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September 16th, 2012

Prescription drug takeback day scheduled

September 16, 2012

Several locations in northern Rhode Island, including the Woonsocket and Pawtucket police stations, will be among dozens of collection sites in another statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 29, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced.
The event is an opportunity to safety dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, lessening the likelihood of them falling into the wrong hands.

September 15th

City adding two schools to property sell-off list

September 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The city's list of former school buildings it wants to sell off is about to get longer.
The School Committee heard this past week that two elementary schools no longer in use by the department, the Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue elementary buildings, should be ready for turnover to the city by the end of October.

Public comment might slide down agenda

September 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET – That venerable preamble to every City Council meeting during which members of the general public get to speak their minds on their topic of choice may be in for a makeover.
For one thing, it wouldn’t be preamble any more.
If City Council President John Ward has his way, good and welfare will be tucked closer to the middle of the meeting.

FOLLOWING THE DREAM

September 15, 2012

Community leaders and city residents turned out for the dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the intersection of South Main and Mason streets in Woonsocket Saturday. Police Chief Thomas Carey, who spearheaded the project, welcomed Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and Congressman David Cicilline as well as other local and state dignitaries. Pictured here: Pastor Eugene Kinlow, of All Nations Church of God in Christ on Fairmount Street, gives an impassioned sermon on Dr. King, ending with "Never die, never die, never die." The Rev. Dr. Sammy C. Vaughn, of St.

September 14th

FACE TO FACE

September 14, 2012

Dylan Silva, of North Smithfield, paints a face on his pumpkin during last year’s North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival. This year's festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Smithfield High School, rain or shine.

Letters to apprise retirees of likely rollbacks

September 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Hundreds of city retirees will soon be getting letters in the mail from the Budget Commission, apprising them of possible rollbacks coming in pension and health benefits.

Judge OKs Landmark, BC/BS agreement

September 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – After thinking it over for two days, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Friday approved an agreement ending a contract dispute over reimbursement rates between Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross.
The memorandum of understand brings Landmark back into the Blue Cross coverage network following the expiration of the parties’ last contract on July 17.

Panel: Years to eliminate deficit

September 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — During an impromptu summary of its progress in addressing the city’s financial crisis Thursday, members of the Budget Commission predicted it will take three to five years to eliminate a deficit on track to reach about $14 million by the end of the fiscal year.
The panel has been gathering information about, and discussing, shrinking personnel costs in several keys ways, including eliminating cost of living adjustments for police and fire department retirees, reducing current staff in those areas and putting every city employee on one, unified health plan.

Schools seeking a few good teachers

September 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee has approved the posting of nine teaching positions after hearing School Supt. Giovanna Donoyan's request for the action as the first step in filling vacant posts in local schools.
Donoyan submitted the teacher posting requests along with a list of 32 vacancies districtwide that also include administrative and non-certified positions.
Donoyan explained that the positions are already funded in the school department's budget and have been approved by both the committee and the state Budget Commission managing city affairs in earlier action.

September 12th

Judge balks at Blue Cross deal

September 12, 2012

PROVIDENCE — An agreement to bring Landmark Medical Center back into Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s coverage network yesterday failed to win the blessing of a Superior Court judge who said he’s concerned it may not do enough to save the hospital or get it sold.
Associate Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein said he would decide whether to approve the proposed agreement between Landmark and Blue Cross no later than Tuesday.

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