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July 1st, 2011
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Rhode Island health and environmental officials are asking residents to stay away temporarily from the Blackstone River after as much as 162,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage was discharged into it.
Officials say said Friday that sewage from the Woonsocket Wastewater Treatment Facility was discharged into the river on Thursday.
Officials say an electrical failure at the plant triggered the discharge between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Connecting for Children and Families Center for Financial Success hosted its first ever Culinary Arts Graduation Recognition following a 13-week skills training program for adults interested in persuing employment opportunities in the food service industry. U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a strong supporter of the program, was guest speaker, in a ceremony held at Woonsocket Harris Public Library Friday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Representatives of the fire department union and the city administration have more time to complete work on a new contract following votes by the City Council Thursday night.
Four members of the council participating in a brief special session voted unanimously to approve agreements extending provisions of the existing contract with Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters so that ongoing talks between the two sides can continue. Attending were City Council President John F. Ward, and Council members Suzanne Vadenais, Daniel Gendron, and Roger Jalette.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls City Councilor Richard G. Aubin, Jr. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling vehicles belonging to the police department and keeping the proceeds.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” A federal judge ordered Rhode Island officials Thursday to hand a suspect in a fatal robbery over to federal authorities after the governor, a death penalty opponent, refused to do so because the man could face execution if convicted.
U.S. District Judge William E. Smith says that independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee's refusal, under an interstate custody-transfer agreement, to turn over Jason Pleau so he can stand trial on federal murder charges does not mean the state can refuse a federal court order.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield was recently named the 12th Best Community in Rhode Island, according to Go Local Prov.com.
The town is listed in the Top 15 rankings of the Go Local Prov.com best communities to live in, giving testimony, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton says, to the enduring power of mill towns and their legacies in Rhode Island.
"Our town has great people with big hearts, and represents a safe place to learn, play and live," Hamilton said this week. "We will continue to work toward a goal of improving the great foundation that we have."
PROVIDENCE â€” With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.
CUMBERLAND â€” The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.
WOONSOCKET â€” It used to take a trip to New Hampshire or some other state if a Rhode Islander wanted to legally buy fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Thanks to the stateâ€™s approval of a fireworks sales law last year, you donâ€™t have to go any farther than the Diamond Hill Road business district to pick up legal Fourth of July firework display products.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islandâ€™s biggest pension problem is in the past.
Devising a plan to take care of the retirement needs of current and future state employees is a relatively simple, do-able and affordable matter. It is filling in the massive hole of unfunded pension liability â€” estimated at somewhere between $7 billion and $9 billion â€” that the stateâ€™s elected officials have been digging over the last several decades that is going to take back-breaking work and bank-breaking amounts of money.