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April 3rd, 2012

City tax hike now in hands of General Assembly

April 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Now that the City Council has approved sending out a supplemental tax bill, the focus shifts to the General Assembly, which must grant the proposal its blessing before the measure becomes law.
Legislative actions taken in support of locally driven initiatives are known as enabling bills and are often considered ministerial functions of the General Assembly.
But the controversial supplemental tax bill might not be a slam dunk.
“I would think it would be open for debate,” said Larry Berman, a spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox.

April 2nd

Council votes 6-to-1 for tax hike

April 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Despite an outpouring of protest, the City Council voted in favor of a 13 percent supplemental tax hike for 2011 that will cost homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars, all in hopes of keeping the teetering city from going broke in the days ahead.

April 1st

The ponds are stocked

April 1, 2012

Dust off those rods and reels and break out the tackle box.
The 2012 trout and general freshwater fishing season begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.

March 31st

Age-old dilemma: Cut services or increase revenue?

March 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee balked at cutting school lunch monitors on Wednesday as the next step in reducing local school spending, but will seek to make changes in the health care coverage held by retired school department employees.
The decisions came Wednesday as the School Committee considered several matters related to the school department's ongoing budget problems and seemed to indicate a growing concern among some of the panel's members that student needs are being pushed aside in the effort to address funding shortfalls.

Afterschool study and job training at their fingertips

March 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Local young people will have a new opportunity for career training and online work research thanks to a donation from the GTECH Corporation to the Family Resources Community Action YouthWorks411 Center, at 55 Main St.
GTECH President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel joined Family Resources Executive Director Benedict F. Lessing Jr., along with staff and program members this week in unveiling the just-completed and fully-furnished computer lab.

Child molester receives 20-year sentence

March 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE — A North Smithfield man has been sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison, with 20 to serve and 20 suspended with probation, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. In addition, the convicted man must undergo sex offender counseling, was ordered to have no contact with the victims, and must register as a sex offender.

Rep. MacBeth reintroduces abortion bill

March 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In each of the last three years, Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth sponsored legislation that would require doctors to offer to show and explain fetal ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. The bills died with little media or public fanfare.
MacBeth has introduced the bill again, but this year pre-abortion ultrasounds have become a red-hot button nationwide controversy as state legislatures across the country have passed or are considering a variety of bills mandating the procedure in various forms

March 29th

Man arrested for attempted murder

March 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A city man was arrested at a North Smithfield motel Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after allegedly slashing two others in a bloody feud outside a convenience store earlier this week.
Alvin Huggins, 28, was taken into custody at Traveler’s Motor Lodge by members of the North Smithfield and Woonsocket police departments, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette. Police seized a steak knife and a blood-stained sneaker from his room at the motel, located at 1210 Eddie Dowling Highway.

Landmark/Blue Cross mediator identified

March 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A veteran Providence litigator has agreed to serve as mediator in attempts to resolve some vexing legal claims between Landmark Medical Center and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island that could affect the sale of the teetering hospital.
William Dolan III is general counsel and chief legal officer for Brown Rudnick LLC, a firm with more than 200 lawyers in five U.S. cities and two more in Europe.

Man hurt in fall from bridge

March 29, 2012

Rescue personnel prepare to take a man to Rhode Island Hospital after he reportedly jumped or fell from the Court Street Bridge Wednesday. Police Capt. Edward Lee said the incident occuring just before 5 p.m. remained under investigation. The man landed in the parking lot behind the Allen Street Condominiums between the Main Street bypass and the Blackstone River. Lee said the man was conscious at the scene while being assisted by rescue personnel, but did not have further information on his condition Wednesday evening.

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