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June 7th

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.

Police: Man choked girlfriend

June 6, 2013

LINCOLN – Police charged a 47-year-old Railroad Street man with domestic assault by strangulation on his girlfriend following a disturbance early Wednesday morning in an apartment he shares with several other people.
Robert B. Williamson was also charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone in connection with the alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend during the incident.

June 5th

Proposed tax changes making CVS wary of expanding in RI

June 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The president of a prominent economic development organization says Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s proposal to reduce tax credits for companies that create new jobs has already prompted CVS/Caremark to put on hold a substantial expansion of operations it had been planning.

June 4th

Cumberland man found guilty of child molestation

June 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John Rainey, 54, of Cumberland, was found guilty Tuesday by a Superior Court jury on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation.
The jury returned the guilty verdict 90 minutes after a five-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice William E. Carnes, Jr.

BMR schools chief takes similar Wareham post

June 4, 2013

BLACKSTONE - Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood, who has served as superintendent of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District since 2009, will be leaving the district to become superintendent of schools in Wareham, Mass.
The Wareham School Committee last Wednesday voted 4-1 to enter into contract negotiations with Shaver-Hood, who was one of three finalists vying for the job. If those negotiations are successful, she will replace Wareham School Supt. Barry Rabinovitch, who is leaving the district on July 31.

Cash crunch jeopardizes payroll

June 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Borrowing – and begging – are among the city’s latest strategies for squeezing through a cash bottleneck officials now say is jeopardizing municipal and school payrolls in July.
City officials confirmed Tuesday they’ve asked the 10 biggest taxpayers if they’re willing to pony up all or a portion of their 2014 taxes early to help the city ease through the cash crunch.
Phone calls have been placed to CVS/Caremark, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, National Grid, and others, but so far the city hasn’t gotten any firm commitments, according to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.

June 3rd

Consultants back privatization of water plant

June 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Independent consultants hired by the Budget Commission delivered what amounted to an unqualified endorsement Monday of Mayor Leo T. Fontaine’s controversial plan to privatize a proposed water treatment plant, calling it the best possible deal for ratepayers.

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