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June 5th, 2011

N.S. residents to have say on budget Monday night

June 5, 2011

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.

City to acquire new truck to replace Engine No. 3

June 5, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The city is ready to order a new fire truck from a South Dakota company to replace Engine No. 3 — 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.

June 4th

BMR awards 104 diplomas

June 4, 2011

BLACKSTONE – 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 School’s Class of 2011, and the purple-and-gold-dressed graduates walking into the school’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 evening’s perfect weather as making the ceremony a special one just as would the performances by a “fabulous” BMR band and chorus.

Bellingham High grads hope their future's bright

June 4, 2011

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.

June 3rd

Burrillville teen a winner in national library contest

June 3, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — 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.

U.S. AG Holder to clarify medical marijuana position

June 3, 2011

PROVIDENCE — 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 “bring clarity” to the federal government's policy on the sale and distribution of state-sanctioned medical marijuana.

Landmark's union votes in favor of contract

June 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — 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.

May 31st

Hearing on Cumberland budget slated June 1

May 31, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Mayor Daniel J. McKee is proposing a $79.1 million budget for fiscal 2011, which reflects an increase over the current $76.2 fiscal year budget, according to information released by the mayor's office last week.
Included in the overall budget is McKee's proposed level-funded school budget, which is $1 million less than what the School Department had requested in funding for next year. Residents will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed spending plan at a public hearing hosted by the Town Council's Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN 'I felt (enlisting) was the right thing to do...'

May 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.

May 24th

McGair named R.I. Sportswriter of the Year by NSSA

May 24, 2011

Steve Hyder, the radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, left, joins Call/Times sports writer Brendan McGair after McGair received the Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year for 2010 from the National Sports writers and Sportcasters Association at the 2011 Awards ceremony in Salisbury, North Carolina on May, 16, 2011. Hyder was named the Co-Sportscaster of the year along with Steve McDonald, the voice of URI football and men's basketball. A 2003 graduate of Providence College, McGair started working at the Pawtucket Times in Jan. 2005.

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