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May 24th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” It took multiple meetings and a line-item-by-line-item spending review but on Wednesday the School Committee finally came to terms on how much money it needs to spend during the 2012-2013 school year.
Four members of the panel gave a unanimous first passage to a budget of $69.8 million after School Committeeman Christopher Roberts made a final round of adjustments based on his meetings with the School Administration and City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center is one giant step closer to becoming a for-profit hospital owned by Steward Health Care this week after the health department approved the sale, with numerous conditions.
Health Director Michael Fine announced Tuesday that the state Department of Health had approved Stewardâ€™s application to buy the struggling hospital under the complex Hospital Conversions Act.
Despite the persistent rain, work crews set up the big top for the Piccadilly Circus at Barry Field in Woonsocket Tuesday. Two shows begin Wednesday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Chicago-based insurance carrier has covered more than half of the $389,000 the city had claimed as a financial loss due to embezzlement.
Axis Insurance Co. recently paid the city $200,000, the maximum its policy allows for claims of employee theft, said Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The House Finance Committee passed the Woonsocket supplemental tax bill on a 12-2 voted Tuesday allowing it to go to the House floor for a final vote on Thursday.
Two Woonsocket representatives, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Jon Brien told the panel they would lend their support to the bill â€śas a professional courtesyâ€ť to city officials, but both spoke about what they see as better alternatives for the city.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council voted 6-1 last night to table a measure asking the state to appoint a budget commission to take over the cityâ€™s finances, saying it would resurrect the measure quickly if the House of Representatives fails to push forward the cityâ€™s request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill today.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Cumberland school community will come together May 29 to honor the 35 students who finished in the the top 10 percent of their graduating class .
Those students include Cumberland High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian Katilyn S. Krajanowski and Salutatorian Gabriella K. Cottiero.
The top 10 graduates will be honored at the annual Cumberland High School Distinguished Scholars Ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 29 at 9:15 a.m. in the front foyer of the high Shhool.
WOONSOCKET â€” It takes a lot of hard work to earn top scholastic honors in high school and Justyna Pietrus certainly did that on her way to become the high schoolâ€™s valedictorian for the Class of 2012.
And like Hailey Kadisevskis, a Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center student claiming the title of class salutatorian, Pietrus also graduates from high school with much more than just the top marks from her classes.
Mary Elaina Elmasian, left, of Cumberland, a senior at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, browses through stuffed animals for sale with her mom, Christine Elmasian, during the annual Mount St. Charles Academy's Service Opportunity Depot yard sale in Chapel Hall Saturday morning.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” When Andy Rithiphong, a senior at the University of Rhode Island and a Woonsocket native, walks across the stage Sunday to receive his diploma, he will represent the product of the dedication his professors have given to their teaching in a more unique way than most. Rithiphong is one of three URI students to obtain a bachelorâ€™s degree in Chinese, an achievement he holds as an especially personal accomplishment.