The week that was

The week that was

Driver hospitalized after accident on Industrial Drive

A single car accident on Monday, Nov. 4, left a Massachusetts man severely injured.

Joshua Pollander, 22, of Milford, Mass., reportedly veered off the road while traveling on Industrial Drive in the area of Comptorgauge Inc. around 3 p.m. and struck a guardrail. Police from North Smithfield, and fire departments from Smithfield, North Smithfield and Woonsocket, responded to the accident, and Pollander was extricated from the vehicle and transported by life flight to Massachusetts General Hospital in Worcester.

Bacon retires

Raymond Bacon, founder and longtime director of the Museum of Work and Culture, announced this week that he will step down from the position. The 76-year-old former school teacher has led the museum since its inception in 1997.

Blackstone's bond rating improves

Standard and Poor's Ratings Services raised the bond rating for the town of Blackstone this week two grades from AA- to AA+. S&P noted the town's $5 million surplus and excellent financial management in issuing the decision. The improvement puts the town only one grade below S&P's highest possible rating.

Woonsocket superintendent's office settles APRA suit for $1,000 SFlbSupt. Giovanna Donoyan's office will pay $1,000 to settle a suit over access to public records.

The office of Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court against Donoyan's office last week, alleging a knowing and willful violation of the state Access to Public Records Act was committed when school personnel failed to respond to a request for information within the timeframe dictated by statute.

The suit stems from a request made Dec. 1, 2012, by then-school employee Cynthia Boss for certain documents pertaining to the Woonsocket School Sick Leave Pool Board of Governors. Within 10 business days from the request, the superintendent's office extended the time to respond to the request by 20 additional business days, as allowed by APRA, for a total of 30 business days from the date of the APRA request. The office, however, did not provide a response by Jan. 15, 2013 deadline.

In fact, the Attorney General's office states that Donoyan's office did not provide a response to the Dec. 1 request until March 7, when it responded to the APRA complaint and investigation. The Attorney General later determined that there was sufficient evidence to conclude that the superintendent's office knowingly and willfully violated the APRA.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced the settlement on Nov. 8, stating Donoyan's office will pay a $1,000 fine for violating APRA.