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October 6th, 2014

Baldelli-Hunt slapped with ethics complaint

October 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Former City Council President John Ward confirmed he has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt after her teenage son got an unadvertised summer job with the Public Works Department.

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals

October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals
Ephraim Salaam breaks down the Patriots' strong performance.

October 5th

All systems go for final Autumnfest prep

October 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The city’s 36th annual Autumnfest celebration is on the flight path for arrival at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park later this week, and for Robert Picard, the Woonsocket Rotary Club member coordinating concession booths, things were looking good on Sunday for a smooth landing.

October 4th

Experts say investigators may never know how infants found in Blackstone home died

October 4, 2014

BLACKSTONE – Even though the remains of three infants were found buried amid the detritus of her squalid home at 23 St. Paul St., most legal and forensic experts say prosecutors will face tremendous hurdles in building a case for murder against the presumed mother of the babies, Erika Murray.

Andrew Horwitz, the dean of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Roger Williams University, doubts the criminal case against Murray has much of a future at all, even on the non-murder charges she’s already facing.

October 2nd

Mayor hired son, teammates for summer jobs

October 2, 2014

WOONSOCKET – In apparent conflict with the anti-nepotism provisions of the state ethics code, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt created a seasonal jobs program earlier this year, opening new positions for highway laborers that were filled by her teenage son and his teammates on a summer baseball league.

October 1st

Mitchell turns down Woonsocket school supt. job

October 1, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The search for a school superintendent is apparently back to square one after Cumberland Assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell turned down the job.
“Yes, I did withdraw,” Mitchell told The Call via e-mail Wednesday. “I was honored to be offered the position. I decided to stay in Cumberland to continue the good work happening here.”

September 29th

Question 5 could bring $2.1 million to Stadium

September 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – An engine of the local economy could get a turbo-boost if voters approve Question No. 5 on the November ballot.

The referendum would authorize the state to float $35 million in bonds, much of it to support nine of the state’s most significant arts and culture organizations, including some $2.1 million for the Stadium Theatre, the only potential beneficiary in the Blackstone Valley.

September 28th

School uniform policy no longer uniform

September 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – It’s official: the School Committee has abolished the school uniform policy at Woonsocket High School. But the policy is still in full force at the elementary schools, and it’s been scaled back at Woonsocket Middle School.
The panel adopted the recommendations of its review subcommittee on a 3-2 vote Wednesday, modifying the controversial policy for the first time since it was adopted in 2010.

September 25th

Citizen calls ethics fouls on three councilors

September 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A city resident says he filed three separate ethics complaints against members of the City Council Thursday, but staff at the Ethics Commission would not confirm having received them.

Katherine D’Arezzo, senior staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, said state law gives the director three days to decide whether to accept ethics complaints for further review. If he does, then the agency will acknowledge them and make the details public.

“At this point it’s as if they never existed,” D’Arezzo said.

September 24th

Cumberland's Mitchell is search panel's first choice for schools superintendent

September 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Cumberland Assistant Schools Supt. Robert Mitchell has been offered the superintendent’s job here, beating out the hometown favorite, Interim Supt. and Curriculum Director Dr. Patrick McGee, members of the search committee have confirmed.
But Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said McGee has been offered a promotion to the position of assistant superintendent, a job that doesn’t officially exist, at least not yet.

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