Wednesday, May 22, 2013
City delegation requests Budget Commission briefing before Senate, House bills are reconciled.
Woonsocket’s supplemental tax bill raising an extra $2.5 million this year, added to the future tax base, passed the RI House of Representatives tonight. The city's legislative delegation is asking for a briefing from the Woonsocket Budget Commission on the progress made on the balance of its five-year plan for fiscal solvency before the House version is reconciled with the Senate's. The supplemental tax is among the most potent in the array of tools the Budget Commission intends to use in its 5-year plan to repair the city's chronic financial shortfalls. But all of them are necessary to make the plan work and avoid calling in a receiver, Commission members say. Council President and Budget Commission member John Ward noted there's a …
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Forecasters are predicting thunderstorms will develop again this afternoon.
Thunderstorm enthusiasts rejoice: there is more severe weather on the way. The National Weather Service out of Taunton is predicting another wave of thunderstorms will hit Southern New England Wednesday afternoon. The severe weather is expected to begin around 2 p.m. as it heads east from New York. The NWS warns that some of the storms, which will go into the evening until about 9 p.m., may be severe at times – especially tot he north and west of I-95. The main threat from these storms will be damaging winds. Those with outdoor plans this afternoon and evening sould have a safe place to go, such as a vehicle or indoors, if the storms approach. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck my lightning.
"Proven business leader" has strong Woonsocket, northern RI ties.
Marcel A. Valois, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee’s nominee to lead the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), was unanimously confirmed by the Rhode Island Senate Tuesday. Valois is a business and community leader with decades of management experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including time as Executive Vice President of the Blackstone Valley Development Foundation, Inc. and a former planner for Woonsocket. “Marcel Valois is a proven business leader,” Governor Chafee said. “He understands economic development, he understands Rhode Island, and he shares my commitment to taking advantage of Rhode Island’s assets to strengthen our economy. I look forward to working with Marcel to build a sustainable Rhode …
The following arrest information was provided by the Woonsocket Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
On Monday, May 20, at about 4:55 p.m., Woonsocket Police Officer Jason Berthelette responded to 16 Federal St. for a report of a car crash. Berthelette arrived and saw the gray 2006 Volvo driven by Glenn Teper, 55, of 62 Francis St., Woonsocket, in the middle of the road. Teper said he'd been driving on Federal Street when the car in front of him stopped and attempted to back into a parking spot, striking his car, according to the report. Berthelette noted in his report that during the conversation, Teper displayed bloodshot eyes, flushed face and a strong odor of alcohol. The officer also observed an open beer can in the center console of Teper's car. When asked if he'd been drinking, Teper replied, "Yes, I had a few beers," according …
Former high school teacher Pat Conaway sees real hope in the young people who help him clean the area's trails, waterways and roadways.
Pat Conaway admits he is "kind of a nut" about the environment, so when he retired from teaching in 2008, it didn't take long for him to find productive ways to spend his time. "I wanted to get people fired up about the environment, to try to encourage citizens to get involved locally," said Conaway, founder of Big Hearts, Little Feet. A nearly constant presence on area roadways, trails and waterways, Conaway can be found leading groups of volunteers, including many students, to pick up trash, improve trails and remove invasive species. From beer cans to soda and coffee cups, trash tossed by the roadside washes into local rivers and, if left alone, eventually finds its way to the ocean, where scientists have found plastic particles …
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Memorial Day Parade - Mayor Leo T. Fontaine along with The United Veteran’s Council (UVC) of Woonsocket have announced the annual Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday, May 27. All veterans and participants should meet in the parking lot behind the (former Blockbuster Video) at 9 a.m. The parade will kick off promptly at 10 a.m. from the corner of Cumberland & Clinton Street and disperse at Market Square. The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be Veteran of the Year Ernest Boisvert. Parade participants to include local dignitaries, the Woonsocket High School Band, the Woosnsocket Middle School Band, Woonsocket Fire Department Honor Guard, Woonsocket Police Department Honor Guard, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Cub Scouts Pack # 2 …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Assessor says he'll need three weeks to send out bills, Board OKs police uniform allowances.
The Woonsocket Budget Commission briefly discussed canceling accounts payable as an option in the event the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, to be considered by the full RI House tomorrow, doesn't pass. The RI Senate has already passed its version of the bill, S-0820, sponsored by by Senators Marc Cote (D-Dist 24) and Roger Picard (D-Dist. 20). Should the House bill, H-6103, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, (D-Dist. 49) and co-sponsored by Reps. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50) and Bob Phillips (D-Dist. 51), pass Wednesday, more time will be needed to reconcile it with the Senate bill. Last week, Council President and Budget Commission member John Ward noted there's a shrinking window to pass the supplemental tax in time to mail out…
Residents advised to monitor weather and seek shelter in event of hazardous weather.
The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Special Weather Statement for the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Thunderstorms have already been forming in Southern New Hampshire and additional storms are expected to develop across Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island during the afternoon hours. Some of these storms will produce damaging wind gusts, hail, lightning and heavy rainfall. The main threats will be gusting winds and heavy downpourts, according to the NWS. Residents should closely monitor weather conditions during the afternoon hours and take shelter immediately should dangerous weather develop.