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May 20th, 2014
CUMBERLAND â The Town Councilâs Finance Subcommittee will open review of Mayor Daniel J. McKeeâs proposed $88 million town budget for 2014-2015 when the three-member panel meets Thursday night in the Town Council chamber beginning at 6:30 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â As was predicted, the state-appointed Budget Commission Monday approved Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's plan to bring back full-day kindergarten, but it was far from a unanimous decision with commission member and City Council President Albert G. Brien the only member of the panel to vote against it.
Read the full story in Tuesday's newspaper.
With temperatures rising and the days lengthening, all of Rhode Island is getting ready for beach season.
Lincoln Woodsâ Frank Moody Beach, one of the busiest beaches in the state parks system, opened on May 10. The beach and swimming area provides summer relief to thousands of city dwellers from Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket and Providence.
âWe had a great opening weekend with great weather,â said a worker at the facilityâs main office. âAnd weâre looking forward to an even better summer.â
Full version can be found on page A1 of Sunday's Call.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The woman who died after the car she was driving slammed into a tree on Great Road Tuesday morning has been identified as Elaine M. Beretta, 66, of Burrillville.
A medical helicopter transported Beretta from a site near the crash to Rhode Island Hospital, where she later died.
In a statement released Friday morning, police issued a public appeal for information about the cause of the crash, which remains unknown.
Anyone with information they think might be helpful may call the North Smithfield Police Departmentâs tip line, 401-762-9983.
WOONSOCKET â After her plan to bring back full-day kindergarten won the blessing of the School Committee Wednesday, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is poised to ask the state-appointed Budget Commission for the OK to implement the program in the fall.
Thanks to a combination of federal and state grants, as well as changes in the reimbursement formula for state aid, officials say they could implement the program at no cost to taxpayers through 2018.
PROVIDENCE â With local lawmakers casting three of the five dissenting votes, the RI Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to halt the use of high-stakes standardized tests as a high school graduation requirement until 2017.
The measure, by West Warwick Sen. Adam Satchell, a Democrat, passed on a vote of 29-5, but that may be as far as it goes this year at least. Larry Berman, spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, said efforts to stop the use of the tests as a graduation requirement will not come up for a vote in that chamber this year.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A 66-year-old woman died after her car slammed head-on into a tree on Great Road Tuesday morning.
North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson said the victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by LifeFlight helicopter after she was freed from the badly mangled vehicle. She was barely responsive as she was being lifted onto a stretcher, he told The Call. She died of her injuries at the hospital, police confirmed.
WOONSOCKET â An effort to force a special election to recall the two newest members of the City Council is dead, members of the grassroots committee that spearheaded the initiative acknowledged Monday.
Today is the deadline for the so-called petitionerâs committee to turn over to the Board of Canvassers the required minimum number of signatures to keep the recall alive. But Jim Cournoyer, one of the committeeâs 10 members, said the group would not reach its goal.
CUMBERLAND â With the mighty Blackstone River flowing south along Hope Globalâs entrance drive off Martin Street, it is easy to see what problems the company has had with sudden flooding in the past.
But now, Hope Global CEO Cheryl Merchant says the worldwide textile manufacturer may not be able to wait until a solution for those flooding risks is found with the help of federal and state disaster management agencies.
Hope Global may have to take its operations to another community or even out of state to meet its growing operational needs, Merchant said Friday.
WOONSOCKET â Listening to bread dough might seem a little odd at first, but to hear longtime Woonsocket baker Emily Lisker describe the art of making bread, it starts to make sense when you consider yeast is a living organism.
âYou have to listen to the dough and make sure it wakes up before using it,â says Lisker, who is standing over four trays of sourdough in the basement kitchen of All Saints Parish on Rathbun Street.