NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Half-eaten tuna sandwiches and other food scraps students discard during their lunch periods in North Smithfield are being repurposed as feed for more than 3,000 pigs living in Burrillville.
Through a new recycling program established and overseen by town Recycling Coordinator Donna Kaehler, the North Smithfield High School, Middle School and Halliwell School turns food scraps leftover from school lunches to nutritious food for pigs at My Blue Heaven Farm in Pascoag.
Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo, second from left, smiles as she is introduced at the official opening of her new Woonsocket campaign headquarters at 1 Social St. in the city Thursday evening. Raimondo stated to her supporters, which numbered around 35, that it's going to take "the same boldness and courage" she brought to her tenure as General Treasurer to bring the state back from it's dismal economic doldrums.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s official: Former City Controller Christine Chamberland is the cityâ€™s finance director.
The Smithfield resident had been serving as acting finance director since mid-April, but Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Chamberlandâ€™s permanent appointment on Thursday.
â€śChristineâ€™s vast experience in finance and her dedicated assistance in the transition of my new administration were key components to my decision,â€ť the mayor said.
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WOONSOCKET – On the same day the Budget Commission voted to approve the pact, the city firefighters union unexpectedly refused to ratify a proposed five-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles Academy is reducing its staff by about a dozen teachers at the end of the school year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Whereâ€™s the best location for the new registry of motor vehicles in the city?
It doesnâ€™t matter who you talk to â€“ from the chief of the state Division of Motor Vehicles to the mayor and the guy on the street â€“ everyone seems to come up with the same answer: Put it in one of the hollowed-out retail plazas on Diamond Hill Road.
â€śIâ€™m promoting it from an economic development standpoint,â€ť said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. â€śWeâ€™re all concerned about the exodus weâ€™ve seen up there and we need to regenerate an area thatâ€™s been deflated.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ In addition to beefed-up school aid, the $8.7 billion state budget signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee a couple of days ago has something that Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has been lobbying for a long time: money to bring the makeover of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park to the starting line.
The spending plan includes $1.25 million over five years for park upkeep and staffing, a previously missing piece of the funding puzzle that had waylaid the project.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As the declaration period opens Monday for candidates seeking statewide office, Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt announced that sheâ€™s endorsed all of the incumbents in the House of Representatives â€“ Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), Rep. Michael Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) and Rep. Robert Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland).
CUMBERLAND -- Weather-wise, it was a day befitting the Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival. As participants filtered in to Diamond Hill Park with their lawn chairs and blankets, the perfect temperature and overall pretty day seemed to be on everyone’s minds, along with the non-stop schedule of music and dancing.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Newly for-profit Landmark Medical Center has agreed to pay more than $900,000 in taxes on real estate and business equipment that the city will pump into the 2015 municipal budget, helping tamp down residential property tax rates.
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