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March 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” After collecting national honors for her role as a Woonsocket High School science teacher, you wouldn't think Claire Laquerre would be worried about whether she might still have her job next year.
WOONSOCKET â€” A supplemental tax bill would be an unwelcome burden and a hardship to many city residents, but bankruptcy would certainly be worse.
That appears to have been the consensus among members of the City Council, who debated their options during a three-hour meeting last night.
PROVIDENCE â€” Invoking the tactics, the slogans and in some cases the costumes of Colonial America, opponents of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s 2 percent surtax on restaurant tabs tossed bags of tea into the muddy, mostly drained Waterplace Basin on Wednesday.
Declaring that Rhode Island suffers â€śtaxation without competent representation,â€ť the protesters decried the negative effects they believe the tax would have not only on restaurants, but on the entire economy of the state.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says heâ€™s advised the major employees unions representing police, fire and teachers that he might ask them for a 10 percent pay cut to help close a $10 million gap in the School Departmentâ€™s budget.
But whether he follows through depends on what happens tonight, when the City Council takes up a resolution to borrow some $4.3 million on the anticipation of collecting supplemental taxes.
WOONSOCKET â€” When police arrested 27-year-old Maurice Godin on drug charges last week, they didnâ€™t just get their man.
They got the last laugh.
Strange as it seems, Godin made no effort to keep his illicit behavior a secret from the authorities. On the contrary, police say he had a history of boasting directly to police officers about being a â€śgood drug dealerâ€ť and sometimes berated them for being unable to catch him.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Lincoln police officer convicted of kicking a handcuffed woman in the head during a security detail at Twin River has escaped jail time for the offense.
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, center, leads a women's forum hosted by Congressman David Cicilline, left, at the Rhode Island Foundation in Providence Monday morning. Taking part in the forum before a packed room of 100 were Laurie White, Executive Director, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce; Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, R.I. Kids Count; Constance Howes, president andCeo, Woman and Infants Hospital; Linda Newton, Director, Black Philanthropy Initiative; Deborah Gist, R.I.
As its highest ranking official and ambassador last year, George L. Glover III of Coventry, immediate past sovereign grand master of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, unexpectedly found himself wearing another hat: Globe trotter.
Since his installation as sovereign grand master in August 2010, he's traveled to five continents, logging more than 75,000 miles of flight time winging off to far flung places like New Zealand and Australia.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council has posted notice of a special meeting on Wednesday during which the panel will consider legislation empowering the city to pass a supplemental tax bill to help plug a $10 million hole in the School Department's budget.
Autumn Hughes, 5, of Cumberland, left, and Makayla Lorusso, 10, of Woonsocket, try on some St. Patrick's Day hats and beads at Party Town in Woonsocket Friday.