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June 11th

Cab drivers protest tax on fares

June 11, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The owner of the city’s only cab company says a tax on taxi fares imposed by lawmakers last year has resulted in a loss of business, increased red tape and customer dissatisfaction.
“Taxi drivers survive on tips and what my drivers are telling me is that those tips don’t exist anymore because of this sales tax on taxi services,” said Bill Legare, owner of
Valley Transportation on Front Street.

June 10th

Landmark Medical Center gets a shot in the arm

June 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As Landmark Medical Center marks five years in receivership this month, a federal agency has stepped in to shore up the struggling hospital’s pension system before it runs out of money to pay beneficiaries.
The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation will continue paying benefits to retirees and make good on promises to active employees who will be due benefits when they retire – a group of about 750 individuals in all, said Marc Hopkins, a spokesman for the PBGC.

Bill: Absences jeopardize welfare payments

June 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – If a child misses 20 percent or more of a school year due to unexcused absences, his or her family could lose its cash and medical assistance under the Rhode Island Works welfare program, if a bill sponsored by Woonsocket Rep. Stephen Casey becomes law.
The bill would require a parent applying for welfare benefits to sign an affidavit stating that his or her child is enrolled in and attending school and has an attendance rate of not less than 80 percent for the current school year, not including illness, or injury-related absences.

June 9th

Villa Novans visit Rwanda, twenty years after genocide

June 9, 2013

By JOSEPH B. NADEAU

jnadeau@woonsocketcall.com

WOONSOCKET - Nick Bousquet knew he wanted to make a visit to Rwanda long before he ever became a senior and actually made such a trip with seven of his classmates.

June 7th

BURRILLVILLE GRADUATION

June 7, 2013

Alyssa Lemire, Danielle Dumais, Laura Antoniello and Juliette Latendresse, members of the Burrillville High School Class of 2013, from left, are all smiles as they await the start of their graduation ceremony at Levy Arena Friday night.

It pays to be on council

June 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Even after taking a 10 percent pay cut recently, members of the City Council are still among the highest paid officials of their kind in the state, at $9,000 a year.
But all that could change if a proposal to slash the salaries of councilors and members of the School Committee gains any traction at a special meeting called for Monday night. Council salaries would drop by 33 percent, taking them down to $6,000.
For school officials, the cut would be closer to 44 percent, dropping salaries from $7,200 to $4,000, with a $250 perk for the chairperson.

Are city council members paid too much?

June 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Even after taking a 10 percent pay cut recently, members of the City Council are still among the highest paid officials of their kind in the state, at $9,000 a year.
But all that could change if a proposal to slash the salaries of councilors and members of the School Committee gains any traction at a special meeting called for Monday night. Council salaries would drop by 33 percent, taking them down to $6,000.
For school officials, the cut would be closer to 44 percent, dropping salaries from $7,200 to $4,000, with a $250 perk for the chairperson.

June 6th

Gist's contract renewed

June 6, 2013

WARWICK – Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday.
The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and one next year. It also came with some provisions that keep the commissioner on a short leash.

Stormy weather sign of things to come?

June 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Just a week into the official start of hurricane season, Southern New England will get a sample of what Mother Nature may have in store as the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea pummel the region today with torrential rain.
The first named storm of the season lashed Florida with winds up to 60 mph, but the trek across land will sap most of Andrea’s windpower by the time she arrives this morning
Still, the National Weather Services is predicting Andrea could dump 3 inches or more of rain in the Greater Woonsocket area, most of it tonight.

Committee OKs principal hirings

June 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee on Wednesday approved three recommendations by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan to fill principal and assistant principal posts in the district while also granting the nod to the postings of two elementary principal vacancies.
The action by the four committee members present — Christopher Roberts, Eleanor Nadeau, John Donlon and Anita McGuire-Forcier — sends Middle School Assistant Principal Robert Picard to head the Bernon Heights Elementary School. School Committee Chairwoman Vimala Phongsavanh was absent.

 

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