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August 3rd, 2012

City vows to keep defending the cross monument

August 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET — "We're in this to the end."
That was the battle cry and official response from Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Solicitor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has demanded the city remove the WWI and WWII memorial cross at Place Jolicoeur.

August 2nd

Schools hand in $66.6 million budget

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.

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Monument gets spruced up; city ready to respond

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Just in time for another round of public scrutiny, the World War I monument at the center of a simmering constitutional feud with a Wisconsin atheist group has gotten a makeover worthy of prime time.
The once-disintegrating masonry has been restored, the brass plaque bearing the names of the war dead has been professionally spiffed up, and the cross at the heart of the dispute gleams whiter than ever.

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Vose aids in high school makeover

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When students return to Woonsocket High School on Aug 29 they are going to find some areas of school to be brighter and newer looking thanks to the help of a local business.
Chet Chomka, the manager and owner of Vose True Value Hardware at 849 Cumberland Hill Road had made a point of letting local schools know about the True Value Foundation's “Painting a Bright Future” grant program last fall. Chomka was thrilled to learn earlier this year that Woonsocket High School was among 100 schools selected nationwide to win the award of 40 gallons of paint under the program.

July 31st

In Woonsocket, chickens still run 'a-fowl' of the law

July 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET – In a city where the median household income lags far behind the rest of the state, Armand Tetreault thought his family had discovered a tasty, healthy way to ease the squeeze on its food budget when his son began raising chickens.

Route 146A to get major overhaul

July 31, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — A mile-long stretch of Route 146A in North Smithfield known as Eddie Dowling Highway will get some major and much-needed repairs before the end of the year, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton said this week.

Missing Burrillville woman has been found

July 31, 2012

The Mapleville woman for whom we launched a silver alert has been found in the woods behind her house. RI State Police K9’s assisted the Burrillville Police and local fire departments in the search.

July 30th

City to sell off recycling bins

July 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Nobody would ever think about splitting up Peter, Paul and Mary or firing one of the Three Stooges.
But it looks like the end of an era for one of the most famous trios in the city and — you guessed it — money is what’s pulling them apart.
We’re talking sidewalk performers here — those blue, green and burgundy garbage carts homeowners have been dutifully putting out for Waste Management’s trucks every week for some five years now.

Steward gets Landmark closing extension

July 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Boston-based Steward Health Care System now has until Aug. 31 to close on the sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island.
In a statement released late Monday, Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for State Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, said Steward Health Care's request to waive Kilmartin's condition that the closing on the sale take place 60 days from the date of his May 25 decision to approve the sale was “denied.”

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July 29th

Closing of Fith Avenue School possible again

July 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The possible closing of Fifth Avenue Elementary School presented by School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan drew loud objections from city parents, teachers, and support staff back in April. It was put off at that time due to overwhelming opposition.
But the small elementary school in Fairmount could be closed nonetheless when the state Budget Commission running city affairs considers a final 2012-13 budget at either its Monday or Thursday session.

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