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May 15th, 2011

Forum addresses fiscal crisis

May 15, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Island’s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Island’s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasn’t learned to mince his words since moving out west.

Lincoln Vietnam Memorial to be unveiled Saturday

May 15, 2011

LINCOLN — It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial – which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty – during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.

May 14th

First-ever Indian restaurant downtown gets cooking

May 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Move over dynamites and meat pies. Make room for aloo palak, malai kofta and maybe even a little dal chana.
Those are just a few of the tasty treats you'll find on the menu at new Tandoori Restaurant at 114 Main St. Even if you can't pronounce the menu, you're going to love the exotic flavors that fill your colorful plate.

Residents face another tax increase

May 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The city might be forced to raise taxes by as much as 4.25 percent next fiscal year to make ends meet, the most allowed by state law without a waiver from the auditor general.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said he is still making cuts and hopes to propose a budget next week calling for a hike not quite so steep.
“Our goal is to come in at or under the cap,” said the mayor. “We've got most things nailed down, but we're still going through the budget to make a last round of cuts before we submit this budget to the City Council.”

May 12th

Schools may see slight surplus

May 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A difficult fiscal year for the School Department may end on a good note despite earlier speculation to the contrary.
School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby told the School Committee on Wednesday that a budget update prepared by her department and the city’s accounting firm, Braver PC, projects school spending to stay within budget or even tally a slight surplus as the fiscal year ends on June 30.
Busby said the projection is the result of a meeting she had with representatives of the state Auditor General’s office and the city’s auditing firm, Braver, PC, on Monday.

Embattled civil unions bill faces two fronts

May 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarca’s civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.

May 11th

Bill would tax the rich

May 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE — If the state is going to talk about “shared sacrifice” to help eliminate a $300 million budget deficit, then those at the very highest income levels should be asked to sacrifice as well, a freshman state representative said Tuesday.

Kennedy speaks to Woonsocket veterans

May 11, 2011

Members of the Woonsocket United Veterans Council, from left, Joseph L. B. Nadeau, Melvin Defoe, chaplain Thomas Paine, president Ernest Frappier and Richard Schatz, present former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, center, with the Citation of Excellence Award for his efforts on their behalf during his congressional career during a ceremony at the St. Joseph Veterans Hall in Woonsocket Tuesday evening. Kennedy spoke of his new crusade on behalf of veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome, depression and substance abuse issues after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans photo shoot set for May 21

May 11, 2011

The Call will be taking a group photo of area veterans on Saturday, May 21, at the monument located at the intersection of Main and Court Street in downtown Woonsocket. We will take the photo at 1 p.m. sharp so please show up 15 minutes early.
The photo will appear on the cover of our May 30 Memorial Day special section.
If we get a big crowd, we will also take separate photos of veterans from each of the following eras: World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War/Iraq/Afghanistan. You do not need to be a combat veteran. Anyone who served in the military is welcome to attend.

May 10th

Landmark deal put off — again

May 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The hoped-for sale of Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center once again failed to materialize yesterday as a Superior Court judge said the bidders for the teetering hospital have not yet eliminated various deal-breaker provisions from their offers, as he directed them to do nearly two weeks ago.
Judge Michael Silverstein had been expected to make a decision on which, if any, of Landmark's prospective suitors would be allowed to move forward, but instead he gave them all one last chance to resolve their problems, setting a new deadline of May 27 for a possible selection.

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