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March 7th, 2012
PAWTUCKET (AP) â€” Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the â€śunderperformanceâ€ť in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for â€śdifferent skill setsâ€ť in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.
WOONSOCKET â€” One motorist allegedly spit at another during an apparent case of road rage Sunday â€” and he was charged with assault for doing it.
Police said Talubeh Njie, 39, was also arrested for driving without a license when he showed up at police headquarters about 7 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€” As Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his fiscal advisers looked on, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine disclosed for the first time last night that the School Departmentâ€™s cumulative projected deficit has ballooned to a staggering $10 million for the last two years.
Speaking in the most dire terms, Fontaine laid out a roadmap for program cuts, departmental consolidations and a supplemental tax bill to fill to gap, but he said that any plan of action must be executed very quickly because the city is fast running out of cash and wonâ€™t be able to pay its bills by the end of the month.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€” A city policeman is free on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges of driving under the influence in District Court Monday.
The charges were brought against Patrolman Steven Fairley by members of his own department after an incident that occurred on Feb. 25, police said.
Jan M. McIntyre-Ba joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization, when she was 12 years old.
Her mother, Frances, had also been a Rainbow Girl, and her grandfather was a Mason, so Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, was something she was intimately familiar with even at a young age.
After being promoted to Woonsocket police sergeant, Matthew Richardson has his new badge pinned on him by his girlfriend, Holly Landry, during a swearing-in ceremony at police headquarters Friday. Richardson, who joined the department in 2004, holds multiple commendations for his police work.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City officials will be releasing the findings of an ongoing mid-year audit of school department spending when the City Council meets for a work session Monday evening.
Council President John F. Ward invited members of the School Committee to the session while speaking at the School Committee's meeting at the Hamlet Middle School this past Wednesday.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two conflicting bills â€” one that would put a cap on the amount Cumberland fire districts can increase their tax levy and another that would allow the Cumberland Hill Fire District to implement a four-tier tax classification program â€“ were heard by the House Municipal Government Committee Thursday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After nearly two years, Donald Paterson went to Family Court in his wheelchair Friday to watch as the youth who put him there was sentenced for his crimes.
Jeremy Kerrigan, 18, who has never been identified publicly before, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve and the balance suspended, with probation. Kerrigan was charged with one count each of felony assault on a person over 60 and assault with a dangerous weapon for stabbing Paterson in the back in April 2010.
Roberto Colon and Soley Trejos of Woonsocket are the proud parents of identical twin Leap Day boys, Julian, left, born at 3:16 p.m., and Ruben, born at 4:06 p.m. at Landmark Medical Centerâ€™s maternity wing. The couple now has four children, including Roberto Junior, 1, and Tiaynna, who will turn 2 in March.