Archive - May 2011 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city might be forced to raise taxes by as much as 4.25 percent next fiscal year to make ends meet, the most allowed by state law without a waiver from the auditor general.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said he is still making cuts and hopes to propose a budget next week calling for a hike not quite so steep.
â€śOur goal is to come in at or under the cap,â€ť said the mayor. â€śWe've got most things nailed down, but we're still going through the budget to make a last round of cuts before we submit this budget to the City Council.â€ť
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 cityâ€™s 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 Generalâ€™s office and the cityâ€™s auditing firm, Braver, PC, on Monday.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarcaâ€™s 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 â€śshared sacrificeâ€ť 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.
Members of the Woonsocket United Veterans Council, from left, Joseph L. B. Nadeau, Melvin Defoe, chaplain Thomas Paine, president Ernest Frappier and Richard Schatz, present former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, center, with the Citation of Excellence Award for his efforts on their behalf during his congressional career during a ceremony at the St. Joseph Veterans Hall in Woonsocket Tuesday evening. Kennedy spoke of his new crusade on behalf of veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome, depression and substance abuse issues after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Call will be taking a group photo of area veterans on Saturday, May 21, at the monument located at the intersection of Main and Court Street in downtown Woonsocket. We will take the photo at 1 p.m. sharp so please show up 15 minutes early.
The photo will appear on the cover of our May 30 Memorial Day special section.
If we get a big crowd, we will also take separate photos of veterans from each of the following eras: World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War/Iraq/Afghanistan. You do not need to be a combat veteran. Anyone who served in the military is welcome to attend.
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.
Weâ€™ve been publishing the Military Page since Jan. 31. I didnâ€™t know how it would play with our readers, figuring maybe we could get some early interest before things waned. After three months, the pictures of veterans keep coming in. Family members are dropping off treasured photos each week, often including a note telling us how much pride they take in the service of their siblings, most of whom are deceased but still very alive in the memories of the family they left behind.