Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â In a written decision handed down on Wednesday, Pawtucket Police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted earlier this year on a charge of indecent exposure during an off-duty driving incident, won the right to keep his job from a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing panel.
Yet, city officials say they will appeal the decision, which they are attributing to a procedural error in filing by another city police officer.
CENTRAL FALLS â Trumpeting the success of the sometimes difficult and tumultuous transformation of Central Falls High School that began in 2010 with the threat to fire all the teachers, Superintendent Frances Gallo told a group of educators Tuesday that âfrom the depths of despair and resentment, our school has arrived.â
As a result, Gallo said as she addressed the 2011 High School Transformation Summit, âfamilies, parents, students and teachers, that core family, can truly dream big because everyone is committed to reaching those big dreams.
LINCOLN â Superinten-dent of Schools Georgia Fortunato informed the School Committee at its regular meeting Monday night that 12 teachers and guidance counselors have chosen to submit their plans for retirement come June, while another will retire in January.
The committee, with three members absent â including Julie Zito, Mary Varr and Tracey Cavanaugh â voted unanimously (4-0) to accept those retirements.
PAWTUCKET â Call it a healthy version of the âOscars.â Five individuals who have worked to steer children and teens away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco products and toward making good lifestyle choices were honored recently by the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition.
PAWTUCKET â âLeaving a proud legacyâ was a phrase that was woven frequently through the remarks of several who spoke at Monday's funeral services for U.S. Army Specialist Christopher L. Mendonca.
St. Teresa's Middle School seventh graders sing "O, Come All Ye Faithful" as part of their Christmas song presentation during the St. Teresa's Senior Citizens Group Annual Christmas Party Thursday afternoon at the St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church Hall in Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council Wednesday voted 5 to 2 to award a multi-year contract to North Smithfield-based Coastal Recycling, Inc. for curbside collection of recyclables, despite protests from the only other company submitting proposals for the contract that the selection process was unfair.
PAWTUCKET â Calling it a âwin-winâ situation that the city should seek more of, the City Council on Wednesday approved a five-year tax treaty for a car rental business that will bring in $1 million in revenue.
According to city Tax Assessor David Quinn, the owners of Richmond Motor Sales, of Providence, approached the city about relocating the headquarters for their short-term rental car business to 519 Pawtucket Avenue. The owners had originally asked for a tax treaty of 10 or more years, but through negotiations with the city, an agreement was reached on a five-year tax break plan.
During Tree Day at Slater Park on Dec. 1 to get ready for the opening of Winter Wonderland, Steve Koczan, background, of East Providence gets a helping hand from Larry Williams. Winter Wonderland concludes this weekend, with festivities from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photo/Butch Adams
PAWTUCKET â A 20-year-old Pawtucket man suffered the loss of his left hand as he worked with a plastics manufacturing machine at Teknor Apex Co. on Thursday night, police stated Friday.
Maj. Arthur Martins stated three officers responded to the building at 505 Central Ave. shortly after 9:15 p.m. when a â9-1-1â call reported an industrial accident. Pawtucket Fire and Rescue personnel from the nearby Cottage Street station raced to the scene and transported Joseph Vaillencourt, of Farnum Street, to Rhode Island Hospital for surgery.
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island State Police dive team and the Pawtucket Police spent most of Wednesday searching a small pond/swamp area off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway for a reported murder weapon. They came up with some âitemsâ that are being evaluated as possible evidence, according to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, although he stopped short of saying that the gun police had been looking for was found.
CUMBERLAND â Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is on the chopping block, Sen. Jack Reed warned Wednesday.
With winter whistling in and Congress bustling to finish its business for the year, the federal heating assistance program for low-income Americans faces what Reed calls âa dramatic cut.â
âMillions of Americans are facing the prospect of literally being left out in the cold,â Reed said in a conference call with colleagues Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont.
LINCOLN â Facilities Manager and Recycling Coordinator Dave Sale admitted he usually goes away with his wife for Thanksgiving, but they made different plans this year.
As the couple and their daughters' families sat down at the Saylesville home for a magnificent meal, âGrandpaâ Sale looked around him and said, âYou know what makes me so thankful this year? I know 304 families who right now, or sometime this afternoon, will enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.
PAWTUCKET â Although the timing of the event sometimes changes, the spirit is always the same at the Mayor's Holiday Dinner: to bring some nutritious food and a little extra joy to those who need it.
PAWTUCKET â If there is no contamination found on the property, it looks as though the middle school for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school will be established in a former manufacturing building located at 1135 Roosevelt Avenue.
PROVIDENCE â Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Childrenâs Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last yearâs election, Kilmartin said he noted that âwe have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.â
CUMBERLAND â Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.
PAWTUCKET â Facing what is going to be a sad Christmas season anyway with the loss of her son, Danny, Doris Poulin was hit with another blow Thursday evening when an accidental fire forced her out of her home.
LINCOLN â Back on May 21, Armed Forces Day, Ed Fox couldn't believe his eyes when nearly 400 folks from all over the southern New England trekked to the Senior Center to witness the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The outing was held on a sunny Saturday, and an impressive list of state and military leaders took part. Fox admitted being so moved, he had to fight back tears at the event's solemn beauty.