September 15th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The city's list of former school buildings it wants to sell off is about to get longer.
The School Committee heard this past week that two elementary schools no longer in use by the department, the Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue elementary buildings, should be ready for turnover to the city by the end of October.
WOONSOCKET â€“ That venerable preamble to every City Council meeting during which members of the general public get to speak their minds on their topic of choice may be in for a makeover.
For one thing, it wouldnâ€™t be preamble any more.
If City Council President John Ward has his way, good and welfare will be tucked closer to the middle of the meeting.
Community leaders and city residents turned out for the dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the intersection of South Main and Mason streets in Woonsocket Saturday. Police Chief Thomas Carey, who spearheaded the project, welcomed Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and Congressman David Cicilline as well as other local and state dignitaries. Pictured here: Pastor Eugene Kinlow, of All Nations Church of God in Christ on Fairmount Street, gives an impassioned sermon on Dr. King, ending with "Never die, never die, never die." The Rev. Dr. Sammy C. Vaughn, of St.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fans are invited to McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night to take a photo with the Governorsâ€™ Cup and to watch the PawSox play for the 2012 Triple-A National Championship on the video board.
Gates at McCoy Stadium will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch slated for shortly after 7 oâ€™clock. Admission to this event is free.
Winners of their first Governorsâ€™ Cup since 1984, the PawSox will now play the winner of the Pacific Coast League Playoffs, Reno or Omaha, for the Gildan Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.
CUMBERLAND --- Give Cumberlandâ€™s â€˜Dâ€™ an â€˜Aâ€™ for its excellent performance against Central on Friday night.
The Clippers limited the speedy Knights to just 117 yards of offense and only two trips inside Cumberlandâ€™s 30 en route to a well-deserved shutout and a 28-0 victory in their Division II-B meeting at Tucker Field.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brendan Guerin also earned high grades spinning the laces, completing 11 of his 18 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, but the story of this night was the Clippersâ€™ defense.
Dylan Silva, of North Smithfield, paints a face on his pumpkin during last yearâ€™s North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival. This year's festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Smithfield High School, rain or shine.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hundreds of city retirees will soon be getting letters in the mail from the Budget Commission, apprising them of possible rollbacks coming in pension and health benefits.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After thinking it over for two days, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Friday approved an agreement ending a contract dispute over reimbursement rates between Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross.
The memorandum of understand brings Landmark back into the Blue Cross coverage network following the expiration of the partiesâ€™ last contract on July 17.
WOONSOCKET â€” During an impromptu summary of its progress in addressing the cityâ€™s financial crisis Thursday, members of the Budget Commission predicted it will take three to five years to eliminate a deficit on track to reach about $14 million by the end of the fiscal year.
The panel has been gathering information about, and discussing, shrinking personnel costs in several keys ways, including eliminating cost of living adjustments for police and fire department retirees, reducing current staff in those areas and putting every city employee on one, unified health plan.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee has approved the posting of nine teaching positions after hearing School Supt. Giovanna Donoyan's request for the action as the first step in filling vacant posts in local schools.
Donoyan submitted the teacher posting requests along with a list of 32 vacancies districtwide that also include administrative and non-certified positions.
Donoyan explained that the positions are already funded in the school department's budget and have been approved by both the committee and the state Budget Commission managing city affairs in earlier action.