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October 26th, 2011

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.

SPECIAL GUEST

October 24, 2011

U.S. Marine Spc. Kristopher Gates, 21, spoke to Mount St. Charles Academy students last Wednesday about his experiences as a member of the 1st Recon Battalion serving in Afghanistan. Gates and his father, Ken Gates (in the background wearing a cap) came to the school to thank students and teachers, including Ruth Lepre and Barbara Ferrer, for sending letters and care packages to servicemen and women as part of the school's "Soldier Drive" program.

First Lady Stephanie Chafee to speak in Woonsocket Thursday

October 24, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Rhode Island’s First Lady Stephanie Chafee will be visiting Woonsocket Thursday at a public forum at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library entitled “Women, Health Disparities and HIV/STI Prevention: Building Healthy Communities and Families in Rhode Island.”
The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the library, 303 Linton Ave.

October 23rd

Time to take another veterans photo

October 23, 2011

My favorite working moment of 2011 came back in late May when The Military Page asked area veterans to show up for photo shoots in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
I had my doubts about how many vets would attend, figuring they had many other things to do on a sunny Saturday in May, but those doubts vanished when the vets came walking up to the assigned meeting place, many of them with their wives or children, sometimes even grandchildren, mingling with other veterans and clearly enjoying the chance to have their picture taken with fellow veterans.

October 22nd

Mencuccis bring love to graves

October 22, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — The fate of Charles Hopkins’ headstone is a perfect example of how far things had gone at Pascoag’s Historical Cemetery No. 12.
Carlo Mencucci and his wife, Betty, knew Hopkins was supposed to be buried next to his father, Augustus Hopkins, a 19th century mill boss whose grave was marked by a prominent monument. But there was nothing beside the gravestone of the family patriarch save for a mossy depression in the ground.

RIPEC hosts pension forum

October 22, 2011

SMITHFIELD — There is nothing stopping mayors and city councils from passing an ordinance right away that stops COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) on municipal employee pensions, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told a business forum Friday morning.

October 19th

Will pension plan help city?

October 19, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Here’s the $6 million question: Does the pension reform proposal now in the hands of the General Assembly pull the city back from the brink of impending financial calamity?
Here’s the answer: Too soon to tell.

October 18th

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.

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