Archive - 2011 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarcaâs civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.
PROVIDENCE â If the state is going to talk about âshared sacrificeâ to help eliminate a $300 million budget deficit, then those at the very highest income levels should be asked to sacrifice as well, a freshman state representative said Tuesday.
LINCOLN â Good news abounds for female town residents, those who often have worried about how they'd respond during an attack.
The Lincoln Police Department, in partnership with neighbor Amica Mutual Insurance Co., will offer a four-day Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems training course at The Lincoln Center (for seniors) on Monday-Thursday, May 23-26.
The free seminar will take place each night between 6-9 o'clock at the new center, located on Jenckes Hill Road, and is open to the first 24 registrants who apply.
Attention, area veterans:
The Times will be taking a group photo of area veterans on Saturday, May 21, at the Clam Shell Monument located at the Armistice Boulevard entrance to Slater Park. We will take the photo at 10 a.m. sharp so please show up 15 minutes early.
The photo will appear on the cover of our May 30 Memorial Day special section.
PAWTUCKET â A 20-year-old city man suspected of firing shots outside Tommy's Lounge early Friday morning was apprehended by police after being found with an allegedly stolen gun in his pants pocket about a half hour later.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, police received a report that a man had fired shots near the bar on India Street at around 12:30 a.m. and then fled from the area. Police found several shell casings at the scene.
LINCOLN â Town Council member John Flynn, who represents Lonsdale, forecast a rather tame Financial Town Meeting as he sat in the Lincoln High School auditorium on Monday night.
Turned out, he was right.
Taxpayers unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2011-12 combined operating budget of approximately $70.1 million to allow for the continuation of programs and services already provided. As for the breakdown supplied by the Budget Board, about $17.4 million will be allotted to the municipal side, and $47.8 million to education.
PAWTUCKET â Since the proposed budget for the coming year was announced on Friday afternoon, municipal department heads and employees are digesting what it means in terms of impact and the news that it involves the elimination of 54 city jobs.
Weâve been publishing the Military Page since Jan. 31. I didnât know how it would play with our readers, figuring maybe we could get some early interest before things waned. After three months, the pictures of veterans keep coming in. Family members are dropping off treasured photos each week, often including a note telling us how much pride they take in the service of their siblings, most of whom are deceased but still very alive in the memories of the family they left behind.
EAST PROVIDENCE â It was last October when Robin Robinson, wife of five-time X Games' BMX gold medalist and Riverside native Kevin Robinson, received a phone call from Carousel Park Commission representative Tracy Johnson.
When Johnson explained she wanted to donate all proceeds from a two-hour block of carousel rides to the K-ROB Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises money to help East Providence youngsters remain active in sports, the Robinson family was floored â and thrilled.
PROVIDENCE â A bill that would require polling places across the state to close at 8 p.m., one hour earlier than the current 9 p.m. shut-off, won passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. David Bates also calls for polls in Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket to open at 7 a.m. instead of the current 8 a.m. It passed out of the committee with only two negative votes.
An identical bill authored by Pawtucket Rep. J. Patrick OâNeill has been heard by the House Judiciary Committee and is being studied.
PAWTUCKET â Declaring it necessary in âsaving Pawtucket from bankruptcy,â Mayor Donald R. Grebien has proposed a budget for the new fiscal year that won't involve an increase in property taxes but will instead derive needed revenue from motor vehicle taxes.
At a press conference held on Friday at City Hall, Grebien outlined the highlights of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 that he has submitted to the City Council for consideration. The $198 million budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.
PAWTUCKET â Your friendly neighborhood letter carrier is hoping to find some canned goods left by the mailbox to deliver back to a national food drive that takes place on Saturday, May 14.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and James E. Langlois, president of Branch No. 55 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, kicked off the 19th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive on Thursday morning at a press conference at City Hall.
PROVIDENCE â Medical marijuana patients say they did all the right things.
They went to the General Assembly to get medical marijuana made legal, they testified at hearings. First they got a law allowing the use of marijuana for chronically ill patients, then they went through the legislative process all over again, testifying at even more hearings, to get a law creating compassion centers where they could get their medicine legally, safely and regularly without having to grow it themselves or have someone do it for them.
PAWTUCKET â Mayor Donald R. Grebien said the city will appeal a one-notch downgrade of the Fire Department's fire suppression rating including by supplying additional information he said should have been submitted to an independent insurance agency when it was evaluating the Fire Department back in 2009.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â As he watched five of the world's best in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMXers show off X Games-like tricks on a half-pipe placed in a parking lot near the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, North Smithfield High sophomore Paris Correia marveled at what he was witnessing.
EAST PROVIDENCE â When Jo-Ann Durfee's phone rang at about 3:30 p.m., Monday, she had a gut feeling the news wasn't good.
That's when she said âan anonymous callerâ informed her that Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit had approved TLA-Pond View's application, one that requested a tripling of its processing amount from 500 tons of construction and demolition debris per day to 1,500 tons.
PROVIDENCE â U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos in Pakistan âgood news, and testimony to the courage and skill of our military forces.
âI hope it is also a moment for the families of 9/11 to have a brief bit of solace after 10 years,â the stateâs senior senator said Monday.
WASHINGTON â Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
"Justice has been done," the president said.
LINCOLN â It's both amusing and inspiring, how Lincoln High junior Josh Soucy came up with the notion of creating a âTeen Advocacy Group,â an organization that would give him and his peers more input and knowledge about happenings in town government.
PAWTUCKET â Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) announced the winners of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for high school students at an award ceremony held this week in his District Office. The art competition is part of a national initiative that provides high school art students the opportunity to have their creative work acknowledged and the honor of having their work displayed in the United States Capitol.