Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â Veterans Day is just around the corner, but Lance Robinson, a retired Marine from Export, Pennsylvania, thinks another occasion is needed to reach out to a younger generation of military veterans who don't feel connected to the national holiday.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Jean Morris, 80 years young, maintained she had a terrific reason for attending the Central Falls Housing Authority's âCancer/Domestic Violence Awareness Activities Dayâ event at Forand Manor on Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â An incumbent City Councilor who won his seat two years ago from a veteran councilor by positioning himself as being more representative of District 5 is facing a challenge from someone who is also promising to be the voice of the constituents.
PROVIDENCE â As soon as Rep. Patrick Kennedy announced he would not seek re-election in the 1st Congressional District back in February, it was clear the race to succeed him would be one of the marquee races this year.
Sure enough, four Democrats battled in a primary to win that partyâs nomination and Providence Mayor David Cicilline bested a field that included former Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch, state Rep. David Segal and Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma. Lynch, Segal and Gemma have now endorsed Cicilline.
PAWTUCKET â Longtime City Clerk Richard J. Goldstein has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk, an upgrade from Certified Municipal Clerk, by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc.
According to a press release, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc. grants the MMC designation only to those municipal clerks who both complete demanding education requirements and have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.
WOONSOCKET â President Barack Obama told about three dozen employees of American Cord and Webbing that, âItâs small businesses like this one, after all, that are the bricks and blocks, the cord and webbing, if you will, of our economy.â
After taking a brief tour of the plant in the Highland Corporate Park, Obama boasted that his administration, with the help of Congress has passed 16 different tax cuts for small businesses in the last two years.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â No one considers himself more of an âOcean Staterâ than Peter Frost.
Never was that more evident than Thursday evening, when Frost â as President/Chief Executive Officer of ATW Companies Inc. of Warwick â hosted a Grand Opening celebration of a new manufacturing business named Parmatech-Proform Corp., located at 825 Waterman Ave.
There was no hiding Frost's elation as he introduced the new 25,000 square-foot site to Gov. Donald Carcieri, General Treasurer/gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Joseph Larisa and other honored guests.
LINCOLN --- It was rather by accident how Lincoln High School Resource Officer Dave Waycott developed the idea of conducting a âDriving While Texting Awarenessâ program for students with licenses.
âWe were doing a safety fair here at school about two weeks ago, and one student â Kyle Sexton â helped me out with it,â Waycott grinned. âWhile we were waiting for people to come into the old middle school gym, he was in one of our carts, texting away.
PAWTUCKET â The cause of the massive Union Wadding Company mill fire has been determined to be arson, and fire officials are turning to the public for help in finding the person or persons who lit the match.
PAWTUCKET â Since it opened on September 11, 2008, the Sean Nassaney Emergency Operations Center has proved useful for coordinating city workers during major snowstorms and last March's flooding. However, EMA Director Robert Howe said he never imagined it would one day serve as a command center for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
LINCOLN â As she readied herself for school Tuesday morning, Lincoln High junior Taylor Jutras argued vehemently with her mother, Tammy, about a mere two dollars. When âMaâ wouldn't budge on the request, she stormed out of the house âin a huff.â
About five hours later, Taylor admitted she had texted her mom several times, promising she was sorry for her behavior and understood Tammy's stance on the matter.
PROVIDENCE â In a televised slugfest that remained competitive and contentious until the final bell, Democrat David Cicilline and Republican John Loughlin fought toe-to-toe over Social Security, taxes, jobs, health care and a raft of other issues Tuesday.
The two main candidates vying to succeed Democrat Patrick Kennedy as the congressman in the 1st District argued almost every issue vehemently, frequently trying to talk over each other and occasionally they had to be reined in by moderator Tim White of WPRI.
PAWTUCKET â As he held 10-month-old son Leland in his arms, Ken Hoffa explained why he volunteered to help the New Urban Farmers organization â not to mention members of KeepSpace, the Pawtucket Foundation and the city's Housing Authority â construct and care for the âGarden of Lifeâ at Galego Court on Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â One of Pawtucketâs native sons and an âadoptedâ one from across the state line were honored Monday night by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
In a ceremony at the Hope Artiste Village, city resident Richard Kazarian, a noted historian, antiques dealer and civic leader, was the recipient of the 2010 Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. In addition, nationally recognized, award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller Bill Harley, of Seekonk, Mass., was given the 2010 Honorary Chairsâ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities.
SEEKONK â A man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and light-colored bandana over his face robbed an undisclosed amount of money from a Bank of America in the south section of town at approximately 12:30 p.m., Monday, Seekonk Police Capt. Craig Mace stated.
Witnesses told officers the man demanded money from a female teller. She immediately gave the suspect cash before he left the bank, located at 1021 Fall River Ave., and entered a green minivan, which had been parked near a planter abutting a nearby McDonald's restaurant.
PAWTUCKET â Weaving together past and present uses for yarns and other fibers, Providence Yarn Company, an 80- year-old family business, is soon relocating to new headquarters on Division Street.
The company has recently purchased a 24,000-square foot building to house its retail and wholesale operations at 50 Division St., relocating from its former leased space at 225 Conant St. in Pawtucket. Providence Yarn is expected to occupy and operate out of its new location in early November, and will also be holding a grand opening of its retail store, The Yarn Outlet (date to be announced).
PROVIDENCE â After fielding the same questions theyâve by now heard at nearly 30 debates and forums, the four major candidates for governor have their answers polished to a point where a political consultant could see his/her face reflected in them.
Those answers were trotted out once again Thursday at Brown University in response to questions posed by political science Professor Marion Orr before a mostly student audience that filled one of the schoolâs lecture halls.
PAWTUCKET â Like âtrickâ birthday candles, hot spots continued to
flare up in the rubble of the Union Wadding Mill complex as late as
Friday afternoon, keeping city firefighters busy. According to Robert
Howe, the city's Emergency Management Director, two engine
companies and a ladder truck remained on the scene, trying to douse
smoldering areas of the sprawling, circa 1847 brick building.