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January 4th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” When the General Assembly abruptly dropped the exemption of car values for local tax purposes from $6,000 to $500 last year, drivers suddenly hit with tax bills several times higher than they were before started paying attention to the way values are placed on their automobiles, and they didn't like what they saw.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) â€” Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
Appearing hours after the caucuses had ended, Matt Strawn said Romney had 30,015 votes, to 30,007 for Santorum, whose late surge carried him to a near win.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When provisions for reforming locally-administered pension plans (called non-MERS) were dropped from the comprehensive pension reform late in the process last year, Gov. Lincoln Chafee vowed to introduce legislation on the first day of the 2012 General Assembly session to reform struggling plans that are causing fiscal misery for certain cities and towns.
He missed that self-imposed deadline on Tuesday.
WOONSOCKET â€” On December 31, 2011, delinquent notices were mailed for water, sewer, and trash ratepayers with regard to the scheduled sale of water, sewer, and lien sales to be conducted in March. It has come to our attention that certain ratepayers received these notices erroneously. Upon review, it has been found that the mailing occurred due to an error in the data used by the outside vendor that the city utilizes for these mailings. The City of Woonsocket regrets and apologizes for any inconvenience that the mailing may have caused.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Boston-based Steward Health Care System has hired a prominent government lobbyist for assistance in dealing with state regulators handling its application to buy financially struggling Landmark Medical Center.
Former Warwick Mayor Joseph Walsh of Government Strategies Inc. has already asked some legislators to rally constituents in support of the merger, which may be the Cass Avenue hospitalâ€™s only hope for survival.
BURRILLVILLE â€” While the Burrillville Anti-Bullying Task Force is having success meeting many of the goals set forth in its mission statement, incidents of bullying are still occurring in the town's public schools, Town Councilman and Task Force Co-Chairman Edward J. Blanchard told the council recently.
â€śI've talked to parents and teachers and it all comes back to the original issue of the school resource officer,â€ť said Blanchard.
PROVIDENCE â€” With cities on the brink of insolvency and joblessness stubbornly high, Rhode Island lawmakers returning for a new legislative session say 2012 is shaping up to be a pivotal year.
Just as they spent last year finding ways to fix the state's fiscal problems, lawmakers say 2012 must be devoted to helping cities and towns weather a fiscal crisis that shows few signs of abating.
â€śThe fiscal integrity of the municipalities is going to be the year's big issue,â€ť said House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence. â€śThis is make-it or break-it time.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Disasters put people in the position of having to make a decision that can't be called back, rethought, or corrected when they are wrong.
The disaster creates pressure to be dead-on right that firefighters feel whenever they arrive at a scene like they found at the former Alice Mill of the U.S. Rubber Co. at 85 Fairmount St. early in the evening of June 7, 2011.
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) â€” Two people from Rhode Island are dead after a car they were riding in rolled over several times in the early hours of the new year before ending up in the embankment on I-95 North in Connecticut.
The Hartford Courant identified the dead as 46-year-old Terrance Bernard and 25-year-old Savannah Wakely of Woonsocket, who were passengers.
The crash also injured the 32-year-old driver, Jamain Jerry Allen, and 27-year-old Jennifer Shaver, all of Bridgeport.
December 31st, 2011
BURRILLVILLE â€” The Town Council has ratified a tentative contract agreement between the town and the union that represents Town Hall and other municipal government employees.
Town Manager Michael C. Wood told the council last week that after more than nine months of negotiations, town employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 94, Local 186 accepted a new contract that not only gives employees a less than 2 percent annual wage increase, but also gives back some management rights to the town.