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December 15th

Schools have depleted taxpayer money

December 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET – There was yet another dose of sobering financial news for the School Department yesterday as Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III informed officials that its local appropriation of $13 million is exhausted, about a month earlier than last year.
The school department is still due some $4.7 million a month from state and federal sources for the balance of the fiscal year, but Bruce said the depletion of local funds could translate into a cash crunch when salary payouts for teachers and other bills are due.

Congressional office to open at City Hall

December 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET — There hasn’t been a federal constituent service office in the city for well over a decade, but all that will change on Tuesday when U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) officially launches one inside City Hall.
The public is invited to join Cicilline as he marks the grand opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office at 4 p.m., followed by a small business tour of Main Street, said Raymonde Charles, spokeswoman for the congressman.

December 14th

Anita McGuire-Forcier to lead School Committee

December 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee named Anita McGuire-Forcier as its new chairwoman last night on a 4-0 vote.
Vimala Phongsavanh was named vice-chairwoman also on a 4-0 vote.
Veteran School Committeewoman Eleanor Nadeau, the longest-serving member of the panel, abstained from both decisions.

Schools submit deficit plan

December 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A spending freeze, a hiring freeze and the termination of the Feinstein Learning Academy for disruptive students are at the top of Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan’s list in a plan ordered by the state’s revenue director to eliminate a $2 million-plus deficit in the School Department’s 2011 budget.
Donoyan submitted the plan yesterday to State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and state Auditor General Dennis Hoyle, in keeping with the deadline laid down by the state officials during an emergency meeting Monday.

Man dies in Bellingham crash

December 14, 2011

BELLINGHAM — A 63-year-old Blackstone man was killed Monday in a two-car accident on South Main Street, across from the Bellingham Middle School, police said.
The victim, Robert F. Kaczor, of 1 Jefferson St., was taken by ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead following the 5 p.m. accident.
The crash occurred in front of Wenger’s Farm, at 1048 South Main St.

Thundermist relocates its maternity patients, Landmark fights back

December 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center is fighting back after a longstanding partner in the local health care scene decided to shift its maternity and obstetrics patients to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
The city hospital launched an advertising campaign to promote its in-house maternity and related services Tuesday, a day after Thundermist Health Center initiated the patient shift.
“We are marketing our services,” said Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer. “We’re advertising and continuing to reach out to the community about the quality of services we offer.”

December 12th

State to schools: Get house in order

December 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The state Department of Revenue has laid down a Wednesday deadline for the School Department to submit a plan to clarify its current rate of spending on personnel after the unexpected discovery of a deficit of $2.2 to $2.7 million in last year’s school budget.
If the inquiry points to the incursion of yet another deficit at the end of the current fiscal year, DOR might appoint a fiscal overseer to monitor the city’s expenses, state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly said.

Man struck, killed on Main Street

December 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — An 80-year-old city man, crossing Main Street after a visit to City Hall, suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a car Monday morning.
Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said the elderly man was struck while he was in the crosswalk in front of historic Harris Hall at about 11:20 a.m.
“The victim was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. today,” Jalette said.

December 11th

State to hear about school deficit

December 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The School Department’s projected $2 million 2010-2010 budget deficit is expected to be discussed by city and state budget officials during a meeting at the state Department of Administration today.
The finding of a new city deficit resulted from an annual audit of municipal and school spending for the fiscal year ending June 30 and was aired last Thursday during a meeting of city and school officials at Harris Hall.

Lindy's Tavern is back and thriving

December 11, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When Ron Carter was an older teen-ager back in the late 1970s, he often would make the short trek from his home with his dad, Fred, to Lindy's Tavern in Forestdale just to enjoy a few beers and shoot some pool with pals.
It was quite the town hangout back then, a place where folks would go to imbibe, order a sandwich or watch the Red Sox or Bruins on the tiny TV above the bar; this was back when Boston's WSBK Ch. 38 televised the B's.

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