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April 19th, 2011

Chafee's first 100 days

April 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE — When he was running for governor, candidate Lincoln Chafee often pointed to his experience as mayor of Warwick in the 1990s as one of his credentials for heading an executive branch of government.
On the eve of his 100th day as the state’s first Independent governor since the colonial era, The Times asked Chafee how being governor compares with leading the state’s second largest city and how he has found the two jobs to be completely different.

April 18th

Judge to rule on Landmark next week

April 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — After the bidders made their last and best offers for Landmark Medical Center in Superior Court, Judge Michael Silverstein said he expects to choose the winner “not later than very early next week.”
Silverstein is expected to make the final announcement in open court.
That's how three days of sales-pitching for the assets of not-for-profit Landmark Health Systems, Inc., including the 214-bed acute care hospital in Woonsocket and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield, played out yesterday.

April 17th

Middle schoolers build self-esteem at College Crusade

April 17, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called “Willow in the Wind,” Baptista — a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket — jumped at the chance to participate. With her “teammates” surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.

Town opens bids for fire department merger feasibility study

April 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.

RWU senior trades fun in the sun for volunteerism

April 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND - Caitlyn Anderson, a senior at Roger Williams University, could have spent her winter break this past January basking in the sun in Florida or doing any number of things college students do these days.
Instead, the 22-year-old Cumber-land resident volunteered her time and skills to help poor families in the deep South obtain affordable housing.

April 16th

Victorian office building draws just one offer

April 16, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The only bidder for a historic building at the center of a thorny dispute between the city and the state preservation authority has a familiar name.
It's state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket).

Faced with breast cancer and sluggish economy, Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery owner closes shop

April 16, 2011

CUMBERLAND -- Tracy Fay, owner of Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery, has had her share of ups and downs.

April 14th

Dramatic changes in Landmark's bid picture

April 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE — There were some dramatic changes in the bid picture as the parties vying to buy Landmark Medical Center began making their sales pitches in Superior Court yesterday.
The original pool of contenders for both Landmark and its sister facility, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, was pared down from four to three, as Capella Health Care of Tennessee withdrew.

Judge rules with city on ladder truck

April 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Union firefighters from Woonsocket yesterday lost their bid in Superior Court to block Mayor Leo T. Fontaine from sidelining one of the city's two ladder trucks in a belt-tightening move.
Judge Bennett Gallo said Local 732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters had failed to prove that the reduction in apparatus put firefighters or the general public at an increased risk of danger, as the union had argued.

April 13th

Sales tax plan is dead

April 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s plan to radically overhaul the state’s sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafee’s proposal to lower the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent and broaden it to a vast array of goods and services that are now exempt, House Speaker Gordon Fox had heard enough.

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