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March 28th, 2013
PROVIDENCE â€“ You have probably received e-mails telling you that $1,000 or more is available to you today by making a phone call or clicking an Internet link. If you live in a low-income neighborhood, there may be a storefront nearby where similar â€śshort-termâ€ť loans are offered.
So-called â€śpayday lendersâ€ť offer you quick cash for emergencies or to help you make ends meet until your next paycheck. But that money comes at a high price.
WOONSOCKET â€“ U.S. Senator Jack Reed, D-RI, paid a visit to Family Resources Community Actionâ€™s 55 Main St. Employment Center Tuesday to call attention to its work and the potential impact of federal budget cuts locally.
Reed toured the Centerâ€™s youth and adult job training classrooms and spoke with Family Resources instructor Melissa Rouleau and Youth Services manager Stump Olsen about their work with area residents in the center.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Saying the city canâ€™t afford to lose CVS Caremark, Councilman Robert Moreau has introduced a resolution calling on state lawmakers to quash the governorâ€™s proposal to cut the pharmacy giantâ€™s corporate income tax credits.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on the resolution, which says the proposal exposes the city to too much economic risk.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hereâ€™s a sure sign of spring: Members of the Woonsocket Police Department are gearing up for another installment of the annual trek to Washington, D.C., known as Copswalk.
Since 2000, the fundraiser has generated over $90,000 for the Wisconsin-based Concerns of Police Survivors, a non-profit that provides counseling, scholarships, family retreats and other supports for relatives of police killed in the line of duty.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Students at the high school Tuesday were asked to put their lives first and not to even think about texting when they are driving.
The request came from R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, a former police officer, who is trying to warn students around the state about the sometimes fatal risks of texting when in a motor vehicle and getting them to pledge they will be safe.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says the Budget Commission may cut off collective bargaining with the cityâ€™s labor unions by April 1 if they do not signal a willingness to provide concessions as part of the five-year solvency plan.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ If youâ€™re thinking about getting lost anytime soon, youâ€™ll probably have better luck in another town.
The North Smithfield Police Department has just sworn in Joery, a police dog whose many talents include scent-tracking missing humans. And â€“ oh yeah, donâ€™t even think about running away from the cops, because if Joeryâ€™s snout isnâ€™t enough to rein you in, the teeth may come into play.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Department is weighing new programs to help at-risk students prepare for graduation, but School Committeeman Christopher Roberts believes local parents should also have a role in that process.
Roberts wants statistics on school attendance for at-risk students included in an upcoming committee review into what steps could be taken to improve at-risk studentsâ€™ chances of complying with new state graduation requirements.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The "Big Bellies" are coming to Burrillville.
Visitors to Spring Lake Beach, Hauser Memorial Field and other outdoor public spaces in town should get a glimpse this summer of Burrillville's first solar-powered trash cans. The town is planning to install "BigBelly" solar-powered waste and recycling stations at five locations in town as part of a pilot program to encourage public space recycling.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Neil Lanctot is coming home to give a talk about baseball great Roy Campanella at the Museum of Work & Culture on Sunday. But he wonâ€™t be thinking just about the major leagues or his work as a published author.
Lanctot, son of the late Mayor Francis L. and Claire Lanctot, will also be thinking about his native city and how growing up here gave him interests that led to his success as both a college professor and writer.
The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with refreshments.