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June 2nd, 2012
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Saying it heralds a â€śnew period in Central Fallsâ€™ recovery,â€ť Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed John F. McJennett III, as the cityâ€™s new receiver, replacing the controversial Robert Flanders.
McJennett is the former executive director of DEPCO (Rhode Island Depositors Economic Protection Corporation), the stateâ€™s response to the credit union crisis in 1991.
BLACKSTONE â€“ As they said goodbye to Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Friday evening, 127 members of the Class of 2012 had plenty to think about as they sat in front of the school's entrance with their family members and teachers nearby.
Yes, as they would be told by the speakers coming to stand before them, they had worked hard to get to graduation night and learned many things at BMR that they would take with them into college, military service or future work careers.
BELLINGHAM â€” On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 174 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and did it with class and style.
"One of the greatest joys as an educator and a parent is to watch children grow and witness their accomplishments and realize their goals," School Supt. Edward L. Fleury said at Friday's 74th commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2012 graduating seniors.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As expected, one of the newly seated Woonsocket Budget Commissionâ€™s first official deeds was to ask the state to hand over some $3.1 million in school aid to the cash-strapped Woonsocket Education Department nearly a month sooner than it was due.
Itâ€™s still not enough to get the WED through its last pay period of the year, on June 29, and the panel will go back to the drawing board on Tuesday to reassess its options.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâ€™s 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s official: accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau is now a federal prisoner facing a possible death penalty, despite Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s continuing efforts to safeguard the career criminal in state custody.
Pleau appeared for arraignment in U.S. District Court, Providence, for the first time on Wednesday, months after federal prosecutors first sought his transfer from state prison.
WOONSOCKET â€” With the city teetering at the edge of a fiscal cliff, State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly appointed a budget commission yesterday to take control of its financial affairs.
The three non-elected members of the panel were identified as Dina Dutremble, Peder A. Schaefer and Bill Sequino Jr. by members of the governorâ€™s staff. By statute, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Council President John Ward are automatically on the panel.
CUMBERLAND â€” Saying the stakes could not be higher, Mayor Daniel J. McKee has called on the Town Council and the community to recommit to investing in public education, saying restoring Cumberland as a top ranked school district is about much more than budget dollars.
â€śThis is not only an educational journey we're talking about here, it's also a political and economic journey and that's where the Town Council, mayor's office and community are going to have to get engaged,â€ť McKee told the council at last week's public hearing on his proposed $82.8 town operating budget for fiscal 2013.
Richard W. Schatz, president of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket, left, and Thomas G. Paine, United Veterans Council chaplain, Veteran of the Year, Navy veteran and retired member of the R.I. Army National Guard, lay a wreath in memory of World War II veterans Alexandre, Henri and Louis Gagne, three brothers lost in the war, at the controversial Place Jolicoeur War Memorial at Station 2 in Woonsocket Monday. Another wreath was laid by members of the Woonsocket City Council and Mayor Leo Fontaine in memory of their mother, Bernadette Gagne, who lost her three sons in the war.
WOONSOCKET â€” In a rare Sunday session, the City Council voted 5-2 last night to ask the state bring in a budget commission to take over the cityâ€™s finances.
Pro-commission councilors blamed lawmakers for forcing their hand by failing to okay the cityâ€™s request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill last week.