83,761.54 in district cash tax receipts and other alleged crimes.
Lambert also faces a charge of embezzling $11,667.93 from a Woonsocket property management company she also work for and allegedly using those proceeds in an attempt to cover her alleged fire district thefts, Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, state police superintendent, said in announcing the arrest.

March 27th

Cause of murky water at school still unclear

March 27, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee has directed the administration to solicit cost proposals to find out why hot water is still coming out of taps with a murky color at the twin middle schools off Hamlet Avenue.
Peter Fontaine, the facilities manager for education department, said the quality of the water has greatly improved after efforts to increase circulation in distribution system began eight weeks ago. But school officials are still not satisfied and they want to find out for sure if sluggish circulation, as they first suspected, is the cause of the problem, or if it’s something else.

March 26th

THIS JUST IN: 2 firefighters confirmed dead in Boston blaze

March 26, 2014

BOSTON -- A Boston city councilor says two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon in the four-story building in the densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Smoke and flames fanned by strong winds poured from the roof and windows for hours.
Councilor Josh Zakim represents the area and confirms the firefighters' deaths.
Major thoroughfare Storrow Drive was shut down for a time, and people were asked to stay out of the area. Boston EMS says at least 18 people were taken to hospitals.

Bryant student collecting cellphones for service members Thursday

March 26, 2014

SMITHFIELD – When a soldier in the military is very far from home it helps to have an inexpensive way to get in touch with the people they love.
Nicholas Alberti, 22, a Bryant University senior, has been aware of that fact for several years as a result of his friends, Robbie and Brittnay Bergquist’s work to make inexpensive calls for overseas service members a real option.

Woonsocket businesses shut down

March 26, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Two well-known businesses located in the same building at 614 North Main St. – Christopher’s Restaurant and A Special Place – have shut their doors after the electric power was turned off last week.
The future of both is uncertain. Tom Tatro, the owner of A Special Place, said he’s already looking for a new location to run the store, which specializes in religious articles and greeting cards. Tatro and his wife, Jane B. Stone-Tatro, just took over the business from the founders last September.
“All I really know for sure is that the power was turned off,” he said.

March 25th

Site for water treatment plant not a done deal

March 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Even though the city has already spent $390,000 on land to build a future water treatment plant, the Budget Commission has instructed an engineering company to re-evaluate five other sites that were previously rejected by an advisory panel.
At the urging of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the commission voted 3-1 to hire the firm Camp, Dresser McKee to include the review as a component of a broader, $327,000 contract related to the plant.

March 24th

Statehouse shakeup felt all the way to Woonsocket

March 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was in an odd spot over the weekend when her hand-picked city solicitor, State Rep. Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) and State Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Cranston), another friend, went toe-to-toe in a bid to replace the scandal-plagued former House Speaker Gordon D. Fox.

March 22nd

Embattled House Speaker resigns

March 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph – shepherding Rhode Island’s same-sex marriage law through a sometimes reluctant General Assembly – House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning in disgrace from the most powerful political position in state government.

Rev. Salois honored by veterans group, General Assembly

March 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET – He is United Veterans Council of Woonsocket Veteran of the Year for 2014, and the Rev. Philip G. Salois earned that tribute during a time of his life a world away from where he lives today.

March 21st

With Fox's speakership tottering, Democrats call caucus

March 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Gordon Fox’s second-in-command in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, said Friday he is not looking to push Fox out of the top post, but if the job becomes open, Mattiello says he has the votes to become Speaker.

A large faction of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives convened Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel to mull how they are going to proceed in the wake of a raid by state and federal law enforcement officials on the Statehouse office of House Speaker Gordon Fox earlier in the day.

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