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August 5th, 2012

Budget panel eyes COLA

August 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET — As the Budget Commission prepares to enter contract talks with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers — within a week, perhaps — 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 city’s financial burden would shrink if the benefit, known as a COLA, were eliminated from the pension plan.

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Officials consider police ATV patrolling

August 5, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — 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.

Summer Youth Employment Program puts money in pockets, smiles on faces

August 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET – 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 isn’t telling stories, she’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 they’re in their formative years, some of them from troubled, broken families.

August 4th

Navigant battles Senerchia for state title Sunday

August 4, 2012

WEST WARWICK — 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 losers’ bracket finale back at the West Warwick complex.

Navigant drops winners' bracket final to Senerchia

August 4, 2012

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 Navigant’s marvelous drive through the state playoffs, which featured four straight wins and included victories over the tournament’s No. 1 and 3 seeds, hit a speed bump on Friday night in Post 85’s winners’ bracket final against fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Field.

Burrillville PD makes arrests in break-ins

August 4, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — 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.

City vows to keep defending the cross monument

August 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET — "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.

August 3rd

Veronica Teja

August 3, 2012

Veronica Teja

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.

August 2nd

McGair: It makes all the sense in the world for Tamburro, Boggs to enter I.L. Hall of Fame together

August 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up life’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.

Schools hand in $66.6 million budget

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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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