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August 22nd, 2014

Woonsocket Public Housing Chief Robert T. Kulik reaches severance agreement with Woonsocket Housing Authority

August 22, 2014

WOONSOCKET - Robert T. Kulik, the executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, and the agency's board of commissioners, reached a severance agreement Thursday.
The deal ends Kulik's employment with the WHA, effective Monday, but it allows him to collect his pay until the end of the year and includes his work vehicle as part of the package, according to Joseph Rodio, the WHA's legal counsel.
The salary amounts to $38,819.34, doled out in weekly installments of 2,156.63 starting Sept. 4.

August 21st

N. Smithfield shopping complex to add two restaurants, other businesses

August 21, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Dowling Village is entering another growth spurt thanks to the completion of agreements with several new business and two national restaurant chains— Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar and Texas Roadhouse, a chain specializing in steaks with a western flavor.

The Eddie Dowling Highway property’s developer, Brian Bucci, on Thursday confirmed town reports that construction will begin soon on the new business locations with completion expected next year.

August 20th

Police say searches turn up drugs, cash

August 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Patrol officers seized heroin, cocaine and more than $2,800 in cash as two men, both with prior trafficking convictions, were arrested Monday in the Fairmount section.
Steven Kevin Bergeron, 29, of 262 Second Ave., and Jason Andrew Lennox, 28, of 18 Cynthia Drive, North Smithfield, were charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance.

August 18th

Former Congressman St Germain dies in Newport at 86

August 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Former U.S. Congressman Fernand J. “Freddy” St Germain, a favorite son of the city who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful men in the country, has died.
Family members said he passed away at home in Newport on Saturday of kidney failure. He was 86 years old.

August 17th

Little League squad keeps loyal fan base at home entertained

August 17, 2014

CUMBERLAND – For members of the Cumberland American Little League team it was likely a game of the ages, and Saturday night’s 8-7 win over the Tennessee team during the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., hasn’t been overlooked back at home.

The team’s stunning final inning walkoff victory thanks to a home run by CJ Davock was the talk of the town Sunday, and had many wishing for more success by their local Little League representatives.

“It was absolutely amazing,” Cumberland Police Sgt. Brandon Vadenais said of Saturday night’s game.

August 15th

Interim school chief resigns

August 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Citing personal reasons, Interim Schools Supt. James A. DiPrete tendered his resignation Thursday, school officials and members of the Budget Commission said.

DiPrete, 77, a longtime educator and retired chairman of the former state Board of Regents, had been hired on June 19 to work for up to 70 days for $750 a day.

VIDEO: Fans Excited For Patriots Preseason Kickoff

August 15, 2014

VIDEO: Fans Excited For Patriots Preseason Kickoff

Landmark back in UnitedHealthcare network after lapse of more than seven months

August 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – UnitedHealthcare and Landmark Medical Center have ironed out a new contract that restores 52 physicians with admitting privileges at the hospital to the health insurer’s coverage network, the parties announced.
UnitedHealthcare dropped Landmark from its coverage network after the hospital was purchased last year by the for-profit, California-based hospital chain, Prime Healthcare Services.
The two parties have been trying to firm up a new contract since.

August 14th

Henderson selected as WHS principal

August 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Carnell Henderson, 41, has always had a goal of doing something more since he was a student at Woonsocket High School and member of the graduating class of 1991.

Back then, he will tell you today, there wasn’t a concrete plan of what “more” would be, but Henderson just knew from the support he had received from his family, his coaches, and his teachers in school he would some day be involved in the leadership of his community.

August 13th

Arruda draws 18-month sentence

August 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE – A Superior Court judge Wednesday sentenced former Woonsocket Municipal Court Clerk Rachel Arruda to an 18-month prison term and ordered her to make $60,000 restitution after she entered a plea of no contest to 2011 state police charges of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the struggling city.

Judge Jeffrey Lanphear ordered Arruda to surrender to authorities on Sept. 10 to begin serving her sentence at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, rejecting lawyer Mark Smith’s plea for home confinement.


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