Archive - May 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â A difficult fiscal year for the School Department may end on a good note despite earlier speculation to the contrary.
School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby told the School Committee on Wednesday that a budget update prepared by her department and the cityâs accounting firm, Braver PC, projects school spending to stay within budget or even tally a slight surplus as the fiscal year ends on June 30.
Busby said the projection is the result of a meeting she had with representatives of the state Auditor Generalâs office and the cityâs auditing firm, Braver, PC, on Monday.
PROVIDENCE â Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarcaâs civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.
PROVIDENCE â If the state is going to talk about âshared sacrificeâ to help eliminate a $300 million budget deficit, then those at the very highest income levels should be asked to sacrifice as well, a freshman state representative said Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE â The hoped-for sale of Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center once again failed to materialize yesterday as a Superior Court judge said the bidders for the teetering hospital have not yet eliminated various deal-breaker provisions from their offers, as he directed them to do nearly two weeks ago.
Judge Michael Silverstein had been expected to make a decision on which, if any, of Landmark's prospective suitors would be allowed to move forward, but instead he gave them all one last chance to resolve their problems, setting a new deadline of May 27 for a possible selection.
LINCOLN â Town Council member John Flynn, who represents Lonsdale, forecast a rather tame Financial Town Meeting as he sat in the Lincoln High School auditorium on Monday night.
Turned out, he was right.
Taxpayers unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2011-12 combined operating budget of approximately $70.1 million to allow for the continuation of programs and services already provided. As for the breakdown supplied by the Budget Board, about $17.4 million will be allotted to the municipal side, and $47.8 million to education.
WOONSOCKET â Robert Shaw's son had been a Providence policeman for five years when the 27-year-old was shot and killed by a burglar hiding in the closet of a South Side tenement in 1994.
But Shaw says the most important memorial tribute to Patrolman Steven M. Shaw isn't held in Providence â it's here, outside the headquarters of the Woonsocket Police Department, where a dedicated band of local police officers stages the Copswalk service once a year.