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July 27th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city's firefighters union has ratified a contract calling for some $4.5 million in concessions through June 30, 2014, paving the way for final approval Thursday night by the City Council.
Retroactive to July 1, the three-year pact calls for a wage freeze during the current fiscal year, followed by raises of 1.5 and 2.5 percent in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council accepted a list of 15 proposed charter amendments from the Charter Review commission and now begins its own work on which of those measures should be presented to local voters in November.
WOONSOCKET â€” After complaining publicly and threatening to file an open meetings complaint, School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh says she was finally furnished with the names of the members of the committee in charge of searching for a new superintendent yesterday.
But Phongsavanh remained highly critical of the process, saying it has been unnecessarily opaque and closed off to input from communities of interest outside the school department.
â€śIt's been a shady process,â€ť asserted Phongsavanh, the newest member of the School Committee. â€śI don't understand why they've been so secretive.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Woonsocketâ€™s long overlooked connections to the Civil War have gone on display at Brown Universityâ€™s John Hay Library thanks to a collaborative effort by the Libraryâ€™s special collections department and the Foss Media Center at Woonsocketâ€™s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Foss Media Director Elizabeth Vangel, a Woonsocket native, worked with Hay Library curator Holly Snyder to offer â€śRicochet: Woonsocket in the Civil Warâ€ť as a Hay Library exhibit running through Sept. 23. The project marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the war between the Union and the Confederate states in 1861.
WOONSOCKET â€” Robert Moreau, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Review, has announced he intends to run for a seat on the City Council.
â€śAs a lifelong resident of Woon-socket, namely the Bernon District, I am pleased to announce my candidacy,â€ť Moreau said in a statement. â€śThroughout my lifetime I have been involved in various aspects of the community. To name a recent few, I served 23 years on the police department, am an active volunteer in pioneering a flourishing boxing program at the cityâ€™s Boys and Girls Club, and am currently Director of Security for the Woonsocket Housing Authority.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€” The gravestone of Civil War soldier Stephen M. Hopkins is once again standing tall.
Hopkins, who died at age 26 from wounds received in the Battle at Fredericksburg, is buried in historical Cemetery #12 on Howard Avenue in Pascoag, but his gravestone had toppled many years ago and was broken in three pieces.
On July 16, members of the Black-stone Valley Cemetery Networking Group met with members of the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society to do something about it.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that the Central Falls City Council can convene to advise the state-appointed receiver overseeing the city's troubled finances but must pay expenses related to the ongoing legal battle.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When it seemed an elderly woman might have passed out in the oppressive heat mid-way through a conversation with a radio talk-show host Friday morning, city officials and police feared the worst as they embarked on a frantic search for the unidentified caller.
But the high drama ended on a note of relief after police located the woman via an emergency subpoena for phone records from Cox Communications.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” The urban Northeast baked like a potato wrapped in foil Friday as record-breaking, 100-degree temperatures and steambath humidity combined with the heat-trapping effects of asphalt and concrete to make millions of people miserable.
The mercury in Newark, N.J., reached 108, the highest temperature ever recorded in the city. Philadelphia hit 104. Boston and Teterboro, N.J., reached 102 and Providence, R.I., 100. New York City hit 104 degrees, just 2 short of its all-time high, and with the oppressive humidity, it felt like 113.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Former Gov. Bruce Sundlun died Thursday at the age of 91, leaving what is likely to be viewed as a significant but controversial impact on the state he headed for two terms in the Governorâ€™s office.
Sundlun, who ran three times to win his first term as Governor in 1991, put the wheels in motion for construction of the stateâ€™s modern T.F. Green Airport in Warwick by the time he left office.
But it was his decision to close the stateâ€™s credit unions and banks shortly after being sworn-in in January 1991 that drew the strongest emotions about him among city residents on Thursday.