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April 15th, 2015

Woonsocket looking for arsonist

April 15, 2015

WOONSOCKET – During a period of six days, city firefighters have battled four structure fires, and investigators have determined that all but one of them was the result of arson.
Now police and firefighters say they’ve zeroed in on a suspect after the most recent arson fire damaged Rick’s Bar & Grill on Cass Avenue Tuesday.
“This was an arson fire,” Asst. Deputy State Fire Marshal Michael Morin told The Call. “It’s not even questionable.”

House destroyed by fire

April 15, 2015

GLOCESTER – A fully-involved fire destroyed a single-family home at 350 Old Snake Hill Road Tuesday afternoon after starting while its owners were away, according to fire officials.
Fire officials identified the property as belonging to Leo David and his wife. A daughter of the couple was reported to have been at school at the time of fire.
A family dog inside home perished in the fire, and possibly the family’s pet cats, but a horse and pony kept in a barn nearby the home were not injured, according to West Glocester Deputy Fire Chief Brian McKay.

April 13th

Supplemental tax lawsuit rejected

April 13, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The city dodged a potentially crippling financial bullet as a Superior Court judge ruled against a group of taxpayers who filed suit to quash the 2012 supplemental tax, claiming the $2.5 million levy was against the law.

Edmund Alves, legal counsel to the now-defunct Budget Commission, which ordered the tax, hailed Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel’s ruling on Friday as a major victory for the city. If the plaintiffs had prevailed, Alves said the state would very likely have petitioned the city into receivership, much as it did in Central Falls over three years ago.

April 12th

Burrillville prepares redevelopment plan

April 12, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – The Town Council has taken the first step in a lengthy process to designate Chapel Street (from River Street to Union Avenue) in Harrisville; the former Boliden Metech Mill in Mapleville; and the Pliant site in Nasonville as potential sites for redevelopment.

April 11th

Firefighters probe ‘suspicious’ blaze

April 11, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A long-abandoned structure on Sunnyside Avenue was destroyed in a fire Saturday morning, and fire officials believe the cause to be suspicious in nature.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to the one-story property on Sunnyside Avenue after receiving a call for smoke coming from the building. Woonsocket Fire Chief Paul Shatraw said fire personnel arrived on scene to see heavy fire coming out of the building’s exterior and the firefighters’ exterior attack proved successful, as the blaze was deemed under control within 15 minutes.

April 10th

Property manager saves residents from burning building

April 10, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Draped in blankets, they were shaken and cold, and most weren’t sure where they were going to sleep the next night.
Forty people were homeless after a careless cooking accident triggered a three-alarm fire Wednesday night at 30 Ascension St., one of the city’s largest rooming houses.
Amazingly, all escaped without injury, partly because of the heroics of Douglas Lachance, a live-in property manager who pounded on doors to alert sleeping tenants to the danger.

April 9th

School officials to squirts: Knock it off

April 9, 2015

CUMBERLAND — While it may seem harmless enough, Cumberland school officials are warning parents that a popular game where students try to “assassinate” other students with a squirt gun could go too far.
The game is called "Senior Assassin" and it's played at schools across the country, including Cumberland where about 100 high school seniors are reportedly involved in the game. Rules vary, but it generally involves students stalking and shooting human targets with water pistols until only one remains.

April 8th

Downtown project on hold

April 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – On the urging of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the City Council on Monday tabled a proposal to provide critical financing for the ambitious $3.2 million Main Street Gateway Project proposed by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
Six members of the City Council had signed onto a resolution calling on the city to release $450,000 in funds from the federal HOME Investment Partnership Fund needed to finish the project, but they ended up tabling it amid questions raised by the mayor regarding NeighborWorks’ tax liabilities.

April 6th

Where once was an ‘Ocean’ will soon be a city park

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The pond at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was being filled in on Monday as the city’s renovation work at the long-deteriorated recreational area between Social Street and East School Street kicked into high gear with the improving weather.

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt visited the park with other city and state officials and representatives in the afternoon to mark the start up of the $2.6 million project with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony at the location of a soon-to-appear youth baseball field.

April 5th

Veterans’ museum being prepared for duty

April 5, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Glenn Dusablon remembers the precise moment when he was bitten by the collector’s bug.

He was just 12 years old, and his mother had taken him to the family’s historic homestead in Ware, Mass., to poke around for antiques. As he rummaged through the house, he found a military sword one of his ancestors brought home from the Civil War.

“I found that sword, and that’s when I got that bug,” says Dusablon.

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