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May 24th, 2012

Monument to get attention on Memorial Day

May 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The monument at the center of a simmering feud between the city and a Wisconsin atheist group will get some special attention on Memorial Day.
There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Place Jolicoeur, the first holiday rite of its kind at the site of the monument in recent memory.
Led by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and members of the United Veterans Council, the ceremony will take place at noon, after the Memorial Day Parade.

$69.8 million school budget gets first approval

May 24, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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.

May 23rd

UPDATED: Dept. of Health approves Landmark sale

May 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET – 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 Steward’s application to buy the struggling hospital under the complex Hospital Conversions Act.

May 22nd

RAISING THE BIG TOP

May 22, 2012

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.

Carrier covers half of embezzlement losses

May 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET – 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.

House FinCom passes supplemental tax bill

May 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – 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 “as a professional courtesy” to city officials, but both spoke about what they see as better alternatives for the city.

Council tables takeover request

May 22, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The City Council voted 6-1 last night to table a measure asking the state to appoint a budget commission to take over the city’s finances, saying it would resurrect the measure quickly if the House of Representatives fails to push forward the city’s request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill today.

Cumberland High to honor its best

May 22, 2012

CUMBERLAND — 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.

May 20th

Introducing Woonsocket High School's best

May 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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 school’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.

MOUNT'N OF GOODS

May 20, 2012

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.

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