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December 18th

Chafee: 'We're making progress'

December 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — 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.

December 17th

R.I. wants to quash lawsuit on funding

December 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The legal move by Woonsocket and Pawtucket to overturn the state's school funding formula may be headed for an early court showdown.
Gov. Chafee’s administration recently filed a motion in Superior Court seeking to have the Woonsocket and Pawtucket suit dismissed. Stephen Robinson, the education law attorney representing the communities, in turn responded with a countering petition.

Ornament keeps landmark alive

December 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Once the largest rubber mill in the world, the Alice Mill collapsed in a gale of fire this spring, another icon of the city’s industrial heritage laid to waste.
But the landmark lives on as the inspiration for this season’s installment of the municipal Christmas tree ornament. Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says he could think of no better tribute to a site that has touched so many generations of city residents and their families.

December 15th

Schools have depleted taxpayer money

December 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET – There was yet another dose of sobering financial news for the School Department yesterday as Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III informed officials that its local appropriation of $13 million is exhausted, about a month earlier than last year.
The school department is still due some $4.7 million a month from state and federal sources for the balance of the fiscal year, but Bruce said the depletion of local funds could translate into a cash crunch when salary payouts for teachers and other bills are due.

Congressional office to open at City Hall

December 15, 2011

WOONSOCKET — There hasn’t been a federal constituent service office in the city for well over a decade, but all that will change on Tuesday when U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) officially launches one inside City Hall.
The public is invited to join Cicilline as he marks the grand opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office at 4 p.m., followed by a small business tour of Main Street, said Raymonde Charles, spokeswoman for the congressman.

December 14th

Anita McGuire-Forcier to lead School Committee

December 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee named Anita McGuire-Forcier as its new chairwoman last night on a 4-0 vote.
Vimala Phongsavanh was named vice-chairwoman also on a 4-0 vote.
Veteran School Committeewoman Eleanor Nadeau, the longest-serving member of the panel, abstained from both decisions.

Schools submit deficit plan

December 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A spending freeze, a hiring freeze and the termination of the Feinstein Learning Academy for disruptive students are at the top of Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan’s list in a plan ordered by the state’s revenue director to eliminate a $2 million-plus deficit in the School Department’s 2011 budget.
Donoyan submitted the plan yesterday to State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and state Auditor General Dennis Hoyle, in keeping with the deadline laid down by the state officials during an emergency meeting Monday.

Man dies in Bellingham crash

December 14, 2011

BELLINGHAM — A 63-year-old Blackstone man was killed Monday in a two-car accident on South Main Street, across from the Bellingham Middle School, police said.
The victim, Robert F. Kaczor, of 1 Jefferson St., was taken by ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead following the 5 p.m. accident.
The crash occurred in front of Wenger’s Farm, at 1048 South Main St.

Thundermist relocates its maternity patients, Landmark fights back

December 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center is fighting back after a longstanding partner in the local health care scene decided to shift its maternity and obstetrics patients to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
The city hospital launched an advertising campaign to promote its in-house maternity and related services Tuesday, a day after Thundermist Health Center initiated the patient shift.
“We are marketing our services,” said Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer. “We’re advertising and continuing to reach out to the community about the quality of services we offer.”

December 12th

State to schools: Get house in order

December 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The state Department of Revenue has laid down a Wednesday deadline for the School Department to submit a plan to clarify its current rate of spending on personnel after the unexpected discovery of a deficit of $2.2 to $2.7 million in last year’s school budget.
If the inquiry points to the incursion of yet another deficit at the end of the current fiscal year, DOR might appoint a fiscal overseer to monitor the city’s expenses, state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly said.

 

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