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May 14th, 2012

Plastics Group buys old mill, increases work force

May 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — After back-to-back calamities claimed two landmark mills last year, it seemed as if the storyline for the future of the city’s historic mills was cast in stone — a gravestone.
But a new and unexpected narrative emerged yesterday as a homegrown plastics company announced plans to take over the sprawling Jules Desurmont Mill, one of the most blighted architectural holdovers from the mill era left in the city.

May 13th

School board reviews $64.6 million budget

May 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Members of the School Committee spent Saturday afternoon reviewing a proposed $64.6 million 2012-2013 budget but continued the work to a second session this afternoon without voting approval of the spending plan.
The committee spent the four-hour-long session considering line items in the budget proposal with the budget consultant who helped prepare it, Water Edge of B&E Consulting, School Superintendent Giovana Donoyan, and City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.

May 12th

Consultants present $64.6M budget

May 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee received a draft budget plan of $64.6 million from its financial consulting firm on Friday but whether that sum will stick as a final budget figure for the coming school year remains to be seen.
Walter Edge of B&E Consulting presented the draft budget to the panel during a special meeting in the Hamlet Avenue Middle School while noting that more work could be done to refine the spending plan if city officials wish to allot additional time to the effort.

House to take up supplemental tax bill

May 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — In a hearing that may, for better or for worse, chart a course for the financial future of the city, the House Finance Committee will take up enabling legislation Tuesday that could clear the way for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill.

May 10th

Crosses on sale at city businesses

May 10, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Never mind the drill bits and two-by-fours. Pepin Lumber’s hottest product these days is one you’re more likely to run across in a cemetery than a lumber yard, and they’re not making a dime on it, at least none they’re keeping.
It’s the Latin cross, modeled after the one atop a nearby World War I monument that a Wisconsin atheist group would like to see disappear.
Now the plain white crosses are sprouting up on lawns from Fairmount to the North End in a show of support for City Hall, which might have to fight the Freedom From Religion Foundation in court to save the monument.

Daniele Inc. breaks ground on new facility

May 10, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Members of the Dukcevich family, owners of Daniele Inc., were joined Tuesday by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Ecnomic Development Corporation Director Keith Stokes and local town officials for a groundbreaking of the company's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and addition in Mapleville.
Daniele, Inc. produces Italian-style specialty foods for U.S. and international markets. The company is best known for its cured meats such as salame, prosciutto and pancetta carried by high-end delis and supermarkets.

Chafee appeals federal decision on Pleau

May 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A tug-of-war over an inmate in Rhode Island custody in a possible death penalty case escalated Wednesday as Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court ruling allowing the inmate to stand trial in federal court

May 9th

Woonsocket cops walk to DC for fallen heroes

May 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The father of slain Providence Patrolman Steven Shaw knows it’s hard for some people to understand why, after 19 years, he still shows up for events like the Woonsocket Police Department’s COPS Walk.
“They don’t understand,” he says. “You never get over it. They say things like ‘your son’s in a better place.’ That’s a lot of baloney. If it’s so much better why don’t you go there instead?’

Lawmakers look to protect memorials

May 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Local lawmakers are rallying to the defense of Woonsocket’s Place Jolicoeur war memorial with legislation to protect it and similar monuments from state constitutional challenges and defend it against federal constitutional challenges.
Rep. James McLaughlin, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Cumberland and Central Falls, introduced a bill in the House yesterday that will allow any elected state or municipal official to designate any “structure, sculpture, inscription or icon” as a “category one” memorial.

Call staff takes home awards at RI Press Association banquet

May 9, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Four staffers from the Woonsocket Call and Pawtucket Times took home a total of five Rhode Island Press Association awards during the group’s annual banquet at the Quonset O in North Kingstown Friday.
The showing was especially strong for photographers, who dominated the general news category. Ernest Brown took home a first place plaque for “Good Night Irene,” his dramatic photo of a tsunami-like wave crashing against the sea wall in Narragansett during the height of Hurricane Irene.

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