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June 1st, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ As expected, one of the newly seated Woonsocket Budget Commissionâ€™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.
Itâ€™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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâ€™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 cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s official: accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau is now a federal prisoner facing a possible death penalty, despite Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€” 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 governorâ€™s staff. By statute, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Council President John Ward are automatically on the panel.
CUMBERLAND â€” Saying the stakes could not be higher, Mayor Daniel J. McKee has called on the Town Council and the community to recommit to investing in public education, saying restoring Cumberland as a top ranked school district is about much more than budget dollars.
â€śThis is not only an educational journey we're talking about here, it's also a political and economic journey and that's where the Town Council, mayor's office and community are going to have to get engaged,â€ť McKee told the council at last week's public hearing on his proposed $82.8 town operating budget for fiscal 2013.
Richard W. Schatz, president of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket, left, and Thomas G. Paine, United Veterans Council chaplain, Veteran of the Year, Navy veteran and retired member of the R.I. Army National Guard, lay a wreath in memory of World War II veterans Alexandre, Henri and Louis Gagne, three brothers lost in the war, at the controversial Place Jolicoeur War Memorial at Station 2 in Woonsocket Monday. Another wreath was laid by members of the Woonsocket City Council and Mayor Leo Fontaine in memory of their mother, Bernadette Gagne, who lost her three sons in the war.
WOONSOCKET â€” In a rare Sunday session, the City Council voted 5-2 last night to ask the state bring in a budget commission to take over the cityâ€™s finances.
Pro-commission councilors blamed lawmakers for forcing their hand by failing to okay the cityâ€™s request for a 13 percent supplemental tax bill last week.
Woonsocket police officers, from left, Andrew Broccoli, Jeffrey Gagnon, Justin Mowry, Sean Rochette and Mitchell Voyer, are sworn-in as police officers during a ceremony at police headquarters Friday. The five new officers graduated from the Rhode Island Police Academy earlier in the day.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The town is getting ready to begin a revaluation of all properties within the community.
The state-mandated 2012 revaluation project kicks off within the next few weeks when inspectors from Certified Revaluation Company, Inc. (CRC) â€” which the Town Council has contracted with â€” fan out throughout the town with property record cards and aerial maps. The inspectors will visit every type of property, from residential to commercial to industrial.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Woonsocket Teachers Guild has issued a statement criticizing State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's handling of the supplemental tax increase issue.
The teachers union described Baldelli-Hunt's â€śwaffling positionâ€ť on the tax increase as resulting in the measure being sent back to committee.
The statement issued by the Guild maintained that while â€śthere has been much debate over whether this supplemental tax increase is the best solution for Woonsocket, right now the schools have no other current alternative to fund operations.â€ť