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June 21st, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The state-appointed Budget Commission running city finances granted first approval of the city's proposed $122 million budget for 2012-2013 even while conceding that figure does not appear to contain enough funding for local schools.
The commission will take up the proposal again next Thursday for second and final passage and its members voiced a hope that city and school officials will be able to improve the budget's accuracy by that time.
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Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, gets some help from City Councilor Christopher O'Neill, who represents District 3 where Slater Park is located, in christening one of several new paddleboats on Thursday. The boats will return to the park's Slater Pond on Saturday after a lapse of nearly a half-century. In lieu of champagne, a pink-ribboned bottle of spring water did the honors. The paddleboats, three of which are designed as swans, will be available at the boathouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. After Labor Day, the paddleboats will be available on weekends.
LINCOLN â A kitchen vent fire at the town's Lincoln Manor housing complex on Franklin St. left nine seniors out of their homes on Tuesday.
The fire in a vent serving four apartments in the eight-unit, single-story building was quickly extinguished by local firefighters and none of the senior residents were hurt, according to the town's Housing Authority.
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WOONSOCKET â The state-appointed Budget Commission will give an overview of the city's proposed $122 million budget when the panel convenes Thursday afternoon in historic Harris Hall beginning at 3 p.m.
The City Council held a public hearing on the budget plan during its meeting on Monday but deferred its comment to a work session in Harris Hall Thursday evening.
The Council will vote on its recommendation for a budget on Monday, leaving final action on the budget to Budget Commission possibly on June 29, according to City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
WOONSOCKET â The City Council held a public hearing on Mayor Leo T. Fontaine's proposed $122-million city budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 but heard only a handful of local residents comment on the spending plan before the session concluded about 40 minutes after in began in historic Harris Hall.
The light turnout of residents compared to past years likely had to do with the city's move to put its spending authority in the hands of a state-appointed Budget Commission which met earlier in the day and will continue work on a final 2012-2013 budget on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.
Angelo Broccoli, 3, watches as Nathan Oum, 9, center, and his brother, Biagio Broccoli, 7, reach for the pass as they play catch on the steps of St. James Church in Manville Tuesday. Hot summer weather is forecast for the next couple of days, with highs reaching the mid-90s.
PROVIDENCE â After winning a months-long tug-of-war with Gov. Lincoln Chafee to gain custody of Jason Wayne Pleau, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Monday that he intends to seek the death penalty against Pleau for allegedly murdering David Main of Lincoln outside a Woonsocket bank in September, 2010.
WOONSOCKET â The state-appointed Budget Commission overseeing Woonsocket's finances unanimously voted Monday to approve the School Department's request to recall up to 63 teachers laid off earlier this year.
At last week's commission meeting, the panel had said it would delay a vote on the request until after the School Committee's official approval of the recall, which was to take place at a special school board meeting yesterday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â A 33-year-old man suffered fatal injuries late Thursday night when the car in which he was fleeing police crashed into a tree at the corner of Grove and Blakeley streets.
The victim, identified in media reports as Anthony Lescarbeau of North Smithfield, was pinned in the wreckage of the red 1986 Ford Mustang GT and had to be extricated by rescue personnel using Jaws of Life equipment.
LINCOLN â Lincoln High Schoolâs class of 2012 marched into the future with words of reverence for great teachers and courageous alumni, plus a bit of guidance for weathering any adversity except, perhaps, the end of the world.
âSit down, breathe, find perspective,â said Valedictorian Dory Enright. âNothing is ever the end of the world, unless it is.â