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WOONSOCKET â€“ The city moved a step deeper into fiscal crisis this week as Fitch Ratings placed the cityâ€™s $118 million portfolio of general obligation bonds on negative watch status.
Finance Director Tom Bruce said the status shift almost certainly means that Fitch will downgrade the cityâ€™s bond rating and that Moodyâ€™s Investor Service will likely follow suit.
At this point, Bruce said itâ€™s probably inevitable that the state will call for increased oversight of the cityâ€™s fiscal affairs â€“ the only question is how much.
CUMBERLAND â€“ As the saying goes, giving is its own reward. But at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, theyâ€™ve figured out a way to double the reward.
Itâ€™s called Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides needy children from Woonsocket with food for the weekend â€“ when they canâ€™t get a meal in school.
Once a week, a group of volunteers at the nursing home and rehab facility stuff backpacks with cans of tuna, applesauce and other treats â€“ enough to bridge the gap between Fridays and Mondays. But itâ€™s no ordinary group of volunteers.
WOONSOCKET -- A hockey mom seeking to replace her son's stolen iPhone broke a police case that resulted in the arrest of three city juveniles on larceny charges, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Thursday.
The juveniles were all members of the Woonsocket High School hockey team and were alleged to have taken items from the locker room of opposing teams during games at Adelard Arena in the city on Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, Jalette said.
WOONSOCKET â€” The death penalty was back in play yesterday for accused murderer Jason Wayne Pleau as a federal appeals court in Boston said it would reconsider whether Gov. Chafee has the right to continue safeguarding him in state custody.
A majority of the First Circuit Court of Appeals voted Wednesday in favor of a review of the issue by the full court, setting a hearing for April 4. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha after a three-member judicial panel of the court handed a victory to Chafee in the battle for custody of Pleau two months ago.
PASCOAG â€” When Daniele Inc. Fine Charcuterie in Pascoag produces its premium gourmet meats, the process involves slicing meats to be packaged for consumers.
The byproduct is high-quality meat trimmings that Daniele, Inc. has donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, where it can be distributed to hungry families.
Danieleâ€™s donation last week of 35,000 pounds of meat is part of an annual donation that ranges from 60,000 to 80,000 pounds, said Garrett Fortune of Danieleâ€™s inventory control department.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Nearly all of them speak at least a little Spanish, oneâ€™s learning sign language and anotherâ€™s been patrolling the corridors of a federal penitentiary a couple of miles away.
Theyâ€™re five new members of the Woonsocket Police Department, sworn in yesterday at police headquarters after graduating from the state Municipal Police Academy in Lincoln.
â€śTheyâ€™re very special people,â€ť said Police Chief Thomas Carey. â€śHundreds of people apply for these jobs. We try to get the best people we possibly can.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Due to last-minute debate on the middle class tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) is postponing the opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office, the Small Business Tour and the Neighborhood Supper for First District constituents from the Woonsocket area that were originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tracy Caisse doesnâ€™t even remember writing the letter.
After all, it was in the third grade. Her teacher at the former East Woonsocket Elementary School had told her to write a letter to a soldier in the Gulf War as a class assignment.
When the phone rang two weeks ago, Caisse didnâ€™t recognize the callerâ€™s name or voice. He said his name was Robert Diaz and he wanted to thank her for not forgetting him while he was digging bunkers and dodging Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia.
After 21 years, the ex-Marine had answered the letter Caisse wrote to him when she was eight years old.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the second time this year, the police broke up an after-hours party involving booze, pot and a horde of minors inside the Bonin Spinning complex Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene as police arrived at the 1265 Mendon Road mill about 12:50 a.m. and many of the revelers began scattering on foot or racing through the bumpy parking lot in motor vehicles to escape.
PROVIDENCE â€” Despite the wholesale rejection of his first budget by the General Assembly and his failure to expand long-awaited pension reform legislation to cover troubled municipal plans, Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he considers his freshman year at the helm of the Ocean State to be a success.