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March 19th

Budget Commission moving forward with pension rollbacks

March 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Budget Commission Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved a resolution to move forward with key portions of the five-year plan to wipe out the deficit, including sweeping rollbacks in pensions and post-retirement benefits for retirees.
The night before, in a non-binding vote, the City Council offered lukewarm support for the plan, approving the resolution on a split vote of 3-2. Two other members abstained, citing conflicts of interest.

Added tax will be spread out to all classes of real estate

March 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Budget Commission has scuttled its original plan for raising $2.5 million in supplemental taxes largely on the backs of single-family homeowners in favor of an across-the-board hike on all classes of real estate, coupled with higher motor vehicle taxes.
All residential property, including multi-families, would pay a supplemental bill equivalent to 4.4 percent more than what they were billed in July if the plan passes muster with state lawmakers. The same hike would extend to apartment complexes of 11 or more units, which are currently classified as commercial real estate.

March 18th

Judge sides with city in Harnois job dispute

March 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – In a victory for Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a Superior Court judge has ruled that former Highway Supt. Robert Harnois was not wrongfully terminated nearly three years ago and has no right to pursue a grievance to get his job back.
At issue was a settlement agreement that Harnois reached with the city days after he had been fired on May 19, 2010. The agreement was a swap, essentially – the city would refrain from pressing any criminal charges against Harnois and allow him to resign voluntarily if he agreed to drop grievance proceedings challenging the termination.

March 17th

Students hold Empty Bowls Project to raise funds for pantry

March 17, 2013

BLACKSTONE — The Blackstone-Millville Chapter of the National Honor Society held its seventh annual “Empty Bowls Project” dinner recently in the high school cafeteria.
The room was set-up to look like a soup kitchen where soup, bread and desserts were served. Each of the 33 NHS members was required to sell tickets to the community, while faculty and staff members from the five schools in Blackstone and Millville bought tickets from designated faculty.

Aldi supermarket plans April 4 grand opening

March 17, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Work on the new Aldi supermarket at Dowling Village is wrapping up and Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton said on Friday plans are in the works for the store’s grand opening the morning of April 4.
Hamilton has been invited to the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony that morning and noted there will be grand opening giveaways and other activities at the store.
“We are very excited about that; the only other Aldi's I am aware of in Rhode Island is in Providence,” she said of the Germany-based supermarket chain’s arrival in the Blackstone Valley.

Cory’s Crusaders are ready for battle -- May 5 fundraiser/race

March 17, 2013

BLACKSTONE — Never give up.
Those were the three words Cory Gaudet lived by every day; words that not only inspired him to forge during his 19-month battle with a terminal brain tumor, but also inspired the family members and friends who shared his short, but remarkable life.

March 15th

Cumberland High students support local student with an ocean of orange

March 15, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Students at Cumberland High School on Friday had Aydan Nyberg in their hearts – and on their sleeves.
Aydan, an eight-year-old student of the Cumberland Hill Elementary School, has been battling cancer since age 3 and has inspired the school to show support for him in a variety of ways, including wearing orange-colored clothing -- because orange is his favorite color -- and holding a number of fundraising projects.

March 14th

Brissette parole bill passes state Senate

March 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A sentencing reform bill sponsored by the controversial parole of convicted thrill-killer Alfred Brissette Jr. has been passed by the state Senate.
The measure would require individuals convicted of first- or second-degree murder to serve at least half their sentence prior to becoming eligible for parole, provided they haven’t been sentenced to life, which normally requires a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

Prime tenders amended application for Landmark

March 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – California-based Prime Healthcare Services submitted its amended application to buy Landmark Medical Center to state regulators Thursday – a day after the hospital employees union ratified a contract with a rival company that complained it has been unfairly shut out of the bidding.
The United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5067 unanimously approved a five-year collective bargaining agreement with Landmark Hospital Holdco LLC of New Jersey on Wednesday.

Good Samaritan recognized

March 14, 2013

State Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) presented Woonsocket High School senior Kyle Mulvey with a citation for rescuing a woman who accidentally drove her car onto the ice on Cass Pond in Woonsocket in January. Baldelli Hunt invited Kyle and his family to the Statehouse to be honored by the House of Representatives recently.

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