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January 29th, 2011

North Smithfield to hold meetings on senior and financial issues

January 30, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton will hold two Town Hall-style meetings with seniors this week at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main St.
The first will be held Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m; the second is on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Hamilton said this is an opportunity for residents to discuss issues that are affecting them as well as for her to provide information regarding current issues.
For more information, call 767-2200 ext. 301.

Escaping winter

January 30, 2011

Steve Morse, of Blackstone, escapes the winter blahs, albeit for 12 minutes, in a tanning bed Saturday at Beach Tanning, located at 3 Main St. in Blackstone. With all the snow this winter, some seek respite in any way they can.

January 28th

School committee gets more time to review audit

January 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee gained another week to review the city’s recently completed performance audit of school operations thanks to the heavy snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday.
The panel had been set to hear a presentation of auditor B&E Consulting’s findings on ways to lower school budget costs on Wednesday but was forced to postpone the meeting to this coming Wednesday in light of the storm.

Mayor wins surprising showdown over rollback of firefighting equipment

January 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Despite the efforts of the firefighters union to block the move in Superior Court, a new effort by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine to rein in overtime at the fire department by scaling back the amount of firefighting apparatus will go into effect as planned tomorrow.

January 27th

Snow-win situation

January 27, 2011

Jeremy Schupp of Pawtucket smokes a cigarette after his Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer crashed into the front of Lou’s Cafe on Summer Street in Manville shortly after noon Wednesday. Schupp said he lost control on the steep, slippery, unsanded hill while heading down to Railroad Street on his way to pick up a load on Flat Street. No injuries were reported, and only minor damage to the front of Lou’s Cafe.

Stabbing suspect identified

January 27, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The alleged assailant in a stabbing that left a young woman in critical condition Tuesday night has been identified as Louis C. Callei, 23, of Woonsocket.
Callei was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions following his arraignment yesterday morning on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling house, possession of oxycodone and resisting arrest.

January 25th

Bell theft takes toll on owner

January 25, 2011

BLACKSTONE — There was so much snow that Kevin Mahoney didn't notice the item missing from his driveway — at least not until he started to plow.
It was then that Mahoney realized the bell was gone — not just any bell, but a Hooper, a rare piece of 19th century metalsmithing forged into shape by a protege of Paul Revere.
Weighing around 700 pounds, the bronze bell had been severed from a secured length of heavy-duty, steel chain, perhaps with a pair of bolt cutters, around Dec. 16, says Mahoney, of 239 Elm St.

January 24th

Big voice in a little package

January 24, 2011

LINCOLN — Brian McKinnon readily admits it's a strange way to discover a child's talent for vocals, but that's just what happened in the family's bathroom one night back in January 2003.
He decided to give his then-two-year-old daughter, Alexis Clare, a bath one night, and – as always – he turned on the radio to amuse her, maybe keep her mind off soap in her eyes.

January 23rd

Baby, it's cold outside!

January 23, 2011

Luis Cruz, of Woonsocket, who’s all bundled up against the frigid cold Saturday morning, can see his own breath as he waits for the bus on Main Street to take him to a friend’s house in Pawtucket. The forecast doesn’t get any better, with more frigid air expected Sunday and Monday, with daytime temperatures only reaching the upper teens.

Councils push for the acceleration of funding

January 23, 2011

Both the Cumberland and North Smithfield town councils this week unanimously approved resolutions urging Governor Lincoln Chafee and the General Assembly to pass legislation that will accelerate the allocation of the proposed phase-in of state school funding dollars.
The resolution, drafted and endorsed by the Rhode Island Coalition of Municipal Leaders, is making the rounds throughout the state over the next two weeks in an attempt to garner support from town and city councils.

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