Archive - News Article
June 6th, 2011
LINCOLN â€” If Republican plans to change Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher or â€śpremium supportâ€ť system are successful, â€śit will be harder and harder for seniors to get health insurance,â€ť Sen. Jack Reed told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Reed harkened back to the early 1960s, before the Medicare law was passed, telling the business group that, â€śwhen you would go to a friendâ€™s house and you would see at least one grandparent in the front room on a hospital bed, getting health care.â€ť That is what health care was like for senior citizens back then, he said.
WOONSOCKET â€” With a ceremony honoring their schoolâ€™s traditions and religious beliefs, 175 members of Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s Class of 2011 stepped forward to their futures at commencement exercises in Brother Adelard Arena Sunday.
The traditions of the day included the school presenting members of its Class of 1961 with honorary diplomas and the ceremonyâ€™s musical performances by Marc Blanchetteâ€™s senior band.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Kerstin Hudon is the valedictorian, and Thomas Brien Biernacki, the salutatorian, for the Burrillville High School Class of 2011, Principal Michael Whaley announced this week.
Hudon, who ranks first in her class of 196 seniors, finishes her four years at Burrillville High School with a grade point average of 4.42, receiving highest honors each semester.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Residents will get the opportunity this week to offer input on the proposed Fiscal 2012 $33.9 million town operating budget for next year.
The annual public hearing on the budget kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Dean Auditorium on Green Street.
The proposed $33,977,854 budget represents a $747,215 decrease over the current $33,230,639 budget. The spending plan includes a $20,914,816 school budget, up $155,121 over last year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city is ready to order a new fire truck from a South Dakota company to replace Engine No. 3 â€” a workhorse of the fire department that's about ready for retirement.
If the City Council approves, Crimson Fire will supply the Woonsocket Fire Department with a new engine at a cost of $263,981.
The city will pay for the vehicle in one fell swoop with proceeds from its $2 million federal Community Development Block Grant, an annual allotment which has been used for purchasing firefighting apparatus in the past.
BLACKSTONE â€“ As students, they made it through difficult economic times and the challenges of an unsettled and dangerous world.
Now the future looms for 104 members of Blackstone-Millville Regional High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2011, and the purple-and-gold-dressed graduates walking into the schoolâ€™s 41st commencement Friday evening were told to count on successes already achieved to make it a bright one.
High School Principal Richard Porter pointed to the eveningâ€™s perfect weather as making the ceremony a special one just as would the performances by a â€śfabulousâ€ť BMR band and chorus.
BELLINGHAM - On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 115 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and they did it with class and style.
"What beautiful weather," outgoing School Superintendent David N. Fischer said at Friday's 73rd annual commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2011 graduating seniors. Yesterday's postcard-perfect weather saw the ceremony held outdoors for the first time in three years.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Hugh Finch of Harrisville is Rhode Island's winner of the first Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Collaborative Teen Video Challenge, a national program that promotes summer reading.
A total of 20 states were represented in the CSLP's 2011 "You Are Here" teen video challenge winning videos, including Finch's 1:30 minute video of the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville.
The national Collaborative Summer Reading Program contest encouraged teens to develop video skills, have fun and persuade others to use libraries all summer long.
PROVIDENCE â€” U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said the Justice Department is working with government and law enforcement officials in Rhode Island and several other states to â€śbring clarityâ€ť to the federal government's policy on the sale and distribution of state-sanctioned medical marijuana.
WOONSOCKET â€” As expected, union employees of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a four-year contract with the parent company of Caritas Christi Health Care.
The vote came one day after a Superior Court judge approved the merger of Landmark Health Systems and Steward Health Care System of Boston, ending a long search for an acquisition partner for the struggling hospital group.