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February 23rd, 2012
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,‚ÄĚ Chafee said. ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs hope those May numbers continue the positive trend they‚Äôre on.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Continuing concern over pension reform and the city‚Äôs shaky financial condition are helping fuel one of the biggest retirement waves among police and firefighters since 2009.
Fourteen workers have tendered retirement papers since December ‚ÄĒ six police officers and eight firefighters, according to figures supplied by the city‚Äôs personnel department.
Nearly 50 additional public safety employees, including 18 police officers and 26 firefighters, are currently eligible to retire with at least minimum basic pension benefits.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ The much-bemoaned financial burden of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant will begin hitting home in the form of steep hikes in sewer fees as soon as the next bills go out in May.
The average homeower‚Äôs bill of $69.23 per quarter will rise by some 12 percent, effective immediately, followed by a series of increases in each of the next four calendar years of 11, 11, 5 and 5 percent, respectively, under an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council.
Heralding the 1663 Royal Charter for the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as ‚Äúone of the great human rights documents of the world,‚ÄĚ Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles II‚Äôs grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the state‚Äôs founder, and the charter in his speeches and Statehouse presentations, Chafee appointed a 34-member commission to organize a celebration for the sesquarcentennial, which will culminate on July 8, 2013.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The state chapter of the ACLU has filed a ‚Äúfriend of the court‚ÄĚ brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston, siding with Gov. Chafee in his efforts to prevent accused murderer Jason Pleau from facing a possible death sentence at the hands of federal authorities.
Four other ACLU affiliates, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Puerto Rico, which are covered by the court‚Äôs jurisdiction, are also parties to the brief, as are the national and state associations of criminal defense lawyers.
Ann L. Hogan has always believed that not only should a person strive to achieve personal success in their own lives, they must go out and serve others. Service to others, she says, not only gives meaning to your own life, it makes life better for others.
‚ÄúService should be an element of everyone's life. People need to have that experience of giving to others,‚ÄĚ says Hogan, 83, a retired school teacher from Pawtucket.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A motorist's discovery of a relative's stolen car operating on Wood Avenue resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old city boy on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and driving violations Thursday.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď The school department's continuing budget problems will be back in the limelight this week when the school committee considers laying off all of the department's union employees for the coming school year.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Common Cause Director John Marion, a government watchdog and frequent critic of the General Assembly, found himself standing with Gov. Chafee and legislative leaders at the Statehouse Thursday, hailing what he called ‚Äúa big improvement‚ÄĚ in the state‚Äôs campaign finance laws.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď The pain started in her lower back and slowly migrated toward her ribcage.
Kristen Dubois thought she was passing a kidney stone.
She was giving birth in the bathroom of her fiance‚Äôs Willow Street apartment in Woonsocket.
‚ÄúI was like, ‚ÄėOh my God. I can‚Äôt believe it,‚ÄĚ says Dubois. ‚ÄúI started yelling for my boyfriend. ‚ÄėHe‚Äôs coming out! He‚Äôs coming out!‚Äô‚ÄĚ