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September 15th, 2012

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.

Hospice St. Antoine worker charged with theft

September 12, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Local police have charged a worker at Hospice St. Antoine with larceny after investigating reports of jewelry thefts from several residents of the elderly care facility.
Capt. Timothy Lafferty reported Iris Mayorga, 43, of Vine Street, Woonsocket, was charged with one misdemeanor count of larceny under $1,500 in connection with the investigation by members of the detective division. Mayorga was released on a summons to appear in District Court on Sept. 25, Lafferty said. The investigation into the thefts at Hospice St. Antoine is continuing, Lafferty added.

Casey defeats incumbent Brien

September 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — In a stunning upset, city firefighter Stephen M. Casey defeated incumbent State Rep. Jon D. Brien last night in the Democratic primary for District 50, the winner’s first political outing.
The unofficial tally at press time had Casey with 704 votes to Brien’s 654. It was close but numerically too far a bridge for Brien to cross on absentee ballots, with just 48 distributed in the district, according to local canvassing authorities.

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