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October 18th, 2011

Public pension plan pitched

October 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The die is cast.
A massive 200-page bill, months in the making, to radically change public employee retirement payments for everyone from the newly-hired worker to the longest-surviving pensioner was finally introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, ending an extended period of public expectation and speculation.

City fire blamed on arson

October 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The state fire marshal has concluded that arson was the cause of a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged a vacant six-family house at 368 East School St. Monday night.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Lt. Michael Morin of the Woonsocket Fire Department said a $5,000 reward is now offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.
The arson conclusion was based, in part, on where the fire started, evidence of prior illegal entry, and the fact that all utilities had been cut off, said Morin.

October 17th

Prosecutors want time to review Pleau ruling

October 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court for extra time to seek a full court review of a decision allowing Jason Pleau to remain in state custody to avoid a possible death penalty in connection with the robbery and murder of a gas station manager from Lincoln.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha wants the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to give prosecutors until Nov. 23, about two weeks longer than normal, to appeal the ruling.

U.S. Treasurer gets earful from Valley businesspeople

October 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Advocates for small business and economic development from around the region shared some blunt talk about what’s missing from the federal government’s job-growth policy yesterday with someone they hope can make a difference – U.S. Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Rios.
A guest of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the woman whose signature appears on new paper money is a member of President Barack Obama’s Business Council and a senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

October 16th

Pension bill to be heard Tuesday

October 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The much-anticipated pension reform bill will be presented to a joint session of the General Assembly tomorrow.
Early reports of the plan to be presented by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo indicate that it will include shifting state employees and teachers from the defined benefit plan they have now to a “hybrid” scheme that has components of both a defined benefit and a 401(k)-type defined contribution plan. This would affect contributions as well as benefits.

Helen Carter celebrates her 90th birthday — on the job

October 16, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Helen Carter doesn't seem to be much older than Social Security retirement age when you meet her.
She has a part-time job at the L'il General Store on Great Road where she makes sandwiches twice a week and she also loves to get her workouts in at Curves on Eddie Dowling Highway on a regular basis.
But on Friday, Carter hit a milestone in life that her boss and friends at L'il General couldn't overlook.
When she showed up for her 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. shift, Carter found the store decorated with banners and flowers celebrating her 90th birthday.

October 14th

Arruda arrest stuns judge

October 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Municipal Court Judge Lloyd Gariepy worked alongside court aide Rachel T. Arruda for 24 years but he says he had no idea she was embezzling large sums of money generated from traffic fines, as state police allege.
Gariepy said he had nothing to do with processing fines – that was Arruda’s job – and she gave every outward indication of doing it an honest fashion.
“The judge has no management control, he has judicial control,” said Gariepy. “There was no outward indication that she was betraying the public trust that was placed in her for the handling of money.”

Court upholds Chafee stance on Pleau

October 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s right to refuse to turn over accused murderer Jason Pleau for federal prosecution that could result in the death penalty.
Chafee stirred controversy last June when he invoked Rhode Island’s longstanding opposition to capital punishment as a reason for rejecting federal prosecutors’ request to turn over Pleau so he could be tried in the murder and robbery of David Main, a Lincoln man who was depositing receipts from a gas station that he managed at a Woonsocket bank in September 2010.

October 12th

Monument rededicated

October 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — William Glatki is 91 now and enjoying his retirement years in Forestdale. But Glatki took the time on Monday to travel over to Oak Hill Cemetery on Rathbun Street with a few friends to help rededicate a special local monument that bears his father's name.
Stephen Glatki is listed at the top of one of the columns of 90 names affixed to a large boulder that once stood at the former U.S. Rubber Company's Alice Mill plant off Fairmount Street honoring plant employees who went off to fight in World War I.

Primary may be election forecast

October 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Local voters did their job during Tuesday’s non-partisan primary for City Council, pruning the field of 15 candidates by one, and may also have provided an informal forecast for the November 8th election.
The small turnout of 2001 voters decided to drop perennial election candidate Michael E. Moniz from the list of contenders and also named City Council President John F. Ward the top vote getter despite his placement of last on the ballot list.

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