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June 5th, 2012

Governor: New day at EDC

June 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared Monday that “this is a new day at EDC,” because the RI Economic Development Corp. will start being more cautious about the way it doles out taxpayers’ money.
“We’ve been scorched; we’ve been burned, as it stands now,” Chafee acknowledged. “Rhode Islanders should know I am conservative by nature with every dollar and I always have been, as a mayor, as a (U.S.) senator, as a governor. There is going to be a full analysis before any investment is made.”

June 3rd

Mount seniors reach summit

June 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A runner turning onto Mount St. Charles Avenue encounters a hill that only gets steeper, more challenging the farther the runner travels up it. It is only when the runner crests the top near Mount St. Charles Academy that the reward, a wide-ranging view of the land around the school, can be claimed.
A similar challenge faced the 196 members of the Class of 2012 graduating from Mount on Sunday when they began their studies at the private high school operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

June 2nd

NEW 'GENERAL' IN TOWN

June 2, 2012

Roger Lapierre, left, president of Li'l General Stores, welcomes Noor Memon, Roshan Baral and Ruksana Surti, from left, as owners of the new Li'l General Store, located at 259 Front St. in Lincoln during a Grand Opening celebration Thursday. Memon and Surti are co-owners of the building and Baral is leasing the store franchise. The hours of

McJennett replaces Flanders as C.F. receiver

June 2, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS – Saying it heralds a “new period in Central Falls’ recovery,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed John F. McJennett III, as the city’s new receiver, replacing the controversial Robert Flanders.
McJennett is the former executive director of DEPCO (Rhode Island Depositors Economic Protection Corporation), the state’s response to the credit union crisis in 1991.

127 earn diplomas at BMR

June 2, 2012

BLACKSTONE – As they said goodbye to Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Friday evening, 127 members of the Class of 2012 had plenty to think about as they sat in front of the school's entrance with their family members and teachers nearby.
Yes, as they would be told by the speakers coming to stand before them, they had worked hard to get to graduation night and learned many things at BMR that they would take with them into college, military service or future work careers.

174 graduate from Bellingham High

June 2, 2012

BELLINGHAM — On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 174 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and did it with class and style.
"One of the greatest joys as an educator and a parent is to watch children grow and witness their accomplishments and realize their goals," School Supt. Edward L. Fleury said at Friday's 74th commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2012 graduating seniors.

Budget Commission seeks fast-track of state aid

June 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET – As expected, one of the newly seated Woonsocket Budget Commission’s first official deeds was to ask the state to hand over some $3.1 million in school aid to the cash-strapped Woonsocket Education Department nearly a month sooner than it was due.
It’s still not enough to get the WED through its last pay period of the year, on June 29, and the panel will go back to the drawing board on Tuesday to reassess its options.

June 1st

House unveils 2013 budget

June 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE – A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assembly’s 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

May 30th

Pleau pleads not guilty in federal court

May 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It’s official: accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau is now a federal prisoner facing a possible death penalty, despite Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s continuing efforts to safeguard the career criminal in state custody.
Pleau appeared for arraignment in U.S. District Court, Providence, for the first time on Wednesday, months after federal prosecutors first sought his transfer from state prison.

May 29th

State takes over city finances

May 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — With the city teetering at the edge of a fiscal cliff, State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly appointed a budget commission yesterday to take control of its financial affairs.
The three non-elected members of the panel were identified as Dina Dutremble, Peder A. Schaefer and Bill Sequino Jr. by members of the governor’s staff. By statute, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Council President John Ward are automatically on the panel.

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