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June 19th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council held a public hearing on Mayor Leo T. Fontaine's proposed $122-million city budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 but heard only a handful of local residents comment on the spending plan before the session concluded about 40 minutes after in began in historic Harris Hall.
The light turnout of residents compared to past years likely had to do with the city's move to put its spending authority in the hands of a state-appointed Budget Commission which met earlier in the day and will continue work on a final 2012-2013 budget on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.
Angelo Broccoli, 3, watches as Nathan Oum, 9, center, and his brother, Biagio Broccoli, 7, reach for the pass as they play catch on the steps of St. James Church in Manville Tuesday. Hot summer weather is forecast for the next couple of days, with highs reaching the mid-90s.
PROVIDENCE â€” After winning a months-long tug-of-war with Gov. Lincoln Chafee to gain custody of Jason Wayne Pleau, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Monday that he intends to seek the death penalty against Pleau for allegedly murdering David Main of Lincoln outside a Woonsocket bank in September, 2010.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state-appointed Budget Commission overseeing Woonsocket's finances unanimously voted Monday to approve the School Department's request to recall up to 63 teachers laid off earlier this year.
At last week's commission meeting, the panel had said it would delay a vote on the request until after the School Committee's official approval of the recall, which was to take place at a special school board meeting yesterday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 33-year-old man suffered fatal injuries late Thursday night when the car in which he was fleeing police crashed into a tree at the corner of Grove and Blakeley streets.
The victim, identified in media reports as Anthony Lescarbeau of North Smithfield, was pinned in the wreckage of the red 1986 Ford Mustang GT and had to be extricated by rescue personnel using Jaws of Life equipment.
LINCOLN â€“ Lincoln High Schoolâ€™s class of 2012 marched into the future with words of reverence for great teachers and courageous alumni, plus a bit of guidance for weathering any adversity except, perhaps, the end of the world.
â€śSit down, breathe, find perspective,â€ť said Valedictorian Dory Enright. â€śNothing is ever the end of the world, unless it is.â€ť
GLOCESTER â€” It was a class of students Principal Sandra Nolan described as "kind, well-behaved, good-natured and committed to community service."
"Talk to the teachers, administrators and custodians, and they will all tell you that they will miss this particular group of students," Nolan told friends and family members of the 190 Ponaganset High School seniors who earned diplomas at Friday's 51st Commencement.
The Class of 2012, Nolan predicted, is ready to show those same attributes when they head off to college, the military and their work careers in the fall.
WOONSOCKET -- Mayor Leo Fontaine announced Friday that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has assured him that he will not veto legislative changes to the Hospital Conversions Act sought by Landmark Medical Center's prospective buyer, Steward Health Care of Boston.
Fontaine said he met with Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday and told him that hospital officials were convinced the veto would kill the deal and hasten the demise of the struggling community hospital.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee Wednesday offered the keys to the Woonsocket Education Department to the Rhode Island Department of Education, saying the city simply doesnâ€™t have the money to comply with all the mandates heaped upon it by the state.
â€śYou come in and take care of your unfunded mandates,â€ť Committeeman Chris Roberts said. â€śYou have created all the laws we have to comply with.â€ť
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it canâ€™t operate with available funds and still comply with the minimum Basic Education Plan.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday night to ask the state of Rhode Island to take control of the cityâ€™s cash-strapped public education system.
The School Committee will send a letter to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist saying it canâ€™t operate with available funds and still comply with the state-mandated Basic Education Plan.
â€śOur fiduciary responsibility is to both educate Woonsocketâ€™s approximately six thousand youths while also operating with a balanced budget,â€ť the letter says. â€śThis simply cannot be done.â€ť