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November 3rd, 2012
LINCOLN â Voters will face a full election ballot when they enter the townâs 12 polling places on Tuesday.
Decisions for electing the President of the United States, members of Congress and local legislative seats will greet voters, but the single, local ballot question, No. 8, for an expansion of gambling at Twin River Casino will likely represent the most significant local decision before them.
Town Clerk Karen Allen said voters will find that important question on a second ballot sheet with no other items on it.
WOONSOCKET â Thirty-one employees of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island were laid off Tuesday.
Bill Fischer, spokesman for Landmark, said the affected group included members of management, hospital administrators and patient care workers. He said the cuts were necessary to keep Landmark solvent during the process of completing a merger with the hospitalâs latest suitor.
CUMBERLAND - Choruses representing five area churches will be performing a unique nondenominational concert Sunday to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry located on Nate Whipple Highway.
The Food Pantry Choral Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 3069 Diamond Hill Road. The concert, which will include gospel to contemporary, features choirs from St. John Vianney Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Four Corners Community Chapel, Calvin Presbyterian Church and Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.
WOONSOCKET â A homegrown kingpin of the crack cocaine trade drew 22 years of federal prison time when he was sentenced on drug-trafficking and conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.
Robert O. Robinson, 30, was the leader and organizer of a drug-distribution network he ran out of Taluâs Cafe on Willow Street, federal prosecutors said.
CUMBERLAND â Billionaire Donald Trump seems to be involved in almost everything these days â but the District 19 RI Senate race?
Yes, that too.
Democratic challenger Ryan Pearson sent out a mailing to voters in the district earlier this month, criticizing incumbent Republican Bethany Mouraâs absences and missed votes in the last two years. On one side, the cardboard flyer said âIf you missed work as much as Beth MouraâŠYouâd be fired!â Below that was a picture of Trump, pointing an accusatory-looking finger, along with his signature line âYouâre fired!â from his TV show âThe Apprentice.â
LINCOLN â A confident John Taylor told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that Twin River will âabsolutelyâ be able to compete with the planned Massachusetts casinos if the ballot questions to allow table games at the casino are approved by voters next week.
WOONSOCKET â The practice of voting for members of the School Committee will soon come to an end if voters approve a referendum question at the polls on Tuesday to make the panelâs members appointive.
Question 8 on the ballot would give the mayor the power to select members of committee subject to ratification of the City Council. That would make Woonsocket only the second city in the state where school committee members are appointed, after Providence.
National Grid crews worked throughout the day Tuesday, methodically restoring power to many of the estimated 117,000 households that lost electricity when Hurricane Sandy grazed the state on Monday.
As the 2012 election campaign enters its final week, a new poll shows the 1st District congressional campaign virtually deadlocked, with incumbent Democrat David Cicilline holding on to a slender one-point lead over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
The poll, taken for WPRI Channel 12 by Fleming & Associates, shows Cicilline with 42.6 percent of the vote to Dohertyâs 41.6, with Independent David Vogel picking up 6.3 percent and 8.3 percent undecided.
All day long, a steady stream of curious spectators traversed the historic stretch of Ocean Road in Narragansett Pier Tuesday, from Monahan's Dock to the south, up to the famous Coast Guard House and historic Towers, to the north. Along the way, one couldn't help to notice an odd sight in between, a huge gap in the seawall, taken out by powerful waves that crashed here all day long Monday. Some onlookers had never seen such a sight in their young lives, and paused to ponder the might of such an angry storm.