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September 23rd, 2011
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has enabled more residents to take part in the senior citizen tax deferment program by lowering the age requirement and increasing the income guidelines for eligible seniors.
Initiated in 2003, the senior citizen tax deferment program is a tax-relief aid that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer all or part of their taxes and special assessments on their primary home. The loan is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.
WOONSOCKET â Police Chief Thomas S. Carey and members of his command staff offered encouragement to a group of 36 potential police department applicants Thursday night at the high school... as well as a reality check.
The group showed up to hear details on the departmentâs preparation of a new hiring list that will be used to send two new police candidates to the R.I. Municipal Police Training Academy in January and possibly additional candidates to academies in the future.
CENTRAL FALLS â Less than two months after Central Falls filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders have put forward a five-year financial plan that, if approved by the Bankruptcy Court and creditors, would allow the city to continue to exist on its own, without being taken over by Pawtucket or carved up with the pieces parceled out among its neighbors.
LINCOLN â A record number of people came out to the Twin River Event Center on Thursday night to honor the author of a book on a record-setting baseball game, a Central Falls native who heads up the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation and other special guests at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.
WOONSOCKET â A new study says the cost of rental housing has risen faster here than any other community in the Blackstone Valley.
The HousingWorksRI 2011 Fact Book, released this week, says the average two-bedroom rent in the city during the second quarter of the year reached $993, almost 75 percent higher than it was a decade ago.
The main culprit behind skyrocketing rents is the continuing wave of foreclosures, the agency said.
WOONSOCKET â Without uttering a single word, former Mayor Susan D. Menard made it official yesterday: She will not be a candidate for mayor, leaving the freshman incumbent, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, to walk into a second term without opposition.
Menard did not return signed nomination forms to the Board of Canvassers by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, excluding herself from further competition in this season's balloting. In fact, despite publicly professing serious interest in taking on Fontaine last month, she never picked up the blank forms, which had been available at City Hall since Sept. 6.
WOONSOCKET â An observant neighbor helped police in the arrest of a city man charged with breaking into cars on North Main Street Sunday evening.
Todd J. Green, 40, of 502 North Main St., was later arrested on a charge of tampering with motor vehicles in connection with the case, police said.
Patrolman Enrique Sosa reported patrol officers responded to the 300 block of North Main Street just before 9 p.m. after a resident of the area observed a man attempting to break into a neighborâs van and went out to confront him.
WOONSOCKET â The cop who coaxed a confession from serial killer Jeff Mailhot in 2004 has just added another notch on his belt â a seat at the next installment of the FBI National Academy.
Beginning Oct. 3, Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr. will live at the prestigious academy in Quantico, Va., for about ten weeks while taking advanced courses in violent crime, computer forensics and others.
And, oh yeah, Mailhot's going with him, too â or at least his case file.
WOONSOCKET â Local historian Elizabeth Vangel noticed the old monument one day when she was conducting a census of historic sites in the River Street area last year.
She found it outside the office of the former Woonsocket Rubber Companyâs Alice Mill which, by then, had become a plant for Tech Industries.
The metal plaque was attached to a large glacial boulder and bore an inscription that she found in keeping with her studies of local residents who played a role in the nationâs Civil War.
LINCOLN â The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, âThat was outstanding.
âIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family âA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.