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December 6th

City audit reports $2.7 million deficit for 2011

December 6, 2011

WOONSOCKET — In the end, it probably wasn't a surprise to some city observers that an ongoing audit of city finances in 2011 would end up reporting a $2.7 million deficit for fiscal 2011.
The auditing firm, Braver PC, had been working on the School Department's final numbers for fiscal year 2011 last week and indicated it would only have a preliminary finding on Monday, one day prior to inauguration of city officials to the new term of office Tuesday night.

December 5th

State targets child abuse

December 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last year’s election, Kilmartin said he noted that “we have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.”

December 4th

Postal union honors man who tried to keep office open

December 4, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.

Italian Buffet Dec. 8 to benefit Milk Fund

December 4, 2011

The staff at Supreme Pizza in Cumberland (right to left),Rick, Lucy, Willie, Joey, Matt and Sandra, present Sue Tessier MacKenzie, far left, with a pizza — one of many they are donating and serving at the upcoming Italian Buffet Dinner to benefit the Milk Fund. MacKenzie is the organizer of the dinner, which will take place Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Italian Workingman's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Rd. in Woonsocket.

Governor's Health Benefits Exchange challenged

December 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-eight state legislators joined with the anti-abortion group Rhode Island Right to Life (RIRTL) Thursday in a court challenge questioning the constitutionality of the Health Benefits Exchange Gov. Lincoln Chafee established by executive order earlier this year to carry out a portion of the federal “Obamacare” healthcare reform law.

Energy pact will result in savings

December 4, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council has authorized Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a three-year energy contract with Direct Energy, which is offering Cumberland and other cities and towns participating in the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns' municipal energy aggregation program far cheaper electricity prices than they are now paying under an existing contract.
The league's current contract with Nextra Energy expires Dec. 31. Connecticut-based Direct Energy has been selected to supply electricity under the league's aggregation initiative.

December 3rd

SANTA'S HELPERS

December 3, 2011

Li'l General Store, located on Winter Street in Woonsocket, will host its first open house to benefit the Milk Fund next Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle will be held as well as a visit from Santa Claus at noon. Pictures with Santa can be purchased for $5 from 12-3 with all proceeds benefitting the Milk Fund. Pictured getting ready for all the fun are, from left, cashiers Sara Segal and Bethany Carreiro, store owner Julie Fredette, and deli workers Jennifer Vazquez and Cheryl Fleming.

2 arrested in beating of same man in Woonsocket and Milford

December 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Local police working in conjunction with police from Milford, Mass. arrested two city men on charges related to an alleged robbery and assault case said to have begun in the city on Sunday and continued later in Milford, according to Woonsocket Lt. Eugene Jalette, department spokesman.
Myles Mackenzie, 19, of 220 Village Road, was arrested on Tuesday after police were contacted by Milford Det. Jay Ball regarding the assault of a 24-year-old Milford man in that community, Jalette said.

Audit numbers to be unveiled Monday

December 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — It appears city officials will have to wait until Monday's meeting of the City Council to get the bottom line of Fiscal Year 2011.
The city's auditing firm, Braver, PC, is still working with School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby on final accounting reports for the budget ending June 30, 2011, and hopes to have completed the documation work for an initial report on Monday, City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III said Thursday.

December 1st

Providence man arrested for mule-kicking officer

December 1, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A Providence man was charged with assaulting a local police officer after police responded to a domestic assault complaint at the CT Plus convenience store at 11 Hamlet Ave. Tuesday.
A female victim called police to the location at 3:04 p.m. after taking shelter from her boyfriend inside the store. Patrolman John E. Raymond, responding with Lt. Edward J. Doura Jr. and other officers, found the woman at the store and determined a domestic assault had occured.

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