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March 11th, 2012

Flanders: Municipal bankruptcy not such a horrible thing

March 11, 2012

WARWICK — Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it “is not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.”

American Legion about helping fellow veterans

March 11, 2012

On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.

March 10th

Council updated on fire district study

March 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The firm hired by the town last year to consult on a fire department merger study revealed some of its findings to the Town Council Wednesday as well as a glimpse of what it plans to eventually recommend when it submits its final report to the council in the fall.
Donald I. Jacobs, of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services, gave the council a 30-minute update on the progress of a comprehensive feasibility planning assessment for the purpose of consolidating the town's fire services as either an independent, municipal or regional department.

March 9th

Gee’s temporarily closed for selling to minor

March 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A Broad Street liquor store owner has been fined and his business temporarily closed for selling alcohol to a minor in what is his fifth such violation in 11 years.
Following a hearing on Wednesday at the City Council's Board of License Commissioners, the board voted to order Gee's Liquors at 400 Broadway to remain closed effective March 11 through March 30. The store is allowed to re-open on March 31.

House takes up binding arbitration -- again

March 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In California, a sure harbinger of spring is the return of swallows to Capistrano. In Rhode Island it is unions and school and municipal officials returning to the House Labor Committee to fight about binding arbitration.

March 8th

Meal tax hike plan gets cold shoulder

March 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Instead of the “year of the cities and towns” that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be “the year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.”

Council OKs Housing Authority expansion

March 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After lengthy debate that spanned two meetings, the City Council on Wednesday approved an amended resolution that will increase the membership of the Pawtucket Housing Authority from five to seven commissioners.

March 7th

City looking to privatize transfer station

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — City officials are looking to privatize the operation of the solid waste transfer station at 240 Grotto Avenue in a move they say will substantially cut costs, increase efficiency and possibly generate additional revenue through expanding capacity.

Hasbro lays off 55 in the state

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the “underperformance” in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for “different skill sets” in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.

March 6th

City Hall employees donate to food drive

March 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket City Hall employees and members of the local community helped make a dent in the Winter Food Drive being coordinated by Progreso Latino and the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Fund to benefit residents of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Douglas Hadden, his director of constituent services and communications, delivered three large boxes of donated canned goods and other food items to the Salvation Army.

March 5th

Residents concerned over cemetery tree clearing

March 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Several concerned residents have raised questions about recent tree clearing and bulldozing that has taken place in the private Walnut Hill Cemetery, yet the property owner claims the efforts are part of a planned restoration project.
Ken Postle, Bill Greenwood and Charles Mogayzel, all of whom have been involved in cemetery preservation and beautification efforts in the city, say they are concerned about what they have seen taking place in a rear section of Walnut Hill Cemetery that runs along Arthur Street.

March 4th

OES: Supporting community, becoming better people

March 4, 2012

Jan M. McIntyre-Ba joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization, when she was 12 years old.
Her mother, Frances, had also been a Rainbow Girl, and her grandfather was a Mason, so Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, was something she was intimately familiar with even at a young age.

March 2nd

Town at odds over fire tax bills

March 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Two conflicting bills -- one that would put a cap on the amount Cumberland fire districts can increase their tax levy and another that would allow the Cumberland Hill Fire District to implement a four-tier tax classification program – were heard by the House Municipal Government Committee Thursday.

March 1st

E.P. Council wants bridge done before estimated completion date

March 1, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — A state project to replace the Ten Mile River Bridges at the intersection of Broadway, Roger Williams Avenue, and Centre Street is under way, but members of the City Council say they want to see the $2.8 million project finished well ahead of the state's estimated completion date of November 2013.

February 29th

James Woods: Let docs say I'm sorry

March 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.

February 28th

Weaver House refurbished, reopened

February 28, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — For 29 years, the city-owned Weaver House on Grove Avenue sat vacant, shuttered by the city in 1983 because of its age and need for major repairs.
"The 29 years the Weaver House sat dormant was a great loss to the city. Today, it's a beautifully restored building that is a vital part of the community once again," East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers told a gathering of city and state officials Tuesday at a public open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Weaver House restoration project.

Lincoln water main ruptures

February 28, 2012

LINCOLN — A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.

Music Hall of Fame unveiled

February 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Ocean State now has a musical shrine to call its own. On Sunday night, a ribbon-cutting was held at the Hope Artiste Village at 999 Main Street to debut the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

February 26th

The oldest of them all — the Freemasons

February 26, 2012

Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.

February 25th

FLOWER POWER

February 25, 2012

Pawtucket artist and garden designer Mike Bryce, whose studio is located at 1005 Main St., paints colorful tiles for his painted garden called "Serenity" - a Rhode Island day trip from historic Providence to the tranquil shores of Block Island, at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center in Providence Friday. The show runs through Sunday.

 

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