Archive - May 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
â€śAs it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,â€ť said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
â€śThey will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Prime Healthcare has now withdrawn its offer for Landmark Medical Center, making it the second bidder to walk away from the court-supervised sale of the troubled hospital in four days.
But this time there was a familiar ring to the Ontario, Calif., company's justification for pulling out â€” problems with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
LINCOLN â€” Despite giving a dire assessment of the current condition of the state pension fund, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that there is reason for optimism that the state will bring the $9 billion problem under control.
Raimondo said that Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed â€śare ready to line up and take on pension reform. They are talking about acting quickly, they are talking about a special session, they are talking about working with me to come out with concrete solutions.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mayor Leo T. Fontaine yesterday proposed a $120.5 million budget for next fiscal year that calls for a 4.5 increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by law without a waiver from the state.
Despite the increase, Fontaine said the budget calls for the elimination of two positions in the highway division, unpaid furlough days for employees and spending rollbacks for most city departments.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High senior Alyssa Browning didn't know what shocked her more â€” the fact she had been selected as one of 68 recipients of the 2011 Lt. Governor's Leadership Awards, or that her mom Cindy didn't peruse the letter informing her.
â€śShe has a tough time keeping her hands off my mail, so it took everything she had not to open it,â€ť Browning giggled before the ceremony, held at the Rhode Island Department of Administration's atrium on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon.
LINCOLN â€” In an attempt to escape from a burning three-story tenement house early Monday morning, a man leaped from a third-floor window and suffered serious injuries, Manville Fire Chief Pete Adam stated.
â€śHe didn't suffer any burns, but I believe he broke both his legs,â€ť Adam said later Monday. â€śLincoln Rescue (personnel) transported him to Rhode Island Hospital â€¦ This was one of the worst fires I've seen (in this village) in quite a while.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” A city man was arrested after he bit off piece of a man's ear in a fight Sunday night, police said.
Peter Beauvil, 22, was arraigned in District Court on one count of mayhem, a felony. Beauvil was sent to the Adult Correctional Institutions after failing to post bail Monday, according to the judiciary's Web site.
EAST GREENWICH â€” The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Islandâ€™s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Islandâ€™s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasnâ€™t learned to mince his words since moving out west.
LINCOLN â€” It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial â€“ which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty â€“ during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.