Archive - 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Moodyâ€™s downgraded the cityâ€™s bond rating yesterday, dropping it by a full point, from Ba1 to Ba2, a move that could increase financing costs on the cityâ€™s $225 million in outstanding bonds and debt.
Moodyâ€™s sent Finance Director Thomas Bruce a letter explaining that change is related to past and ongoing school deficits. The company also noted the cityâ€™s improved financial management practices and willingness to increase revenues, even in a difficult economic environment.
WOONSOCKET â€” A man robbed the Ronzio Pizza Restaurant on Providence Street of an undetermined amount of cash after holding the business' manager at gunpoint Sunday evening.
Patrol units were sent to the 375 Providence St. business at 7:30 p.m. after the armed suspect fled on foot with the stolen cash and a rifle used to carry out the robbery, police said Monday.
PROVIDENCE â€” When Dan Couture got a nagging pain in his shoulder last month, the avid health buff from North Smithfield passed if off as the byproduct of too much exercise.
On Christmas Day, after four days of suffering, the 63-year-old real estate appraiser couldnâ€™t stand it anymore. The pain had become so unbearable that he had has wife, June, drive him to Landmark Medical Center. There, doctors strapped him to a monitoring device and calmly informed Couture he was in the throes of a full-blown heart attack.
WOONSOCKET â€” With a tip of the hat from President Obama, civic leaders and church groups capped a three-day tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday with the dedication of a new work of art honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Over 150 people braved a bone-chilling morning to take part in the ceremony, across the street from St. James Baptist Church, the cityâ€™s largest African-American congregation, which commissioned the steel-plate, multi-colored silhouettes of Dr. King preaching to a half-dozen followers, young and old.