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May 23rd

Summer season kicks off with Memorial Day events

May 23, 2013

They’re known as The Flying Squadron, an ever-changing group of Uxbridge veterans who have made it a Memorial Day tradition over the past 138 years to visit local schoolchildren with a simple message: The final Monday of May is not just the start of summer vacation season, but a time to honor Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The squadron, which is made up today of 20 town veterans divided into two units, will conduct its 139th consecutive visitation to town schools on Friday to kick off the town’s Memorial Day observances.

May 22nd

Woonsocket's 125th: City plans celebration to mark anniversary

May 22, 2013

WOONSOCKET – There is no question the city has been in a struggle to survive fiscally in recent months but Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said Wednesday the upcoming 125th anniversary of the city’s incorporation should still be a time for city residents to recall all the things that make it great.

And to that end, a group of more than 100 volunteers from city organizations, businesses, and committed residents is now working on a Main Street block party everyone involved hopes will equal or exceed the celebration of the city’s 100th Anniversary in 1988.

May 21st

Report: Low-cost housing needs upkeep

May 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the state’s economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled “The Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,” says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.

City, WHS at odds over trash costs

May 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – At a time when residents’ fees for curbside trash collection are expected to double in the months ahead, the city is still subsidizing the cost of trash collection in public housing projects by more than $50,000 a year, according to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The mayor is pushing the Woonsocket Housing Authority to absorb those costs, but a preliminary plan unveiled during a meeting of the Budget Commission Monday was rejected by the WHA as needlessly “punitive.”

Teachers bash Gist with grievances

May 21, 2013

CRANSTON – Public school teachers from North Smithfield to Newport jammed into the auditorium at Cranston High School West Monday and for well over two hours unloaded a long list of grievances against Education Commissioner Deborah Gist with the stated intention of convincing the new state Board of Education to not renew her contract next month.

Council backs plan to ban smoking in parks

May 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After hearing residents voice concerns about enforcement of a related $100 fine and also general support for its health implications for children, the City Council on Monday granted first passage to a new ordinance banning smoking in city parks.
The five members present all voted to support passage of the measure, which will require a second approval to become law. Council President John Ward left for a personal commitment just prior to the vote but indicated he too favored the smoking ban, and City Councilman Albert G. Brien was not present due to illness.

May 20th

Panel to advise DOR of city's pension status

May 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The latest actuarial data confirms that the financial condition of the city’s locally-administered pension plan for police and firefighters meets the state’s definition of “critical” because its assets have dipped below 60 percent of its liabilities to pensioners.
The data from USI Consulting means the city is no longer exempt from having to file a Funding Improvement Plan to the state Department of Revenue under a law passed last year by the General Assembly.

May 19th

History was in his sights

May 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The diary of a young soldier from Woonsocket detailing his experiences during World War II has livened up a Shea High School history class far more than any textbook ever could.

No one remembers exactly how Emilian Larue's leather bound diary ended up at Shea. By chance one day, history teacher James Matuszek was perusing a shelf in the history department office that held books and videos on WWII. “I pulled out some books and the diary fell out,” said Matuszek. “I started to read and realized, 'Wow, this is incredible stuff.'”

May 18th

Small Business Administration recognizes Brown & Hopkins Country Store

May 18, 2013

GLOCESTER — Elizabeth Yuill, owner and shopkeeper of the historic Brown & Hopkins Country Store in Chepachet, has been named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as one of its 2013 Rhode Island small-business award winners.
Yuill and other recipients of the SBA awards will be honored during the annual Rhode Island Salute to Small Business luncheon on June 12 at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston.
The SBA awards will be presented in nine categories. Yuill won in the Rhode Island Women-owned Small Business of the Year category.

New police station in the hands of voters (Wed. night)

May 18, 2013

BELLINGHAM – Annual Town Meeting voters will be asked Wednesday to approve hiring an architect to design a new police station in town.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Bellingham High school auditorium, 60 Blackstone St.
The town wants to build a bigger, more modernized station because the current facility is dated, too small and unsafe, according to police officials. Not only does the current station need extensive renovation of the holding cells, it also needs a new roof and a new boiler, among other things.

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