Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” A spending freeze, a hiring freeze and the termination of the Feinstein Learning Academy for disruptive students are at the top of Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyanâ€™s list in a plan ordered by the stateâ€™s revenue director to eliminate a $2 million-plus deficit in the School Departmentâ€™s 2011 budget.
Donoyan submitted the plan yesterday to State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and state Auditor General Dennis Hoyle, in keeping with the deadline laid down by the state officials during an emergency meeting Monday.
BELLINGHAM â€” A 63-year-old Blackstone man was killed Monday in a two-car accident on South Main Street, across from the Bellingham Middle School, police said.
The victim, Robert F. Kaczor, of 1 Jefferson St., was taken by ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead following the 5 p.m. accident.
The crash occurred in front of Wengerâ€™s Farm, at 1048 South Main St.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center is fighting back after a longstanding partner in the local health care scene decided to shift its maternity and obstetrics patients to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
The city hospital launched an advertising campaign to promote its in-house maternity and related services Tuesday, a day after Thundermist Health Center initiated the patient shift.
â€śWe are marketing our services,â€ť said Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer. â€śWeâ€™re advertising and continuing to reach out to the community about the quality of services we offer.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” The state Department of Revenue has laid down a Wednesday deadline for the School Department to submit a plan to clarify its current rate of spending on personnel after the unexpected discovery of a deficit of $2.2 to $2.7 million in last yearâ€™s school budget.
If the inquiry points to the incursion of yet another deficit at the end of the current fiscal year, DOR might appoint a fiscal overseer to monitor the cityâ€™s expenses, state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly said.
WOONSOCKET â€” An 80-year-old city man, crossing Main Street after a visit to City Hall, suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a car Monday morning.
Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said the elderly man was struck while he was in the crosswalk in front of historic Harris Hall at about 11:20 a.m.
â€śThe victim was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. today,â€ť Jalette said.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Departmentâ€™s projected $2 million 2010-2010 budget deficit is expected to be discussed by city and state budget officials during a meeting at the state Department of Administration today.
The finding of a new city deficit resulted from an annual audit of municipal and school spending for the fiscal year ending June 30 and was aired last Thursday during a meeting of city and school officials at Harris Hall.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” When Ron Carter was an older teen-ager back in the late 1970s, he often would make the short trek from his home with his dad, Fred, to Lindy's Tavern in Forestdale just to enjoy a few beers and shoot some pool with pals.
It was quite the town hangout back then, a place where folks would go to imbibe, order a sandwich or watch the Red Sox or Bruins on the tiny TV above the bar; this was back when Boston's WSBK Ch. 38 televised the B's.
Students at Globe Park Elementary School salute Lance Cpl. Edward Smith of the U.S. Marine Corps during a kick-off Friday morning for the school's annual Toys For Tots drive. The school is asking for your help by bringing in new, unwrapped games or toys to the school's office from Dec. 12-16.
MILLVILLE â€” With the senior center slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts, town senior advocates may have dodged a bullet and won a temporary reprieve in the wake of the news that an unidentified sum of money has been bequeathed to the center from the estate of an unnamed source.
That was the good news delivered to the Board of Selectmen last week when senior center Director Carol Smith appeared before the board to request that the town's legal counsel determine if the estate monies can be used by the Millville Council on Aging to fund the center and keep it open.
WOONSOCKET â€” A city man's decision to investigate suspicious activity in his neighborhood resulted in him being charged with a gun violation, according to police.
It turns out, the car tampering incident that Jonathan Chan, 26, of 165 Glen Road, thought was occurring outside his home on Nov. 25 was nothing more than a newspaper delivery person making her early-morning rounds. He is now charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon â€” a handgun â€” and possession of a pistol without a license or permit, in connection with the incident, according to police.