Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
BURRILLVILLE â The Town Council has ratified a tentative contract agreement between the town and the union that represents Town Hall and other municipal government employees.
Town Manager Michael C. Wood told the council last week that after more than nine months of negotiations, town employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 94, Local 186 accepted a new contract that not only gives employees a less than 2 percent annual wage increase, but also gives back some management rights to the town.
GLOCESTER â Hoop fans all over are well schooled in March Madness, which refers to the annual NCAA Menâs Basketball Tournament at which anything is possible; Davids often defeat Goliaths.
At Ponaganset High School, thereâs a unique kind of basketball tournament called Pink Madness, to spread breast cancer awareness throughout local communities.
The school held its second annual Pink Madness tournament on the weekend of Dec. 10-11.
WOONSOCKET â The New York Times on Friday weighed in on Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs defiance of a federal court order to turn over accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to prevent him from exposure to the death penalty, lauding him for taking âa principled positionâ in the case.
Pleau is accused of the September 2010 shooting death of gas station manager David D. Main of Lincoln outside Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road.
WOONSOCKET â The Sears store in Walnut Hill Plaza has survived the first round of store closings announced by Sears Holdings Co.
The Illinois-based company, which controls the Kmart and Sears chains, posted a list of 79 stores to be closed on Thursday after lackluster holiday performance, but none are located in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
But the list of 38 Kmart and 41 Sears outlets is incomplete. SHC had said earlier this week that it intends to close up to 120 âmarginally performingâ locations.
PROVIDENCE â Agreeing with, well, just about everybody, that local pension plans will be issue number one in the coming General Assembly session, House Speaker Gordon Fox says he believes enabling legislation that will allow cities and towns to craft individual solutions would be preferable to mandating a single fix to an array of diverse problems.
BURRILLVILLE â The Town Council has voted to ask the town's four independent fire districts to consider sitting down and discussing possible ways the departments can share services or equipment in an effort to reduce costs for district taxpayers.
WOONSOCKET â At a time when the term âroad rageâ was just coming into vogue, Donald Graham became a local poster child for the phenomenon by using a powerful crossbow to kill a man during a 1994 highway altercation in nearby Massachusetts.
The former church deacon is serving life without the possibility of parole for his crime at the Souza Baranawski Correctional Center in Shirley, a maximum security prison where the population includes serial killers, child molesters and rapists.
WOONSOCKET â Even now, more than seven years after serial killer Jeff Mailhot was captured, the case of the mild-mannered monster from Cato Hill still holds a lesson or two for some of the best cops in the world.
And who better to do the teaching than the investigator who cracked the case â Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr. of the city police force.
CUMBERLAND â Home is where the heart is, not to mention the wallet.
On Wednesday morning, several dignitaries â including U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Mayor Daniel McKee, Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Richard Godfrey and Cumberland Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chair Eugene McMahon â attended an open house celebrating the two new, affordable housing units at 26 Carpenter St.
All expressed delight with the camaraderie and partnerships it took to construct the pair of three-bedroom apartments, one on top of the other.
WOONSOCKET â State regulators care so little about jobs and the local economy that they're willing to enforce an arbitrary deadline to terminate consideration of Landmark Medical Center's application to merge with Steward Health Care System, the hospital's employees union charged Tuesday.
Chris Callaci, general counsel for the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, said the handling of the application by the state Department of Health and the Office of the Attorney General has been marked by such a âmonumental failure of leadershipâ that Gov. Chafee should step in to rectify the situation.