May 27th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” In a rare Sunday session, the City Council voted 5-2 last night to ask the state bring in a budget commission to take over the cityâ€™s finances.
Pro-commission councilors blamed lawmakers for forcing their hand by failing to okay the cityâ€™s request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill last week.
Woonsocket police officers, from left, Andrew Broccoli, Jeffrey Gagnon, Justin Mowry, Sean Rochette and Mitchell Voyer, are sworn-in as police officers during a ceremony at police headquarters Friday. The five new officers graduated from the Rhode Island Police Academy earlier in the day.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The town is getting ready to begin a revaluation of all properties within the community.
The state-mandated 2012 revaluation project kicks off within the next few weeks when inspectors from Certified Revaluation Company, Inc. (CRC) â€” which the Town Council has contracted with â€” fan out throughout the town with property record cards and aerial maps. The inspectors will visit every type of property, from residential to commercial to industrial.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Woonsocket Teachers Guild has issued a statement criticizing State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's handling of the supplemental tax increase issue.
The teachers union described Baldelli-Hunt's â€śwaffling positionâ€ť on the tax increase as resulting in the measure being sent back to committee.
The statement issued by the Guild maintained that while â€śthere has been much debate over whether this supplemental tax increase is the best solution for Woonsocket, right now the schools have no other current alternative to fund operations.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Citing continued erosion of the school departmentâ€™s finances, Moodyâ€™s Investor Service downgraded the cityâ€™s bond rating from Ba2 to B2 Thursday, three notches deeper into junk territory.
Moodyâ€™s said the city remains on watch for further downgrades. Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings, which already pegs the cityâ€™s bond rating at a junk-level BB-, is scheduled to reevaluate the assessment next week and could follow Moodyâ€™s lead, said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After an eleventh-hour parliamentary maneuver in the House killed his supplementary tax plan, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said itâ€™s inevitable that a state budget commission will take over the cityâ€™s finances, injecting more uncertainty than ever into the cityâ€™s financial picture.
WOONSOCKET â€” Three days after the Rhode Island Department of Health gave its blessing, state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin Friday announced he has approved - with conditions - the proposed sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Steward Health Care System, a for-profit Massachusetts hospital group.
Kilmartin's decision, which finally paves the way for the sale, came just days after State Health Director Michael Fine announced his decision to approve the deal, under which Landmark would become a for-profit hospital.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox received some much-needed outfield help Thursday. Despite putting up impressive numbers with Double-A Portland, J.C. Linares was not the player the Red Sox organization chose to promote.
Instead, Ronald Bermudez was the one summoned to Triple A. Selecting Bermudez over Linares may be viewed in some corners as a curious decision, especially when taking into account that the 27-year-old Linares is leading the Sea Dogs in hitting (.311), RBI (25), on-base percentage (.406) while ranking second among regulars in home runs (six) heading into Thursdayâ€™s action.
LINCOLN â€” The large gathering of Woonsocket fans who drove down Route 146 to watch one of their own, super middleweight Joe Gardner, take on Julio Garcia on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center received a low blow at what they witnessed in the four-round fight.
And speaking of low blows, that turned out to be the theme of the final three rounds. Garcia dealt them, Gardner received them, and the end result was an unpopular unanimous-decision victory by Garcia (by 40-34, 39-35, 39-35 scores) that left Gardner, his corner, and his many supporters seething.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Win and youâ€™re in the playoffs. Lose and feel the pain that goes with realizing that your season is kaput before Memorial Day.
With so much riding on Fridayâ€™s outcome, there was no time for either Lincoln or St. Raphael to get caught up with what potentially lies ahead. There would be no tomorrow for one team, nor would any partial credit be awarded as the Lions and Saints entered this pivotal final game of the regular season sporting identical 7-10 league records.