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April 14th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” 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.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s plan to radically overhaul the stateâ€™s sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafeeâ€™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.
PROVIDENCE â€” The three dozen or so businessmen and women who filled the marble staircase of the Statehouse Rotunda Tuesday were quieter, better dressed and more well behaved than most of the demonstrators who regularly assemble there, and they seemed less than comfortable with the whole idea of speaking out and waving signs, but they were just as angry as many of the others who come to that spot to protest.
PROVIDENCE â€” The new school funding formula passed by the General Assembly last year has been hailed by educators, public officials and parents as a vast improvement in the way Rhode Island pays for its public schools. But at least two local communities claim it is inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional because it shortchanges poorer school districts.
WOONSOCKET â€” A perfect spring day, lots of participants and a helpful crew of volunteers made the YWCAâ€™s inaugural Race Against Racism 5K race a home run Sunday morning.
U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline, who was on hand to start the runners from River Island Park, praised the YWCA and its partners in the race for calling awareness to diversity in the city and Rhode Island as a whole with the event.
Mount St. Charles running coach and top Rhode Island racer Roland Lavallee placed first in the race with a time of 15:05, and Peggy Prosseda took the womenâ€™s title with a winning time of 22:25.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Mike Rooseâ€™s active military career has been over for six years. He is 29 years old and an Air Force veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Cumberland native is living a personal dream as strength coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But he canâ€™t quite put his military career behind him.
BELLINGHAM - Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, May 3 to decide contested races for Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Housing Authority.
The last day to register to vote in the election is this Wednesday. The Town Clerkâ€™s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day for last-minute registrations.
There are four candidates running for two available three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen.
Incumbent Mary E. Chaves is seeking re-election and is running along with three other candidates. They are Edward F. Featherston, Toni A. Picariello and Michael J. Soter.
LINCOLN â€“ Marielle Mayer will have been married to Gilles Mayer â€“ she calls him simply Gil â€“ for 60 years on May 5, and she honestly can't recall her husband ever being so confident.
Better make that overconfident.
When their adult son, Andre, mentioned that his dad and former American Hockey League great Johnny Bower used to compete for Goalie of the Year honors, and that they still see each other at Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society events, a scribe asked the elder Mayer who won the laurel more often.
â€śHe knew I was better, so he won't argue,â€ť Gilles grinned.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It'll take not just a decent credit score but a bit of luck to claim the keys to this house. But for whomever can put the two together, it really will be like hitting the jackpot.
Worth $140,000, the three-decker at 41 Bennett St. will be sold by the owner â€“ the City of Woonsocket â€“ for just $100,000. But with three units, the house is easily capable of generating enough rental income to cover the mortgage and put some money aside.
The city plans to sell the house by lottery to eligible applicants on June 1.