Archive - 2013 - News Article
LINCOLN â€“ A senior from the high school was reported hurt Thursday afternoon when the car he was driving struck a utility pole and rolled over onto its roof.
Police Chief Brian Sullivan said Devin Lambert, 18, of Main Street in Albion, had been heading south on Anna Sayles Road after leaving the school and struck the pole near the small rotary at Great Road.
The student was wearing a seatbelt and that may have prevented further injury in the incident, the chief said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It seemed like the case was all tied up, as police sometimes say, neat as a bow.
Alas, when Miguel A. Rondon confessed to stealing a pocketbook Wednesday, it was not to be.
Before the afternoon was over, a policeman would be head-butted by Rondonâ€™s younger brother, a woman arrested for harboring a fugitive, and a missing juvenile flushed from hiding.
By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
WOONSOCKET â€“ Pauline Dubois raised eight kids and that means a lot of birthday cakes have been baked in her oven on Cass Avenue over the years.
â€śI grew up with Paulineâ€™s son, Mike, and she would also make cakes for all the neighborhood kids on their birthdays,â€ť says Albert Beauparlant, co-chairman of the cityâ€™s upcoming 125th anniversary Main Street block party celebration.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission on Friday will consider asking the Rhode Island Department of Education for an advance of some $12 million in state aid from fiscal 2014 so the city can meet payrolls in July and satisfy other bills, including a $4.8 million debt service payment.
If approved, this would be the second year in a row that the commission has asked RIDE for an aid advance to ease through a fast-approaching cash crunch. Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce says the window is closing on other options.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The owner of the cityâ€™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.
â€śTaxi drivers survive on tips and what my drivers are telling me is that those tips donâ€™t exist anymore because of this sales tax on taxi services,â€ť said Bill Legare, owner of
Valley Transportation on Front Street.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As Landmark Medical Center marks five years in receivership this month, a federal agency has stepped in to shore up the struggling hospitalâ€™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 â€“ a group of about 750 individuals in all, said Marc Hopkins, a spokesman for the PBGC.
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
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.
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ 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.