Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â More than 500 residents packed into Hamlet Middle School last night to decry the supplemental tax increase city officials have proposed as a partial solution to a cash crunch thatâs rushing toward the city like a freight train.
WOONSOCKET â The School Committee appears headed toward another difficult session on Wednesday, this time for an expected debate on whether to seek a State Police investigation into its budgeting errors and a reported language lapse in a school department employment contract.
David D. Koohy's introduction to Kiwanis International came two decades ago when he volunteered to flip burgers and pour beers at the Kiwanis Club of Newport's food concession stand at the Newport Yachting Center.
The club members were so impressed with his enthusiasm, they invited him back to help out at the next waterfront festival.
Members of the Woonsocket High School Chorus, from left, Ebony Densmore, Christine Thompson, Brianna Tavares, Jacob Chippo, Alyson Picard and Devon Lee, rehearse one of the songs they will sing at the R.I. All-State Music Festival to be held Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Joining them will be Woonsocket Middle School student Emily Taft, not pictured. The festival, sponsored by the R.I. Music Educators Association, is a great opportunity for students to perform with some of the most talented musicians in the state.
PROVIDENCE â On the order of a Superior Court judge, Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island have agreed to enter mediation in attempts to settle their dueling lawsuits over reimbursements.
WOONSOCKET â After collecting national honors for her role as a Woonsocket High School science teacher, you wouldn't think Claire Laquerre would be worried about whether she might still have her job next year.
WOONSOCKET â A supplemental tax bill would be an unwelcome burden and a hardship to many city residents, but bankruptcy would certainly be worse.
That appears to have been the consensus among members of the City Council, who debated their options during a three-hour meeting last night.
PROVIDENCE â Invoking the tactics, the slogans and in some cases the costumes of Colonial America, opponents of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs 2 percent surtax on restaurant tabs tossed bags of tea into the muddy, mostly drained Waterplace Basin on Wednesday.
Declaring that Rhode Island suffers âtaxation without competent representation,â the protesters decried the negative effects they believe the tax would have not only on restaurants, but on the entire economy of the state.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says heâs advised the major employees unions representing police, fire and teachers that he might ask them for a 10 percent pay cut to help close a $10 million gap in the School Departmentâs budget.
But whether he follows through depends on what happens tonight, when the City Council takes up a resolution to borrow some $4.3 million on the anticipation of collecting supplemental taxes.
WOONSOCKET â When police arrested 27-year-old Maurice Godin on drug charges last week, they didnât just get their man.
They got the last laugh.
Strange as it seems, Godin made no effort to keep his illicit behavior a secret from the authorities. On the contrary, police say he had a history of boasting directly to police officers about being a âgood drug dealerâ and sometimes berated them for being unable to catch him.