Archive - Sep 14, 2012 - News Article
Dylan Silva, of North Smithfield, paints a face on his pumpkin during last yearâ€™s North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival. This year's festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Smithfield High School, rain or shine.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hundreds of city retirees will soon be getting letters in the mail from the Budget Commission, apprising them of possible rollbacks coming in pension and health benefits.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After thinking it over for two days, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Friday approved an agreement ending a contract dispute over reimbursement rates between Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross.
The memorandum of understand brings Landmark back into the Blue Cross coverage network following the expiration of the partiesâ€™ last contract on July 17.
WOONSOCKET â€” During an impromptu summary of its progress in addressing the cityâ€™s financial crisis Thursday, members of the Budget Commission predicted it will take three to five years to eliminate a deficit on track to reach about $14 million by the end of the fiscal year.
The panel has been gathering information about, and discussing, shrinking personnel costs in several keys ways, including eliminating cost of living adjustments for police and fire department retirees, reducing current staff in those areas and putting every city employee on one, unified health plan.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee has approved the posting of nine teaching positions after hearing School Supt. Giovanna Donoyan's request for the action as the first step in filling vacant posts in local schools.
Donoyan submitted the teacher posting requests along with a list of 32 vacancies districtwide that also include administrative and non-certified positions.
Donoyan explained that the positions are already funded in the school department's budget and have been approved by both the committee and the state Budget Commission managing city affairs in earlier action.