August 5th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” As the Budget Commission prepares to enter contract talks with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers â€” within a week, perhaps â€” the panel continues looking for possible economies in the cost of living adjustment benefit paid to retired cops and firefighters.
On Friday, Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III provided commissioners with a detailed snapshot of how dramatically the cityâ€™s financial burden would shrink if the benefit, known as a COLA, were eliminated from the pension plan.
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BURRILLVILLE â€” Dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders who disregard traffic laws and ride on posted property in town better watch out: the police may soon be rolling out its own ATV's to catch and prosecute scofflaws.
The local police department, which has been unable to effectively catch dirt bike and ATV riders who break the law, has asked the Town Council to consider approving a police ATV patrol program that would allow police officers to patrol woods, pathways and other areas that squad cars cannot easily access.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A throng of children sits in a circle around Arkaydia Farrow as she clutches an open book in one hand, trying to read a story and make eye contact with her rapt audience at the same time.
When Farrow isnâ€™t telling stories, sheâ€™s helping this crop of six- to eight-year-olds practice their writing skills, shepherding them on field trips or managing an arts & crafts project.
In her first paid job, Farrow, 18, relishes her role as mentor and cheerleader to children while theyâ€™re in their formative years, some of them from troubled, broken families.
WEST WARWICK â€” Navigant Credit Union Post 85 will try to become the first eighth seed in the state tournament in recent memory to capture a R.I. championship this afternoon when the Woonsocket-based squad clashes with fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Stadium.
Navigant earned the right to play for the title on Saturday afternoon by posting a 6-2 victory over New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 in the losersâ€™ bracket finale back at the West Warwick complex.
WEST WARWICK --- If Navigant Credit Union plans to win the first state championship by a Woonsocket-based ballclub in 23 years, it will need to play some of its best baseball over these next 48 hours and produce three victories over the next two days.
Eighth-seeded Navigantâ€™s marvelous drive through the state playoffs, which featured four straight wins and included victories over the tournamentâ€™s No. 1 and 3 seeds, hit a speed bump on Friday night in Post 85â€™s winnersâ€™ bracket final against fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Field.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Police have made arrests related to 10 house breaks in town within the past two months.
Police have also made an arrest in the armed robbery of the 24-hour Sunoco gas station at 174 Chapel St., according to Major Lareto Guglietta.
On May 23, just after 4:40 a.m., the cashier on duty reported to police that a suspect pointed a weapon at him, demanded money and threatened to shoot him. The cashier complied and handed over $285 in cash. The suspect then fled on foot, according to Guglietta.
WOONSOCKET â€” "We're in this to the end."
That was the battle cry and official response from Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Solicitor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has demanded the city remove the WWI and WWII memorial cross at Place Jolicoeur.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Veronica Teja, of North Smithfield, died in Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Pandely and Evanthia (Milla) Teja.
Veronica was a junior accountant for over 30 years at Amica Insurance in Providence, retiring in 1985. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church, Woonsocket.
Veronica is survived by her sister, Valeria Teja, with whom she lived. She was predeceased by her brother, Ionel Teja.
PAWTUCKET â€” You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up lifeâ€™s journey along the way is simply too tall an order, not to mention how distracting it can be from the pursuit of reaching what each individual interprets as the zenith.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.
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