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HOUSE OF HORRORS: Blackstone, Winnipeg linked by tragedy

October 24, 2014

BLACKSTONE – Town officials from Blackstone where a squalid house containing the skeletal remains of three dead infants was demolished on Tuesday have been invited by a Winnipeg radio talk show Monday to offer guidance and advice to a Canadian city that is now grappling with a tragedy almost identical to the one that took place in Blackstone.

Woonsocket takes another ethics hit

October 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Another member of the City Council has been named in a complaint sent to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging conflict of interest. This time it’s Councilman Daniel M. Gendron.
Jerome Smith of Woonsocket, a former state legislator and father of City Councilwoman Melissa Murray, said on Wednesday he filed the complaint against Gendron over his past votes as a council member to appoint local Attorney Lloyd R. Gariepy to his position as a Municipal Court judge.

Ethics board to investigate complaints against mayor, councilors

October 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue investigations of complaints against Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and two city councilmen.
Baldelli-Hunt was accused by former City Council President John Ward of violating the nepotism section of the Code of Ethics by hiring her 16-year-old son and members of his baseball team for part-time jobs with the city’s Public Works Department doing clean-up work such as sweeping sidewalks. The openings, which paid $10 an hour, were not advertised to the general public.

City Council tables Mayoral Academy for work session

October 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Local residents and educators once again called on the City Council Monday night to take action against a proposed 400-student mayoral academy charter school in the city, but only gained a tabling of the matter to a future work session.

City Council members Christopher Beauchamp led the move to table a council resolution instructing Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt to withdraw her name and support from the proposed school that ended the panel’s discussion Monday evening on a 4-3 vote.

McKee's budget adjustment unanimously passed by Cumberland council

October 19, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Mayor Daniel J. McKee will be able to leave office in January knowing that savings from his work to revise the town’s costs for police retirement and healthcare benefits have been applied to the local budget.

McKee, a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Nov. 4 general election, was given that sendoff by a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Town Council last week, one of the final times the current panel will be acting on local budget matters before a new council is also sworn in.

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