Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
CENTRAL FALLS â Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called âWillow in the Wind,â Baptista â a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket â jumped at the chance to participate. With her âteammatesâ surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.
CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.
CUMBERLAND - Caitlyn Anderson, a senior at Roger Williams University, could have spent her winter break this past January basking in the sun in Florida or doing any number of things college students do these days.
Instead, the 22-year-old Cumber-land resident volunteered her time and skills to help poor families in the deep South obtain affordable housing.
WOONSOCKET â The only bidder for a historic building at the center of a thorny dispute between the city and the state preservation authority has a familiar name.
It's state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket).
CUMBERLAND -- Tracy Fay, owner of Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery, has had her share of ups and downs.
PROVIDENCE â There were some dramatic changes in the bid picture as the parties vying to buy Landmark Medical Center began making their sales pitches in Superior Court yesterday.
The original pool of contenders for both Landmark and its sister facility, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, was pared down from four to three, as Capella Health Care of Tennessee withdrew.
PROVIDENCE â Union firefighters from Woonsocket yesterday lost their bid in Superior Court to block Mayor Leo T. Fontaine from sidelining one of the city's two ladder trucks in a belt-tightening move.
Judge Bennett Gallo said Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters had failed to prove that the reduction in apparatus put firefighters or the general public at an increased risk of danger, as the union had argued.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs plan to radically overhaul the stateâs sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafeeâs proposal to lower the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent and broaden it to a vast array of goods and services that are now exempt, House Speaker Gordon Fox had heard enough.
PROVIDENCE â The three dozen or so businessmen and women who filled the marble staircase of the Statehouse Rotunda Tuesday were quieter, better dressed and more well behaved than most of the demonstrators who regularly assemble there, and they seemed less than comfortable with the whole idea of speaking out and waving signs, but they were just as angry as many of the others who come to that spot to protest.
PROVIDENCE â The new school funding formula passed by the General Assembly last year has been hailed by educators, public officials and parents as a vast improvement in the way Rhode Island pays for its public schools. But at least two local communities claim it is inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional because it shortchanges poorer school districts.