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Gist paints optimistic picture

April 30, 2013

PROVIDENCE – On the day that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist delivered her annual State of Education address to a joint session of the General Assembly, the state’s two major teachers unions released a poll that they say shows teacher morale is “abysmal” under her leadership and that 85 percent do not want her contract to be renewed.
Despite that, Gist painted an optimistic picture of the state’s education effort, citing progress in technology, early education and international competitiveness.

Twin River offers first look at new facilities

April 30, 2013

LINCOLN – A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
“Bets set,” he said. “Shooter’s looking for four. Four wins.”
“C’mon Nick,” somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.

19 in DPW receive layoff notices

April 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Due to the upcoming privatization of trash services, 19 employees in the city's Department of Public Works received layoff notices on Friday, but city officials say that all or most should be able to land other municipal jobs or a position with the vendor.

Mill shed damaged by fire

April 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A blaze suspected to be arson destroyed a wooden shed at the old Conant Thread Mill complex at 280 Rand St. early Monday morning.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, firefighters responded to a call at about 2:20 a.m. from a resident of the nearby Coates Manor elderly housing complex, who noticed the blaze.
Thurber said the fire completely destroyed the 12-foot by 18-foot detached shed, which was located on the vacant mill complex that formerly housed the Conant Thread-Coats & Clark manufacturing operations. No injuries were reported.

Council to take up fire district merge

April 30, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The town’s plan to merge its four independent fire districts reaches a major milestone Wednesday when the Town Council votes to ask state lawmakers to approve the incorporation of a unified town fire district.
The state-approved incorporation would include the creation of a seven-member interim appointed fire committee by June 30 to govern and manage the finances of the unified fire district until a permanent committee is elected next year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.


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