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May 26th

Landmark surpasses final hurdle to sale

May 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Three days after the Rhode Island Department of Health gave its blessing, state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin Friday announced he has approved - with conditions - the proposed sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Steward Health Care System, a for-profit Massachusetts hospital group.
Kilmartin's decision, which finally paves the way for the sale, came just days after State Health Director Michael Fine announced his decision to approve the deal, under which Landmark would become a for-profit hospital.

May 24th

House stalls tax bill

May 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In a shocking, tearful reversal of a stand she took two days before, Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt torpedoed the bill that would have allowed Woonsocket to impose a 13 percent supplemental tax, legislation city leaders say was vital in order to avoid the need for a state budget commission.

Monument to get attention on Memorial Day

May 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The monument at the center of a simmering feud between the city and a Wisconsin atheist group will get some special attention on Memorial Day.
There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Place Jolicoeur, the first holiday rite of its kind at the site of the monument in recent memory.
Led by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and members of the United Veterans Council, the ceremony will take place at noon, after the Memorial Day Parade.

$69.8 million school budget gets first approval

May 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It took multiple meetings and a line-item-by-line-item spending review but on Wednesday the School Committee finally came to terms on how much money it needs to spend during the 2012-2013 school year.
Four members of the panel gave a unanimous first passage to a budget of $69.8 million after School Committeeman Christopher Roberts made a final round of adjustments based on his meetings with the School Administration and City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.

May 23rd

UPDATED: Dept. of Health approves Landmark sale

May 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center is one giant step closer to becoming a for-profit hospital owned by Steward Health Care this week after the health department approved the sale, with numerous conditions.
Health Director Michael Fine announced Tuesday that the state Department of Health had approved Steward’s application to buy the struggling hospital under the complex Hospital Conversions Act.

May 22nd

RAISING THE BIG TOP

May 22, 2012

Despite the persistent rain, work crews set up the big top for the Piccadilly Circus at Barry Field in Woonsocket Tuesday. Two shows begin Wednesday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Carrier covers half of embezzlement losses

May 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A Chicago-based insurance carrier has covered more than half of the $389,000 the city had claimed as a financial loss due to embezzlement.
Axis Insurance Co. recently paid the city $200,000, the maximum its policy allows for claims of employee theft, said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.

House FinCom passes supplemental tax bill

May 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The House Finance Committee passed the Woonsocket supplemental tax bill on a 12-2 voted Tuesday allowing it to go to the House floor for a final vote on Thursday.
Two Woonsocket representatives, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Jon Brien told the panel they would lend their support to the bill “as a professional courtesy” to city officials, but both spoke about what they see as better alternatives for the city.

Council tables takeover request

May 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The City Council voted 6-1 last night to table a measure asking the state to appoint a budget commission to take over the city’s finances, saying it would resurrect the measure quickly if the House of Representatives fails to push forward the city’s request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill today.

Cumberland High to honor its best

May 22, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland school community will come together May 29 to honor the 35 students who finished in the the top 10 percent of their graduating class .
Those students include Cumberland High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian Katilyn S. Krajanowski and Salutatorian Gabriella K. Cottiero.
The top 10 graduates will be honored at the annual Cumberland High School Distinguished Scholars Ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 29 at 9:15 a.m. in the front foyer of the high Shhool.

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