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May 22nd, 2014

Speaker: Pay 38 Studios bonds

May 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says “it is in the best interest of the state” to pay the 38 Studios bonds and that he has the “overwhelming support” of House Democrats to do so.
Mattiello made that announcement at the end of a 90 minute Democratic caucus at which he told the members of his party what he learned when he, joined by Majority Leader John DeSimone and members of their staff, visited the offices of the Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s rating services in New York on Wednesday.

May 21st

THIS JUST IN: Tyler to undergo bone marrow transplant

May 21, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy who celebrated his seventh birthday in March with the help of thousands of police officers and firefighters, is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia during the first week of June.
Tyler, who was declared cancer free last month, will be admitted to the hospital Friday where he will undergo tests and preparations for the transplant, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2-3.

May 20th

Cumberland board to review proposed $88M budget

May 20, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council’s Finance Subcommittee will open review of Mayor Daniel J. McKee’s 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.

May 19th

THIS JUST IN: Budget Commission OKs all-day K

May 19, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

May 17th

From ponds to ocean, beach season’s here

May 17, 2014

With temperatures rising and the days lengthening, all of Rhode Island is getting ready for beach season.

Lincoln Woods’ 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.

“We had a great opening weekend with great weather,” said a worker at the facility’s main office. “And we’re looking forward to an even better summer.”

Full version can be found on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

May 16th

North Smithfield crash victim ID'd; police appeal for info

May 16, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – 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 Department’s tip line, 401-762-9983.

May 15th

School Committee approves mayor's plan for full-day kindergarten

May 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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.

May 14th

RI Senate OKs NECAP moratorium

May 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE – 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.

May 13th

Driver killed in N. Smithfield crash

May 13, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – 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.

May 12th

City Council recall is dead

May 12, 2014

WOONSOCKET – 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 petitioner’s 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 committee’s 10 members, said the group would not reach its goal.

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