Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â City Clerk Richard Goldstein noted that 13 years ago, when Mayor James Doyle first took office, there was panic in City Hall, but it wasn't about terrorism or a recession. Rather, city officials were greatly concerned about averting a âY2K disasterâ in the new millennium. âWe lived in a different world,â Goldstein noted.
CUMBERLAND â Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.
PROVIDENCE â Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is âI donât want to raise taxes.â
PAWTUCKET â In his many thanks to colleagues and friends at his last Pawtucket School Committee meeting, outgoing chairman Jim Chellel gave a special recognition to the staff of Shea High School who were there from 1990 to 1994.
That's because Chellel, who graduated in 1994, credits his teachers, baseball coaches, and others at the school who helped him overcome a learning disability with being a key example of the benefits of public education and why taxpayers should not begrudge their financial support.
PAWTUCKET â An armed man wearing a ski mask tried to rob a clerk at the Silver Mart Convenience Store at 170 Cottage St. on Friday evening, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the suspect -- a white, blue-eyed male -- came into the store just before 5 p.m. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk told the robber that he didn't have any money, and then a customer happened to come into the store, at which point the suspect turned and fled without obtaining any cash, Martins said.
WOONSOCKET â Jason Cropley usually gets off work in the morning, but when his graveyard shift ended Monday he had another job to do: free his car from its prison of snow.
Cropley, a security guard at Portola Tech, thought there might be trouble when he heard the rumble of snowplows passing the Fairmount Street mill with increasing frequency during the night. Sure enough, they buried his car, parked just a few feet from the edge of the road, behind a knee-high wall of grayish, lumpy snow.
PAWTUCKETâCasting a Grinch-like mood over City Hall, Fitch Ratings announced Wednesday that is has downgraded Pawtucket's general obligation bonds by two notches and has removed the city's rating from a âwatchâ status to a ânegative rating outlook.â
The downgrade to âBBB-â from âBBB+â affects three categories of general obligation bonds: $6.38 million, series 2001; $3.46 million refunding bonds, series 2002B; and $11.05 million, series 2005. The new bond rate is just one notch away from âjunk bond status.â
PAWTUCKET â âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is now a screen star in his own right with a new music video that is appearing on YouTube.
Called âSanta's Wrap,â the video features the Pawtucket resident performing a rap-style song that he wrote himself. Since it made its debut earlier this month, âSanta's Wrapâ has garnered over 31,000 hits on the Internet video site. The easiest way to access the video is by looking up âSanta's Wrapâ on Google or by visiting YouTube and searching âSanta's Wrap.â
PROVIDENCE â Four men, including two from Pawtucket and one from Central Falls, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Two of the defendants also face charges of allegedly distributing child pornography.
According to a press release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal indictments against the four were sought by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha as a result of a state and federal multi-agency investigation earlier this year into child exploitation.
CUMBERLAND â A 14-year-old boy made a 911 call Monday afternoon after discovering his mother's body lying in a pool of blood in his 29 Titus St. home and later learned police would charge his father in her death.
Peter J. Pytka, 40, was arraigned in District Court, Providence, on a Cumberland Police charge he allegedly murdered his wife, Tracey Pytka, 38, after an apparent domestic incident at the Titus Street residence.
WOONSOCKET â More than $1.3 million generated by this summer's CVS/Caremark Charity Classic found its target yesterday as the company handed out checks to dozens of nonprofits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
CVS/Caremark CEO Tom Ryan, and the co-hosts of the tournament, homegrown golf pros Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, announced the figure during a ceremony at the pharmacy giant's headquarters.
COVENTRY â Jennifer and Melissa Schroeder Rondeau reckon that since April they have kept 16,800 disposable diapers out of the state landfill.
That feat may not seem noteworthy at first glance, until you realize it takes a disposable diaper, at best, about 250 to 500 years to decompose.
EAST PROVIDENCE â When Riverside's own Michaela Johnson walked onto the set of âThe Rhode Showâ inside WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV's broadcast center on Wednesday afternoon, she barely could contain her excitement.
Less than 48 hours before, she learned she had out-dueled four other finalists to claim victory in the third annual âThe Rhode Show: Search for a Starâ contest during a live broadcast from the âTwist on Angellâ restaurant near Wayland Square in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â Despite the stern tone of the last letter to Mayor James Doyle from Acting Department of Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly on the city's budget situation, a spokesperson for the director told The Times on Friday that a recent meeting between the two sides had been âvery informative.â
Central Falls is too small, too poor and way too deep in debt to remain a city on its own.
That is the verdict of state appointed receiver Mark Pfeiffer, who recommends that neighboring Pawtucket take over the Square Mile City or, failing that, services such as police, fire and public works be regionalized with surrounding communities to keep Central Falls afloat.
âCentral Falls, in my judgment, cannot remain a stand-alone community as it presently is unless the state wants to subsidize it into the future,â Pfeiffer told reporters at City Hall Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â On a night that Joan Doyle described as âkind of surrealâ and her husband called âheartwarming,â nearly 500 people turned out for a retirement gala to honor Pawtucket's longest serving mayor, James E. Doyle.
PAWTUCKET â In addition to their âreading, writing and 'rithmetic,â the city's school children are also learning about healthier eating. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service just announced that the Pawtucket School District has received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award for eight of its elementary schools.
With two city elementary schools, Curvin McCabe and Cunningham, having received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award last year, this means that all of the city's elementary schools have been recognized for excellence in nutrition and physical activity.
PAWTUCKET â As program director Jim Gillen knows firsthand, it can be very difficult for someone trying to recover from drug or alcohol abuse to find new ways to live, work and socialize. The new Anchor Recovery Community Center in downtown Pawtucket aims to provide some much-needed ballast to those who feel like they are struggling with sobriety.
CENTRAL FALLS â Minutes before the Central Falls Fire Department's Engine 2 arrived in front of the Holy Spirit Parish at approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday â with Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu's American flag-draped casket laying on the hose bed â State Rep. Elizabeth âBettyâ Crowley stood on the church steps, explaining exactly what he meant to her.
Seven-month-old Jack Crossley, of Cumberland, doesn't quite know what to make of his very first visit with Santa during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee at Cumberland Town Hall Friday evening. Family and friends gathered around to take pictures. Little Jack didn't seem to mind all the attention.