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September 15th, 2011

Senate panel holds hearings on Irene

September 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE – With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.

September 14th

Amy Jarret Remembered

September 14, 2011

Members of Amy Jarret's family, including her mother, Marilyn Trudeau, and her father, Aram Jarret, Jr., seated center, as well as her siblings and nieces and nephews as well as family friends, listen as Amy's sister, Alicia Curran, pays tribute to her sister during a 10th anniversary memorial service at Memorial Square in North Smithfield Wednesday evening. Amy Jarret was a flight attendant from North Smithfield who died on United Airlines Flight 175 at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (photo by Ernest A. Brown)

Super Wal-Mart opens in North Smithfield

September 14, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — They began lining up a half-hour before the doors opened, some hoping to score some swag and grand-opening freebies, while others were looking to get an early start on their shopping.
Even more were there because they were just curious to see what it looked like.
In each case, Wal-Mart Supercenter #2225 didn't disappoint.
About 60 early birds came out Wednesday morning as Wal-Mart celebrated the opening of its new North Smithfield store at Dowling Village with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free coffee just before the store opened its doors to customers at 7:30.

Mom arrested for assaulting 16-month-old son

September 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- A city mom voicing anxiety and frustration over her child-rearing responsibilities allegedly assaulted her 16-month-old son in front of her own mother Monday afternoon, tossing him to the floor and fracturing his left shoulder.
Police charged Felicia P. Taylor, 24, of 44 Burnside Ave., with first-degree child abuse over the assault after investigating the incident on Tuesday.
The baby was initially taken to Landmark Medical Center by Taylor and family members and subsequently transported to Hasbro Children's Hospital for further treatment.

September 13th

Ruling may put crimp in pension plan

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — State employees and schoolteachers “possess implied unilateral contract rights” to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.

Woonsocket Police get seven new cars

September 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Using about $158,000 in drug forfeiture money, the Woonsocket Police Department has ordered seven new vehicles to replace some of the oldest cruisers and detective cars in its fleet. Capt. Kenneth Paulhus said five 2011 Ford Fusions were ordered for the detectives, while the patrol division will get two 2012 Crown Victorias.

Raimondo gives state senators a pension lesson

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isn’t making any promises.
“We would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,” she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, “so if you’ve earned it, it’s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.”

More cops may get fired

September 13, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Three police officers may be fired on administrative charges stemming from the 2009 beating of a 16-year-old boy — a highly publicized incident which already ended the career of another policeman who went to federal prison for assault.
City and police officials declined to confirm this information, but the head of the Woonsocket police union said all three were served with termination notices over a week ago.

September 11th

Rhode Islanders remember 9/11

September 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A huge U.S. flag, held aloft at the entrance to the Statehouse lawn by the extension ladders of a pair of Providence fire trucks, greeted the approximately 100 people who attended the 10th anniversary observance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Sunday.

September 10th

Jarret family remembers the good times with Amy

September 10, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The passage of 10 years hasn't soothed the pain for Aram P. Jarret Jr. and his family but remembering his daughter Amy N. Jarret's caring ways does help them cope to a degree.
Amy was a flight attendant on United Flight 175 out of Boston and died at the age of 28 when terrorists seized the aircraft and flew it into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

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