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May 14th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer.
They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here.
At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island.
WOONSOCKET â After back-to-back calamities claimed two landmark mills last year, it seemed as if the storyline for the future of the cityâs historic mills was cast in stone â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
WOONSOCKET â 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.
WOONSOCKET â Never mind the drill bits and two-by-fours. Pepin Lumberâs hottest product these days is one youâre more likely to run across in a cemetery than a lumber yard, and theyâre not making a dime on it, at least none theyâre keeping.
Itâs 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.
BURRILLVILLE â 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.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â 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
WOONSOCKET â The father of slain Providence Patrolman Steven Shaw knows itâs hard for some people to understand why, after 19 years, he still shows up for events like the Woonsocket Police Departmentâs COPS Walk.
âThey donât understand,â he says. âYou never get over it. They say things like âyour sonâs in a better place.â Thatâs a lot of baloney. If itâs so much better why donât you go there instead?â
PROVIDENCE â Local lawmakers are rallying to the defense of Woonsocketâs 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 âstructure, sculpture, inscription or iconâ as a âcategory oneâ memorial.