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February 18th, 2012

Schools mull layoffs for all in union

February 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The school department's continuing budget problems will be back in the limelight this week when the school committee considers laying off all of the department's union employees for the coming school year.

February 17th

Bill will improve campaign finance laws

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Common Cause Director John Marion, a government watchdog and frequent critic of the General Assembly, found himself standing with Gov. Chafee and legislative leaders at the Statehouse Thursday, hailing what he called “a big improvement” in the state’s campaign finance laws.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Woman gives birth in boyfriend's bathroom

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The pain started in her lower back and slowly migrated toward her ribcage.
Kristen Dubois thought she was passing a kidney stone.
She wasn’t.
She was giving birth in the bathroom of her fiance’s Willow Street apartment in Woonsocket.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe it,” says Dubois. “I started yelling for my boyfriend. ‘He’s coming out! He’s coming out!’”

February 16th

St. Blaise Parish marks golden anniversary

February 16, 2012

BELLINGHAM — Saint Blaise Church's history as a parish is a relatively short, but rich one, marked by a commitment to faith and a sense of community that makes church.
This coming April, Saint Blaise Church will celebrate its past 50 years as it frames its vision for the future.

February 15th

City court aide sees more charges

February 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET — State prosecutors have lodged another felony charge against former Municipal Court Aide Rachel Arruda.
Arruda, 62, of Woonsocket, now faces a count of fraudulent conversion by a municipal employee, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Arruda was arrested by the state police on Oct. 14 on one count of felony embezzlement. She is accused of pilfering $398,538 from the coffers of the city’s municipal court between 2004 and 2010, when she retired. She had worked as municipal court aide since January 1987.

Burrillville robotics team wins 6 in a row

February 15, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — For the sixth consecutive year, the Burrillville High School robotics team has won the state robotics championship and will compete against teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, in April.
Known as Team 154 Renegade, the Burrillville students were among 200 high school students from around the state who competed in the fourth annual FIRST Tech Challenge Feb. 4 at the New England Institute of Technology.

February 14th

City man pleads guilty to federal cocaine charge

February 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 46-year-old city man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling cocaine from an auto repair business in the city.
Pablo Marino Chala, 46, formerly of 89 Bourdon Boulevard, also faces at least four years of supervised release when he is sentenced in May, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Chala pled guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to one count of distributing 28 or more grams of crack cocaine and two counts of distributing crack cocaine.

Moura, Gordon blast foreclosure deal

February 14, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay “a drop in the bucket.”
“What an insult to the American people,” Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. “What an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.”

February 13th

Restaurateurs attack tax

February 13, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners — and especially his lucrative banquet business — could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.

February 12th

Lions' good works: The pride of our community

February 12, 2012

Robert Lacourse wasn't exactly a young guy when he joined the Lincoln Lions Club 18 years ago. But at the age of 52, Lacourse says he was at a stage in his life when he finally had the time to devote to a local group of service-minded men and women who were doing volunteer work to support the community and help those in need.
The Lions, he says, fit the bill perfectly.

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