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September 13th, 2011

Ruling may put crimp in pension plan

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — State employees and schoolteachers “possess implied unilateral contract rights” to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.

Woonsocket Police get seven new cars

September 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Using about $158,000 in drug forfeiture money, the Woonsocket Police Department has ordered seven new vehicles to replace some of the oldest cruisers and detective cars in its fleet. Capt. Kenneth Paulhus said five 2011 Ford Fusions were ordered for the detectives, while the patrol division will get two 2012 Crown Victorias.

Raimondo gives state senators a pension lesson

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isn’t making any promises.
“We would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,” she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, “so if you’ve earned it, it’s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.”

More cops may get fired

September 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Three police officers may be fired on administrative charges stemming from the 2009 beating of a 16-year-old boy — a highly publicized incident which already ended the career of another policeman who went to federal prison for assault.
City and police officials declined to confirm this information, but the head of the Woonsocket police union said all three were served with termination notices over a week ago.

September 11th

Rhode Islanders remember 9/11

September 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A huge U.S. flag, held aloft at the entrance to the Statehouse lawn by the extension ladders of a pair of Providence fire trucks, greeted the approximately 100 people who attended the 10th anniversary observance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Sunday.

September 10th

Jarret family remembers the good times with Amy

September 10, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The passage of 10 years hasn't soothed the pain for Aram P. Jarret Jr. and his family but remembering his daughter Amy N. Jarret's caring ways does help them cope to a degree.
Amy was a flight attendant on United Flight 175 out of Boston and died at the age of 28 when terrorists seized the aircraft and flew it into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Locals share how 9/11 affected them

September 10, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Chad Giguere, a senior at Woonsocket High School, was only seven when the two towers fell at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and he doesn’t remember much about what he was doing at the time.
He was too young to understand the full impact of what occurred that day and didn’t think too much about it as he grew up.
It was only when he watched a video of those events later in school that Giguere said he began to understand what a terrible event it had been for the nation.

September 9th

City employee turns self in to police to face fraud charges

September 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET — On Friday morning at around 7:30, Michelle Giguere, 41, a city employee, turned herself in at the Woonsocket Police Station after having had an arrest warrant for Unlawful Appropriation (over $1,000) and Computer Access for Fraudulent Purposes. The arrest warrant was obtained after a lengthy investigation by the Woonsocket Police Detective Division.

Several 9/11 observances throughout the Valley on Sunday

September 9, 2011

Veterans groups, first responders and civic officials from around the Valley will mark 9/11 with special Masses, prayer services and tributes on Sunday. Here is a roundup of the planned observances, arranged by the community.

PAWTUCKET
— The Major Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306 will conduct a ceremony at the post home, 171 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, Sunday at 11 a.m. Coffee and pastry will be served.

September 8th

Lincoln schools tackle new initiatives

September 8, 2011

LINCOLN — When the town's six public schools opened Tuesday morning, they did so with teachers and administrators ready to tackle several initiatives the Lincoln School Administration team either adopted new this year or will continue to address.
In fact, some initiatives also have been adopted by the Cumberland and Woonsocket public school districts. Those three municipalities have formed a consortium to institute what's known as the Charles A. Dana Center Project, one based at the University of Texas at Austin.

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