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April 18th, 2012

City inches toward unified health plan

April 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The City Council took a tentative first step this week toward trading in a hodgepodge of health care products the city offers various workers for a unified plan that will cover all classes of employees, including teachers, police, firefighters and municipal workers.
The idea was rolled out by Councilman Daniel Gendron as point of departure for continued exploration of the concept. Other members of the council quickly embraced the idea, which would, finance officials say, cut the cash-strapped city’s hefty health care costs.

April 17th

'Cash Mob' descends on two local businesses

April 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It was a mob scene at city businesses Vose True Value Hardware and Kay's Restaurant Tuesday night where tens of people burst through the doors with a single purpose in mind: to spend money.

Permit resolution falters on council tie

April 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A resolution opposing a controversial House bill that has been framed as an incentive to the construction trades died on a 3-3 tie vote after some feisty back-and-forth among members of the City Council Monday night.
With the bill held for further study in committee since April 5, all the hoo-ha may have been more instructive about the new political dynamics on the council than anything else.

April 16th

Flanders fields receiver questions

April 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The former Supreme Court justice who has been presiding over Central Falls as receiver will be the guest speaker during a general membership meeting of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition next week.
Lawyer Robert G. Flanders Jr. will speak on the subject of municipal receivership and bankruptcy, said Acting WTC President Sharon Geving. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held April 26 at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., at 6:30 p.m.

Gemma announces Congress candidacy

April 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE — After months of hinting that he would reprise his 2010 Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline, Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma made it official Sunday evening: he is in the hunt for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

April 14th

Every picture tells a story: Exhibit captures last of trap fishermen

April 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The city's Museum of Work and Culture tells the story of an industry — textile manufacturing — that once was king in the Blackstone Valley but largely no longer exists as a key force in its economy.
Now, visitors to Market Square can learn about another onetime staple of the Rhode Island economy that has also seen its better days and may be following a similar path into history: trap fishing off the Rhode Island shoreline.

CATCH OF THE DAY

April 14, 2012

Trent Roderick, 8, of Woonsocket eyes this brown trout, one of the first fish caught early Saturday during the Ernest A. Carignan Jr. Memorial Fishing Derby at Cass Pond in Woonsocket. Turn to Page C-2 for more fishing photos.

April 13th

Fontaine to field funds for the Fourth

April 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET – With scant cash to spare for frills in this struggling town, the mayor is resorting to a novel method of raising money to finance a Fourth of July fireworks display.
Mostly, it involves dinner, dancing, and cocktails, not necessarily in that order.
It’s Mayor Leo T. Fontaine’s Charity Ball, scheduled to take place April 27 at the historic St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center.

Gov. Chafee pushes his relief package

April 13, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee made a rare appearance testifying before a Senate committee Thursday, pushing for passage of his package of municipal relief bills.
Joining him before the Senate Finance Committee were mayors of several communities supporting the legislation, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.

April 12th

Schools consider big changes

April 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan is working on a sweeping restructuring of local elementary schools and the middle school that could restore all-day kindergarten at the early elementary level and also move fifth graders to the middle school.
Donoyan has presented an overview of the possible changes to city leaders and state legislators and is in the process of meeting with the school staff to obtain their reactions to the proposal.

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