Archive - 2011 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Although the ambitious undertaking of renovating the cityâ€™s aged school buildings is still on the horizon, school officials are forging ahead with obtaining an educational specifications report that would be necessary for any such construction.
At a special meeting on Thursday, the School Committee voted to approve the awarding of a contract for educational specifications to MGT of America, Inc. The $39,938 cost of the specifications report is to be paid by bond funds, said Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.
LINCOLN â€” Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is â€śthis closeâ€ť to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
â€śNobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but â€” trust me, itâ€™s not just in Rhode Island, all across the country â€” municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The city of Central Falls' bankruptcy situation and closure of the Ralph J. Holden Community Center affected numerous social services, but one of the most painful losses was the Central Falls Food Pantry.
However, two months later, the Central Falls Food Pantry has found a new home and a new beginning at Progreso Latino at 626 Broad St. A grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday morning in the renovated pantry, which is located on the second floor of Progreso Latino.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” When Brown University employee Norman Morse arrived at home following his 3:30 a.m.-noon shift at about 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, he expected to find his Vincent Street neighborhood serene as usual.
Instead, he found several police cruisers surrounding the residence at 94 Hazard Avenue, the site of an apparent murder-suicide.
PAWTUCKET â€” A classroom at the Winters Elementary School where a sign taped to a window warned â€śDo not Open. Window will fall out!â€ť was chosen as the backdrop for a press conference on Friday morning where union officials, including Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals Frank Flynn and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, lobbied for passage of the American Jobs Acts bill.
PROVIDENCE â€” Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
Thatâ€™s why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.
Navigant Credit Union, the R.I. Young Professionals, and Central Falls Councilman James Diossa (Ward 4) recently sponsored the Central Falls 1st Networking Event, held at the Navigant branch in Central Falls. In this photo, Diossa ensures those in attendance that Central Falls has a bright future.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien will begin a â€śride-alongâ€ť program where he will ride along on city vehicles from various departments to better learn about their daily operations and challenges on a first-hand basis. The program will begin this Thursday, Oct. 27, with a ride-along on city sanitation trucks. Later ride-alongs will include with police and fire vehicles.
My favorite working moment of 2011 came back in late May when The Military Page asked area veterans to show up for photo shoots in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
I had my doubts about how many vets would attend, figuring they had many other things to do on a sunny Saturday in May, but those doubts vanished when the vets came walking up to the assigned meeting place, many of them with their wives or children, sometimes even grandchildren, mingling with other veterans and clearly enjoying the chance to have their picture taken with fellow veterans.
PAWTUCKET â€” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a retired 20-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, noted that he was just a young patrolman when the Conant Street Railroad Bridge was closed due to structural deterioration. However, after 22 years of delays, the bridge is finally slated to be replaced, and the reopening of Conant Street to through traffic will greatly improve police and fire response time to that neighborhood as well as the economic development of the city as a whole, he added.
SMITHFIELD â€” There is nothing stopping mayors and city councils from passing an ordinance right away that stops COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) on municipal employee pensions, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told a business forum Friday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” The participants make no bones about itâ€¦the dog park in Slater Park is the newest place to meet and mingle, for both canines and their owners.
The City Council on Wednesday voted 8 to 0 to approve a resolution ending the trial status of the dog park and making it an official attraction in Slater Park. The Recreation Committee made the resolution asking for the change, citing the success of the dog park since it opened last summer. Parks and Recreation Director John Blais also issued a letter of support for making the dog park permanent.
PAWTUCKET â€” As the unresponsive five-year-old male lay motionless on a table at the Memorial Hospital, a team of doctors attached an oxygen mask and performed CPR, their eyes anxiously watching the monitors. Not liking what they were seeing, they then decided to try a defibrillator. After a few moments, the boy's eyes fluttered open and he murmured â€śWhat happened?â€ť as the doctors looked at each other in relief.
PROVIDENCE â€” The die is cast.
A massive 200-page bill, months in the making, to radically change public employee retirement payments for everyone from the newly-hired worker to the longest-surviving pensioner was finally introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, ending an extended period of public expectation and speculation.
PAWTUCKET â€” The woman whose signature is reproduced on dollar bills and who also oversees the printing of all U.S. currency spoke to students at Slater Junior High School on Monday to talk about the importance of math, science, and pursuing higher education.
PROVIDENCE â€” The much-anticipated pension reform bill will be presented to a joint session of the General Assembly tomorrow.
Early reports of the plan to be presented by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo indicate that it will include shifting state employees and teachers from the defined benefit plan they have now to a â€śhybridâ€ť scheme that has components of both a defined benefit and a 401(k)-type defined contribution plan. This would affect contributions as well as benefits.
PROVIDENCE â€“ All four U.S. Senators from Rhode Island and Massachusetts â€“ including Republican freshman Scott Brown â€“ have introduced legislation that would create the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
â€śItâ€™s a great day,â€ť enthused Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, after hearing the news. â€śWe thought something was probably going to be moving sooner than later, but we didnâ€™t think it would be this soon. Weâ€™re just happy the timing worked out in our favor.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The best compliment that Farida Ferrario could ever receive was the sight of a group of her customers dressed in sweaters, tunics, skirts and other knitwear items that she had inspired them to make.
As the longtime owner of the Wayland Yarn Shoppe, located at 112 Raleigh Street in Pawtucket, Ferrario has passed on her knitting and crocheting talents as well as her passion for the crafts. On October 5, those who benefited from Ferrario's lessons, design sense, and encouragement crowded into her cozy shop to help celebrate her 44 years in business.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are searching for a male suspect involved in Tuesday night's armed robbery of a counter clerk at the Dunkin Donuts at 403 Broadway.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, a man entered the donut shop at around 9:20 p.m. and ordered a coffee. As the employee turned to get the beverage, the man went around behind the counter. He took out a large handgun and demanded that the employee open the cash register, Martins said. The man took about $160 and fled on foot, heading north on Broadway. The employee was not injured.
PAWTUCKET â€” Everything's better in harmony. And when it comes to singing, the old-fashioned style of â€śBarbershopâ€ť harmony is a proven training ground for honing voice skills.
Earlier this month, the Ocean State Chorus, performing Barbershop harmony, moved to a new home inside St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Established in 1967, the all-male chorus was previously based in Smithfield, but the musical group is now happily part of Pawtucket's downtown arts scene.