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donnafash April 16, 2014 at 07:47 AM
The Market in Woonsocket is picking up. I agree that the Tax rate is an issue . Buyers are lookingRead Morei n Woonsocket now because inventory in surrounding areas are so low . I had my new listing on and in less than 8 days we were under contract. My open house had 4 couples all from Mass . The homestead exemption for owner occupied currently @ 30% brings taxes into a doeable range along with a extremely low sale price. From an active realtor perspective who sells and lists in Woonsocket , Woonsocket is Selling!!! Investors are snapping up the foreclosures and making a Ton of Money . Woonsocket is perfectly located between Major Metro Cities and a investors from California looks at it as a steel!!! So there is hope and a light at the end and when the Market Turns because it starting to ! There will be alot of Happy Woonsocket Homeowners !
Glen M April 16, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Liz the bank pays the same taxes. I am an investor and only the forclosed properties seem to beRead Moresell ing well. My friend has not been able to sell his very nice single family in a good neighborhood in 6 months. This is not California and i don't see any of us making a ton of money i see the tax rate a hugh struggle I wish it was different and the taxes were in the average range.
jack April 16, 2014 at 08:32 AM
The problem is and will continue to be lack of leadership in this City/State. The problem isRead Morespendin g and our elected officials think they can fix it themselves-wrong. Woonsocket would be on its way to recovery today had a Receiver been appointed 2 years ago,but instead the City will continue to spin its wheels and get nowhere.
Russell Archambault April 09, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Can we stick to the topic at hand. What's the real motive of this person Sunshine? Was it reallyRead Moreswe eping the sidewalk, being a do good-er or just Sucking up to the landlord? I don't trust this person.
Keep Smiling April 10, 2014 at 08:20 AM
I don't think I've insulted anyone. If I have, I apologize. All I want to see is everyone pulling Read Moretogether to get Woonsocket back on track. Hope you all have a great day :)
sunshine April 10, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Sorry you feel that way Russ, first of all, I do not know of one person who doesn't trust me, norRead Moream I sucking up to the landlord as I have lived in the same apt for 15 years, and really don't have to, as he knows what kind of person I am. Not sure what you mean by do-gooder, I don't suck up to anybody, but I'm the first one to help out family and friends if they need it, they can always count on me. As for my motive, its pretty simple, I would like to see the city cleaned up and if we all spend a little time doing just that, I'm sure we would see a great improvement.
Small Citizen April 07, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Mr. Chainese, yes could be difficult at times, but he was trying to doing his job. I am in/out ofRead Moret he building department frequently for various permits, and he was always willing to speak with me, listen to what I had to say, especially if there was a difference of opinion on a job site. The other department heads working within that office (Don or Bernie, plus the others) should they also be "fired" because they too, are difficult MOST of the time, or won't look the other way because a property owner does not want to do everything the city code requires? Especially now with the current code requirements for a property on the "Vacancy List"; what investor wants to deal with those requirements? Do we want officials that are willing to just go along to get along, or do we want our community safe and up-to-code? If we want there to be no complaints, and go along, then the city needs to change the requirements and codes for pulling permits and the follow-up inspections. Or just bring Larry back.
Woony the Pooh April 08, 2014 at 11:01 AM
anyone stop to think that, like most things in life, there is probably more to this story than 'we' Read Morethe public know...it seems as if the administration hasn't made any quick decisions on a subject matter thus far. the administration has either had someone else in the works or possibly someone may have acted unprofessionally that we are unaware of
Glen M April 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I have pulled quite a few permits and Chris has never let me down. He would even come out if youRead Morehad a questions to go over things with you. Even that first meeting quite some time ago when I tore a wall down and he walked in and said "what are you doing!" I said tearing a wall down... "do you have a permit?" For what!... Good luck Chris.
Russell Archambault April 07, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Was that the new mount hope bridge in the picture? Great job RIDOT. I was a proponent of chargingRead More25 cents instead of ten cents.
Old School April 08, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Some people need to get a life and stop trolling on here. Sad!!
Russell Archambault April 08, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Old school, I can't agree with you more. The sad trolls really need to get a life !
Nelson Aldrich April 08, 2014 at 09:55 PM
The real trolls are the ones with their heads in the sand, the ones afraid to ask questions, theRead Moreone s who throw their hands up and believe ignorance is bliss.
Jay March 29, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Wow Steve, I didn't realize that. Makes sense. It's a "fee", not a tax. Man, I'm not sure Read Morewhat the Mayor can do given the circumstances. Maybe just concede and go right into bankruptcy? What do you think Senator Aldrich?
Jim March 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Good call on a fee vs. tax Steve...you can't deduct fees when you itemize an income tax return.
Bill G. April 02, 2014 at 05:36 PM
At least they didn't charge us a late fee for the overdue 2013 payment. Crap, I should have kept my Read Moremouth shut, now that will give them an idea to stick it to us again.
Voice Of Reason April 01, 2014 at 03:54 PM
You people are a riot!
DP April 01, 2014 at 07:11 PM
It is not an April's Fool, she is moving to Mass
Russell Archambault April 02, 2014 at 08:47 AM
I heard to New Bedford, A beautiful city with great parks
Yvette M Ayotte March 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM
The corruption is rampant in the GA, I just hope the voters have opened their eyes and will voteRead MoreALL the career politicians OUT!!
Russell Archambault March 26, 2014 at 05:42 PM
One thing for sure is that im going to vote as I always do and waste my time.
Yvette M Ayotte March 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Mew, during the budget commission meeting LBH announced that Brodd and Mathiew wasn't thereRead Moreanymore. It's on "My Woonsocket" in her words if you want to hear her. Then, magically, they reappeared the next day. Who knows what's going on. Transparency!!!! she never tells anyone anything, the city is in the dark. (no pun intended)
Russell Archambault March 28, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Yvette, I have been know of preforming many miracles, but I assure you that I had nothing to doRead Morewit h Brodd and Mathiew reappearing, although In a court document in 2008 I had been accused of having 3 cats of disappearing.
Mew March 29, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Thank You Yvette, head your comments on Larry. keep us posted!
Russell Archambault March 25, 2014 at 12:56 AM
HOLD ON, I THINK I KNOW, HUM...HUM, WAIT, WAIT, ITS ON THE TIP OF MY TOUNG, HUM, OH JEES, .....I Read MoreGI VE UP. CAN ANYONE HELP ME.. WHATS HIS NAME, YOU KNOW, COME ON YOU KNOW WHO IT IS !!!
Russell Archambault March 25, 2014 at 01:00 AM
I KNOW, I KNOW ITS THAT GUY, "JESUS"
CB11 March 27, 2014 at 08:19 AM
We can all do our part to make sure that we are supporting fellow legal citizens, US born orRead Morelegally immigrated. For example, a few years ago, I had the roof of my house redone. Let's face it, the construction industry is notorious for hiring illegal workers. I had a contractor come by to give me an estimate. One of the first stipulations I had for him to get the contract was I wanted only legal US citizens doing the work and nothing but English spoken on the job site. He knew exactly what I meant, agreed with me and assured me he was very serious when it came to using E-verify. Having a husband in the painting business, I know first-hand how many hard working Americans and their families get hurt by those who hire illegals and are able to undercut the competition with lower bids because of it. Instead of waiting for the government to get off their Politically Correct High Horse, do a little research and vow to only use the services of those who use E-verify - that goes for contractors, stores, any services. Look at the hiring practices of a company. If they state they do a "background check", chances are that they use E-verify. The problem is, we've been made to feel like we're the bad guy if we ask. It's time we stop feel embarrassed for doing the right thing!
William Perry March 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Great post, CB11! Most people are not aware of what e-verify does (seeks to prevent illegal aliensRead Moref rom getting jobs they , of course, are not legally allowed to get). Most are also not aware of the enormously negative impact that is created by illegal immigration. Thanks again for your post illustrating the personal impact. P.S. If you are from Woonsocket, your city is not listed as an e-verify user.
CB11 March 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM
It's a shame that not every community in this State will do right by their legal residents. I willRead Moren ever understand how rewarding bad behavior is a good thing!
Russell Archambault March 23, 2014 at 09:24 AM
also keeps staring at me
Russell Archambault March 24, 2014 at 05:05 PM
I haven't seen this cat all weekend. I wonder if someone ran it over?
Jay March 24, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Looks like a nice cat.
Russell Archambault March 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Yvette, No one knows what this investigation is all about yet. Maybe you have inside information or Read Moreare you working for the FBI. You do not have a right to call him a criminal. This whole thing could possibly be for shoplifting toys at that superstore on Allens ave. Lets not rush to judgement
Yvette M Ayotte March 22, 2014 at 01:13 PM
It's called, "wishful thinking" Russ.
overtaxed March 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Russell Archambault March 22, 2014 at 06:35 PM
AT no time did I suggest anything personal. As stated, I could not identify the creature.
Voice Of Reason March 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM
@ Russ - your comments make my day. hahaha!!
Woony the Pooh March 26, 2014 at 03:08 PM
Put this up for a Golden Globe!
Donald Harnois March 21, 2014 at 07:44 AM
Don H. Oh my God ! We have someone who is willing to do something that will Help and CHANGE R.I. Read Morefor the Better and REALLY wants to run against " DO NOTHING Jack Reed " I appauld you "Ray McKay " Thanks for your post Yvette
Yvette M Ayotte March 21, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Coffee - Meet, Greet & Support Sunday, March 30 at 2:00pm 19 Bakers Creek Road Warwick, RI
Russell Archambault March 21, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Lets get a convoy together and all travel together with police escort from Woonsocket to show ourRead Mores upport.
Yvette M Ayotte March 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM
I haven't felt anything, thank God because it would scare me to death. What part of the city isRead Morethi s being felt in?
Mommymia March 20, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Carrington ave
DP March 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM
She has only been in office a few months, do people expect all these problems to be fixedRead Moreovernight? This city has more problems than cleaning up Cass Park, that is an issue that shouldn't even be on the table at this point. Clean up the financial mess and then worry about cleaning the park. And anyone who doesn't pay taxes and is more than able to work, but collects money from those who do, has no reason to complain.
Achienne March 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Wow! This seems to be a trend now. We've seen it at council meetings and all over. Anyone whoRead Moredare s to question our elected representatives whether council or mayor are deemed to be NEGATIVE... OOOOHHH NOOO!! And they are trying to "DESTROY "!!! the Mayor . trigger the fire and brimstone!!!. Every mayor gets criticized Just like Menard was, and Fontaine was and every one before them. The problems werent created over night and no they wont be solved overnight, but I don't think its wrong for people to question or even criticize our elected officials or to expect them to live up to their promises whoever they may be. In fact during difficult times people should be heard even louder, not silenced as some would like. And again MEW I'm NO Fontaine groupie and neither are many of the people raising questions!
preston crawford March 22, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Well said achienne, but your post will probably be flagged soon as was mine I posted yesterdayRead Morea bout something negative about or mayor LBH, some people just can't face the truth.
jack March 19, 2014 at 05:56 AM
A very interesting article Yvette-a must read for all elected officials and taxpayers.
jack March 20, 2014 at 05:58 AM
In one year this cost to RI taxpayers would almost eliminate Woonsocket's total debt plus fund Read Moreful l day k.
Russell Archambault March 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM
I also will not be posting on patch anymore, unless I am totally bored with my useless life andRead Morehave nothing better to do. Until then, bye bye to all !
jack March 17, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Genius Still Hope, I said eliminate duplication such as property owners that own vehicles,owners of Read Moremultifamily buildings,co-ownership and so on that is why the number is not 19,000 thus it is more realistic.
MJ March 17, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Okay, let's get back on track...Councilwoman Murray & Councilman Mancieri won an election inRead MoreNov emeber. The same people that are complaining, voted for them. Stephen Weber wrote ...I'm positive They were clueless to what they were voting on... meaning the two councilpeople, So were the voters in November clueless. While at the poll, I overheard people asking who is running for city council?, who are the incumbents? That is info that they should have gotten before reaching the polling place, so they took a palm card w/Lisa's team & used that as a guide. Yes, both Mancieri & Murray were on that team & yes it worked, they were voted in. Now, people are unhappy about them...please...be careful who you vote for. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just recall all the politicians that we are making us unhappy? That would be most of the politicians in this state. On 4/3/14, WRCC is holding an issues & answers series @ Woonscoket Harris Public Library @ 7:00PM. The first in this series will be Ken Block, Gubernatorial candidate. On 4/17/14 will be Mayor Allan Fung. You will have the opportunity to ask the cadidate any question of your choosing. Others to be listed on the Patch calendar.
Dave F March 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Brina you are correct, go in from the south entrance or valet entrance and you dont need to goRead Morethrou gh the smoke. For anyone to think they are hurting them selves for allowing smoking is crazy have you tried to go there on just about any night the place is packed
Glen M March 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM
You hit a sour note with me on this one!! Only in Ri can something like this happen. It is suchRead Moredirt y dirty politics. Hey lets make a law for everyone except us no one will fight the state. The Restaurants and bars should all ban together and sue the state with a high profile lawyer fot lost revenews . I tried going to Twin River and can't stand that smoke infested trap, non smoking area is a joke! Lets see the main entertainment is in the downstairs smoking area....hmm smoke rises! Sue the state! ANY employee that gets cancer that is employed there should lawyer up!
Glen M March 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Friends always ask me to go there. and the answer will always be no! Soon enough those that don'tRead Moresm oke can take the short drive to ma and enjoy a new non smoking casino.
Still Hope March 09, 2014 at 11:09 PM
You left a major player: W? Convenient.
DP March 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM
WMD wasn't mentioned.
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