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November 2nd, 2011

Officials: Pension bill is lacking

November 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Municipal officials – including Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders – argued to legislators Tuesday that pension reform cannot be considered comprehensive if it doesn’t include independent city and town pension funds, called the non-MERS plans.

November 1st

Burrillville students take on bullying

November 1, 2011

BURILLVILLE — For students at Burrillville Middle School, “being mean stinks.”
Hundreds of students in Grades 7-8 have been taking part in Bullying Prevention Month activities this month as part of a local school campaign to spread the word about bullying prevention.
Led by school counselor Pamela Connors, each of the students have taken the anti-bullying promise in which they pledge to wipe out bullying. “Bullying is cruel. Bullying hurts. Bullying will not be tolerated,” the pledge says in part.
“These activities have really united our school,” says Connors.

October 30th

Hazardous road conditions

October 30, 2011

A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.

October 29th

Winter arrives early

October 29, 2011

Mike Carey is dressed for the elements as the rain turns to a heavy, wet snow just as he begins parking cars for ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Stadium Theatre on Saturday afternoon. The calendar may still say fall but a rare early nor’easter hit New England anyway.

Fontaine: City is at its tipping point

October 29, 2011

By JIM BARON

PROVIDENCE – If General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s pension reform proposal does not pass, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine told a joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, his already hard-hit city would face a 12 percent tax increase just to fund the city’s pension plans.

Days numbered for former French Worsted complex

October 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A former textile manufacturing complex that helped put the city on the map is entering its final days before a demolition crew erases it from the Hamlet Avenue and Davison Street landscape.
City Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik reported this week that plans are moving forward for the razing of the former French Worsted mill complex at 153 Hamlet Ave., the last buildings of a textile manufacturing operation that once filled both sides of Hamlet Avenue.

October 27th

Chafee pitches pension plan to Chamber

October 27, 2011

LINCOLN — Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is “this close” to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
“Nobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but — trust me, it’s not just in Rhode Island, all across the country — municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.

October 26th

Mayor opposed to election synchronization

October 26, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Leo T. Fontaine may not have an opponent on next month’s election ballot but he does have a cause.
Fontaine says he’s doing everything he can to persuade voters to reject the proposed synchronization of municipal, state and federal elections. It’s one of four referendum questions that will appear on the ballot of the citywide election Nov. 8.
“I’m speaking out against it every chance I get,” says the mayor.

October 25th

A city's generosity help couple to rebuild

October 25, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Maple cabinets, granite island, plush, multi-hued carpets with that brand-new smell.
There’s a feast for the senses in Paul and Lorraine Jacob’s new house on Hillsdale Street. But the most important component of the only new house built in the city this year is something you can’t see or touch.
Call it generosity: When the Jacobs’ 46-year-old cape was destroyed by fire last winter, a citywide network of supporters launched a prolonged and persistent fundraising campaign to help the couple rebuild bigger and better than ever.

October 24th

RI targets human trafficking

October 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
That’s why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.

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