Archive - News Article
May 30th, 2014
WOONSOCKET â€“ A legal claim seeking more than $2 million in damages has been filed against the Woonsocket Education Department by a veteran teacher who claims she was fired in 2013 for protesting improper budget cuts in special education programs.
Cynthia Boss claims school officials were unlawfully shifting special education students into regular classrooms at the same time their performance auditors were recommending a 5 percent cut in the special education budget.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A little more than a year after the City Council overwhelmingly scratched the idea, the panel will take another crack at allowing residents to keep backyard chickens Monday.
The proposal, which is more restrictive than the one defeated by the council last April, is sponsored by three of the councilâ€™s seven members, which very likely means itâ€™s already just one vote short of approval.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The House of Representatives has passed a Woonsocket-focused measure that would relax the stateâ€™s employment restrictions on retired municipal workers, which have already forced two of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâ€™s department directors to resign.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hoodies, sneakers and sports caps are the preferred attire for these seven men, a group that appears mostly in their 20s, from a veritable rainbow of ethnic backgrounds.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For many years, Victoria had two reliable companions: shame and silence.
By the time she was 16 years old, her self-esteem was already on the skids. Sheâ€™d been sexually abused by a family member as a little girl, and later date-raped by a neighbor old enough to be her father.
Judging from the entries on the arrest log, the Woonsocket Police Department seems to spend the better part of some days responding to domestic assaults and related crimes.
Thatâ€™s hardly a scientific assessment, but hereâ€™s a way to put it that is: Adjusted for population, the WPD arrests more people for domestic crimes than any other major city in the state.
WOONSOCKET â€“ You only have to walk through the front door of St. Ann Church on Cumberland Street to understand why a dedicated group of volunteers work tirelessly to keep the now 100-year-old French Canadian Catholic church maintained and available to visitors.
Its walls and ceilings are covered with religious fresco paintings completed by Italian artist Guido Nincheri and his work has earned St. Ann Church the title of the Sistine Chapel of America.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says â€śit is in the best interest of the stateâ€ť to pay the 38 Studios bonds and that he has the â€śoverwhelming supportâ€ť of House Democrats to do so.
Mattiello made that announcement at the end of a 90 minute Democratic caucus at which he told the members of his party what he learned when he, joined by Majority Leader John DeSimone and members of their staff, visited the offices of the Moodyâ€™s Investors Service and Standard & Poorâ€™s rating services in New York on Wednesday.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy who celebrated his seventh birthday in March with the help of thousands of police officers and firefighters, is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia during the first week of June.
Tyler, who was declared cancer free last month, will be admitted to the hospital Friday where he will undergo tests and preparations for the transplant, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2-3.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The Town Councilâ€™s Finance Subcommittee will open review of Mayor Daniel J. McKeeâ€™s proposed $88 million town budget for 2014-2015 when the three-member panel meets Thursday night in the Town Council chamber beginning at 6:30 p.m.