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Age-old dilemma: Cut services or increase revenue?

March 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee balked at cutting school lunch monitors on Wednesday as the next step in reducing local school spending, but will seek to make changes in the health care coverage held by retired school department employees.
The decisions came Wednesday as the School Committee considered several matters related to the school department's ongoing budget problems and seemed to indicate a growing concern among some of the panel's members that student needs are being pushed aside in the effort to address funding shortfalls.

Afterschool study and job training at their fingertips

March 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Local young people will have a new opportunity for career training and online work research thanks to a donation from the GTECH Corporation to the Family Resources Community Action YouthWorks411 Center, at 55 Main St.
GTECH President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel joined Family Resources Executive Director Benedict F. Lessing Jr., along with staff and program members this week in unveiling the just-completed and fully-furnished computer lab.

Child molester receives 20-year sentence

March 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE — A North Smithfield man has been sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison, with 20 to serve and 20 suspended with probation, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. In addition, the convicted man must undergo sex offender counseling, was ordered to have no contact with the victims, and must register as a sex offender.

Rep. MacBeth reintroduces abortion bill

March 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In each of the last three years, Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth sponsored legislation that would require doctors to offer to show and explain fetal ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. The bills died with little media or public fanfare.
MacBeth has introduced the bill again, but this year pre-abortion ultrasounds have become a red-hot button nationwide controversy as state legislatures across the country have passed or are considering a variety of bills mandating the procedure in various forms

March 29th

Man arrested for attempted murder

March 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A city man was arrested at a North Smithfield motel Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after allegedly slashing two others in a bloody feud outside a convenience store earlier this week.
Alvin Huggins, 28, was taken into custody at Traveler’s Motor Lodge by members of the North Smithfield and Woonsocket police departments, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette. Police seized a steak knife and a blood-stained sneaker from his room at the motel, located at 1210 Eddie Dowling Highway.

Landmark/Blue Cross mediator identified

March 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A veteran Providence litigator has agreed to serve as mediator in attempts to resolve some vexing legal claims between Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island that could affect the sale of the teetering hospital.
William Dolan III is general counsel and chief legal officer for Brown Rudnick LLC, a firm with more than 200 lawyers in five U.S. cities and two more in Europe.

Man hurt in fall from bridge

March 29, 2012

Rescue personnel prepare to take a man to Rhode Island Hospital after he reportedly jumped or fell from the Court Street Bridge Wednesday. Police Capt. Edward Lee said the incident occuring just before 5 p.m. remained under investigation. The man landed in the parking lot behind the Allen Street Condominiums between the Main Street bypass and the Blackstone River. Lee said the man was conscious at the scene while being assisted by rescue personnel, but did not have further information on his condition Wednesday evening.

March 28th

School Committee fires Busby

March 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET — In a rare move to handle a personnel action in public session, the School Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to terminate School Department Finance Director Stacey Busby after hearing a recommendation from School Superintendent Giovana Donoyan supporting the action.
The termination of Busby came after School Committee Chairwoman Anita McGuire-Forcier heard no motion from her peers for a move into closed session to consider the sole personnel matter on the evening's agenda.

Valley cities top R.I. foreclosures

March 28, 2012

A new study released today by HousingWorks RI says Central Falls, Woonsocket and Pawtucket ranked among the top four communities with the highest foreclosure rates from 2009 through 2011, with multi-family homes bearing the brunt of the blow.

City girl beaten by her peers

March 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Police have charged two city girls with assault with a dangerous weapon, a foot, and two other girls with simple assault over the Saturday afternoon attack on a 12-year-old city girl that was recorded and uploaded to the Internet.
The four suspects are also charged with conspiracy over the assault, according to Juvenile Detective Jamie Paone, investigating officer.
The video-recorded beating outside the Plaza Village apartment complex was reported to involve a victim the assailants knew and then spent Saturday night with after the attack.

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