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September 13th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” State employees and schoolteachers â€śpossess implied unilateral contract rightsâ€ť to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.
WOONSOCKET â€” Using about $158,000 in drug forfeiture money, the Woonsocket Police Department has ordered seven new vehicles to replace some of the oldest cruisers and detective cars in its fleet. Capt. Kenneth Paulhus said five 2011 Ford Fusions were ordered for the detectives, while the patrol division will get two 2012 Crown Victorias.
PROVIDENCE â€” General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isnâ€™t making any promises.
â€śWe would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,â€ť she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, â€śso if youâ€™ve earned it, itâ€™s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Three police officers may be fired on administrative charges stemming from the 2009 beating of a 16-year-old boy â€” a highly publicized incident which already ended the career of another policeman who went to federal prison for assault.
City and police officials declined to confirm this information, but the head of the Woonsocket police union said all three were served with termination notices over a week ago.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A huge U.S. flag, held aloft at the entrance to the Statehouse lawn by the extension ladders of a pair of Providence fire trucks, greeted the approximately 100 people who attended the 10th anniversary observance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Sunday.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The passage of 10 years hasn't soothed the pain for Aram P. Jarret Jr. and his family but remembering his daughter Amy N. Jarret's caring ways does help them cope to a degree.
Amy was a flight attendant on United Flight 175 out of Boston and died at the age of 28 when terrorists seized the aircraft and flew it into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Chad Giguere, a senior at Woonsocket High School, was only seven when the two towers fell at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and he doesnâ€™t remember much about what he was doing at the time.
He was too young to understand the full impact of what occurred that day and didnâ€™t think too much about it as he grew up.
It was only when he watched a video of those events later in school that Giguere said he began to understand what a terrible event it had been for the nation.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Friday morning at around 7:30, Michelle Giguere, 41, a city employee, turned herself in at the Woonsocket Police Station after having had an arrest warrant for Unlawful Appropriation (over $1,000) and Computer Access for Fraudulent Purposes. The arrest warrant was obtained after a lengthy investigation by the Woonsocket Police Detective Division.
Veterans groups, first responders and civic officials from around the Valley will mark 9/11 with special Masses, prayer services and tributes on Sunday. Here is a roundup of the planned observances, arranged by the community.
â€” The Major Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306 will conduct a ceremony at the post home, 171 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, Sunday at 11 a.m. Coffee and pastry will be served.
LINCOLN â€” When the town's six public schools opened Tuesday morning, they did so with teachers and administrators ready to tackle several initiatives the Lincoln School Administration team either adopted new this year or will continue to address.
In fact, some initiatives also have been adopted by the Cumberland and Woonsocket public school districts. Those three municipalities have formed a consortium to institute what's known as the Charles A. Dana Center Project, one based at the University of Texas at Austin.