WOONSOCKET â€” Despite the reluctance of finance officials, the Budget Commission has voted to petition the state auditor general to allow the city an extra month to submit audited financial statements of last yearâ€™s books, or until Jan. 31.
Finance Director Thomas Bruce wanted to put out a draft audit as soon as possible because, on the city side, the ledgers are expected to show a surplus in the range of $280,000 for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Seven-year-old Alana Montanez, of Woonsocket, chats with Santa Claus as Mrs. Claus looks on during the Connecting For Children & Families annual Holiday Celebration for member families at Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket Thursday night. In addition to the free buffet, families were treated to Christmas carols by members of the Woonsocket Middle School Glee Club, as well as Christmas crafts and other activities.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Zoning: Itâ€™s not exactly a subject that captures the imagination, at least not until somebody starts building a gas station next door to your house.
But thereâ€™s no time like the present to get interested, because the city is in the midst of the most sweeping effort in years to rezone city lands â€“ maybe yours.
LINCOLN â€“ A local youth sports volunteerâ€™s internet surveillance effort helped police recover a trove of stolen goods from a local manâ€™s apartment Thursday.
The volunteer had been keeping an eye out for items that the Lincoln Youth Soccer Association lost in a September break-in at Public Self Storage on Washington Highway and hit paydirt while checking out sports equipment offerings on the Craigslist website, according to Police Chief Brian Sullivan.
Itâ€™s no secret that the art of communication is key to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox. Naturally the interaction with the players is a high priority, yet thereâ€™s also touching base with the major-league coaching staff or the front office, or with someone from the player development sector or even the Double-A manager.
No wonder why several of Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s predecessors made sure to have their cell phones close by while batting practice took place. Itâ€™s a 24/7 lifestyle wherein the PawSox manager must be on standby at all times and ready to field inquires from all walks of baseball life.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an â€śgetting to know you betterâ€ť exercise â€“ an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.
Pat Dempster, left, executive director of Because He Lives Ministries, was the recipient of a large collection of non-perishable food items collected by members of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild during their recent holiday party. Pictured presenting the donations at the Teachers Guild Offices Wednesday are, from left, Guild President Jeff Partington; Jessica Frechette, special education teacher at Globe Park School; Rebecca Ducharme, special education teacher at Woonsocket Middle School-Villanovan; and Ruth Senecal, special education para professional at Woonsocket High School.
GLOCESTER â€“ Police seized 47 marijuana plants, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $15,000 in cash from the home of a local man Friday.
James A. Kerner, 56, of Gold Mine Road, was arraigned in Third District Court on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and unlawful cultivation of marijuana, both felonies, police said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ At a cost of $1.04 million over four years, the city hired a watchdog firm to oversee the planning, design and construction of a new, $36 million wastewater treatment plant.
The Budget Commission voted unanimously Thursday to hire the wastewater consulting firm Weston & Sampson of Peabody, Mass., on the recommendation of Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran.
Flore A. Laferriere
WOONSOCKET- Flore A. "Flo" Laferriere, 95, formerly of Oakton St., Woonsocket, died peacefully Thursday afternoon in North Kingstown. She was the wife of the late Normand J. Laferriere.
Born in St. Aime P.Q. Canada, she was a daughter of the late Alberic and Amanda (Tardif) Belisle.
She resided in Woonsocket for most of her life and had lived in North Kingstown for the past several years.
Mrs. Laferriere was employed by Yvonne Moreau Handbag Store and later at Betty Cesario Specialty Shop in Woonsocket and Slatersville.