Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
WARWICK ‚ÄĒ Crimes are bound to occur and people will inevitably be arrested for committing criminal acts. But what happens to those convicted of crimes when they have met the terms of the prison sentences a judge has given them?
That question was the focus of a summit of government and community leaders at the Crown Plaza Hotel Tuesday that aired concerns over public safety and the rights of released prison inmates to restart their lives in the community.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ An old textile mill on Mendon Road was briefly transformed yesterday into a busy shipping zone for one of the state‚Äôs largest holiday toy drops for the needy.
The floor of the Bonin Spinning plant was jammed with pallets stacked high with cardboard boxes filled with new action figures, dolls and games donated by Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro Inc.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ In a move that took many neighbors and even some local officials by surprise, the owner of a vacant manufacturing building on Roosevelt Avenue has sought a special permit so the property can be used as a charter middle school that would be part of the Blackstone Valley Prep organization.
On Monday, a public hearing was held by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals for applicant Julian P. Forgue's request for a Special Use Permit for the property he owns at 1135 Roosevelt Ave to be used as a secondary/elementary school.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, visited Olneyville Monday to tour four tenement houses refurbished under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and to tout a proposed successor program, Project Rebuild, that is part of President Barack Obama‚Äôs American Jobs Act.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ There seem to be two types of Black Friday shoppers: the people who come out and wait begrudgingly in line for a specific sale item, and those who view it as one big, exhausting ‚ÄĒ but-enjoyable ‚ÄĒ road trip.
Pawtucket residents Pauline Tougas, Rachel Doyon and Jeannine Bourski fall into the latter category. The three women, along with a couple of other family members, headed out to do shopping at the major retail stores along Route 1 in South Attleboro, Mass. at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and they were just finishing up at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Winter Wonderland, always a special event in the city, will have even greater meaning this year with the addition of a ‚Äú9/11‚ÄĚ tree in Slater Park.
New to the festival will be a special tree, decorated with red, white and blue lights, that will be dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The tree will feature a large, lighted star that was made by Robert Machowski, Jr.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Thanks to a special visit by a world famous Santa, the Times collected the first batch of donations to kick off its 2011 Merry Christmas Fund appeal.
Santa to the Stars, also known as Pawtucket's own Brady White, once again delighted young and old alike on Monday night with his visit to the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. As youngsters posed for photos and chatted about their Christmas wish lists with the celebrity Santa, the Times raised almost $130 for the fund, which goes toward the Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Thanks to beefed-up security measures, the Mixed Martial Arts fights held at the Twin River Event Center on Friday night remained in the ring, and the audience that watched did only that.
That's just one reason why the Town Council, which also acts as the Board of License Commissioners, voted unanimously (5-0) to accept a report regarding increased security during such events on Tuesday night. Those new standards were provided by Twin River representatives and Police Chief Brian Sullivan during a public hearing held at Council Chambers.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Police released on Tuesday afternoon the official report regarding the Nov. 12 arrest of a Pawtucket man who remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
It indicates that Daniel J. Finn, 41, may have inflicted his own head injuries as officers attempted that Saturday night to transport him from Twin River to headquarters for processing.
The suspect also allegedly spat blood and saliva on at least one officer after claiming to them he had been diagnosed with hepatitis.
CRANSTON ‚ÄĒ One afternoon a week for the last five years, Lincoln dad Brian McKinnon has buckled his young children into his car's backseat for the short trek to Prof. Rene de la Garza's Orchard Street home.
He did so for his daughter, Alexis Clare, who was taking voice lessons from the renowned master, the University of Rhode Island's Director of Opera Programming and also a member of the institution's Department of Music & Vocal Studies faculty.
All the while, her kid brother, Brendan, would sit on the foyer's floor and entertain himself with Lego toy building bricks.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Pawtucket Police are investigating a pair of armed robberies that occurred about 20 minutes apart Friday night at two Family Dollar stores in the city, as well as whether there is a connection to similar crimes that have occurred locally.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Want to whisper your Christmas ‚Äúwish list‚ÄĚ to the same Santa who lends an ear to the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and other Hollywood celebrities? Stop by the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St. on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where ‚ÄúSanta to the Stars,‚ÄĚ also known as Brady White, will be making his annual appearance.
During a ceremony Thursday for the new Allen Champagne Way ‚ÄĒ in honor of the late Mr. Champagne, a 31-year employee of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board ‚ÄĒ his wife, Annette, and their son, Eric, fold up the cloth after unveiling the street sign in front of the water supply facility. Councilor Thomas Hodge applauds in the background.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Sophomore Isaiah Narvaez often has told his family and friends that he someday wants to be an electrical engineer.
That may have changed a bit on Tuesday afternoon, after he watched and listened to Jim Moulton, a lead training and support manager for iRobot Corp. out of Bedford, Mass., describe the dozens of uses of the ‚Äú310 SUGV,‚ÄĚ an acronym for Small, Unmanned Ground Vehicle.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Demonstrating vigilance against what they fear might be ‚Äúeleventh-hour, last minute shenanigans‚ÄĚ pulled by the General Assembly on the pension reform legislation scheduled for a final vote on Thursday, three government watchdog groups held a Statehouse press conference to urge that the bill be passed in its current form.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Route 116 South, near the intersection to Blackstone Valley Place proved to be quite the scene on Monday morning.
Two elderly women had been traveling southbound at about 9:30 a.m. when a deer leaped in front of their 2002 Buick Century and crashed through its windshield and roof, ripping a massive hole. In the process, the animal struck a 75-year-old passenger from Central Falls, and the woman suffered injuries to her head and face, stated Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ While plans for a full-fledged museum have soured, supporters are hoping to raise money for a riverfront park dedicated to the city‚Äôs history in chocolate making.
Jazmyne Ross, 4, of Pawtucket, gets a closer look at a 3-year-old female Argentine black and white tegu named Carly during Community Night on Wednesday, hosted by St. Cecilia‚Äôs School and held at the St. Cecilia Church hall. Holding the tegu is veterinarian technician Laura Santos of the Dighton-Rehoboth Animal Hospital. Looking on are Jazmyne's sister, Alayana, and their mom, Heather Ross. Community Night showcased local businesses and featured live performances from local music studios and other area performance venues. Turn to Page A-2 for more photos.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď From Concord to Korea, the Museum of Work and Culture yesterday staged a Veterans Day tribute for the ages.
Dignitaries and guests took turns at the podium, singing patriotic songs, reading touching poetry about the sacrifice of war, and recalling the city‚Äôs contributions to the Great War that inspired Veterans Day, nearly a century ago.
‚ÄúToday we come together to thank and honor the veterans,‚ÄĚ said Anne Conway, co-director of the museum.