Archive - 2011 - News Article
LINCOLN â Under the watchful eyes of instructors Deb Reddy and Paula Paluch, a group of perhaps a dozen Northern Elementary School students performed an assortment of body moves on a classroom floor early Monday afternoon.
âOK, we're doing the 'Down Dog,'â Paluch announced to the girls as the tune âTownship Krishna,â sung by Krishna Das, blared from a small CD player. âNow, swing to the 'Warrior 1.'â
A few seconds passed, and Paluch asked the kids to move to the âWarrior 2,â then to the âWindmillâ and âCobraâ before switching back to the âDown Dog.â
PAWTUCKET â Two City Councilors are raising questions about some expenditures made by the Grebien Administration for municipal jobs and even the spending philosophy behind the budget itself.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has enabled more residents to take part in the senior citizen tax deferment program by lowering the age requirement and increasing the income guidelines for eligible seniors.
Initiated in 2003, the senior citizen tax deferment program is a tax-relief aid that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer all or part of their taxes and special assessments on their primary home. The loan is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.
CENTRAL FALLS â Less than two months after Central Falls filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders have put forward a five-year financial plan that, if approved by the Bankruptcy Court and creditors, would allow the city to continue to exist on its own, without being taken over by Pawtucket or carved up with the pieces parceled out among its neighbors.
LINCOLN â A record number of people came out to the Twin River Event Center on Thursday night to honor the author of a book on a record-setting baseball game, a Central Falls native who heads up the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation and other special guests at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.
EAST PROVIDENCE â In his two-plus decades working on the East Providence police force, Sgt. John Andrews has heard all kinds of excuses from people as to why they don't wear their seat belts.
He received the same ol' song and dance Wednesday morning, when he and several other officers conducted a âClick It or Ticketâ campaign enforcement zone at the R.I. Public Transportation Authority's âPark & Rideâ lot on Taunton Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â Parks Commission Chair Terry Mercer conducted an emergency meeting Wednesday night to request further information as to the fall season permitting process for school athletic and recreational field usage.
PAWTUCKET â A loose pit bull caused chaos Monday afternoon when he ran into the yard of St. Cecelia's School and jumped at and bit three children waiting to go inside.
According to Animal Control Director John Holmes, the children's injuries consisted of minor bites and scratches. The adult pit bull and a pit bull puppy belonging to the same owner have both been taken to the Animal Shelter in Slater Park. The adult dog will be held at the shelter for a 10-day quarantine as required by state law, Holmes said. The state Department of Health was also notified.
PAWTUCKET â Proposed changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown area more business-friendly will be the topic of a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting. The hearing will start at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â Based on information he has gleaned from recent seminars, Pawtucket School Committeeman David Coughlin has written a letter to the Central Falls receiver asking if a consolidation of School Department services should be explored between Pawtucket and Central Falls.
CUMBERLAND â "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and closes out later today (Sunday).
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.
LINCOLN â The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, âThat was outstanding.
âIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family âA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A full 45 minutes before TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility attorneys were to appeal a May 27 zoning violation before the Zoning Board of Review, at least 60 residents conducted a vociferous rally in front of City Hall on Thursday night.
Most members of the congregation, including men, women and children, wore red T-shirts with the catch phrase âEnforce The Law & Protect Usâ in white on the front, while others carried signs reading, âStop Pond View Now!â and âHold Pond View Accountable!â
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to grant money and a local physician's unique idea, the âdoctor is inâ at Shea High School.
Dr. Tanya Becker, a pediatrician who has practiced in Pawtucket for the past seven years, has set up a satellite office in the lower level of Shea High School. Here, on certain days and during scheduled hours, she will see students who are ill or in need of medical exams or other treatment in the same way she would at her regular office 59 Prospect St.
PROVIDENCE â With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.
PAWTUCKET â An electrical fire that started in an attic displaced about 13 tenants in a four-unit apartment house at 192 Garden St. early Wednesday morning, fire officials said.
The call for the three-alarm blaze came in at around 5 a.m. According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the fire burned through much of the roof and caused extensive smoke and water damage throughout the wood frame house.
All of the tenants were able to escape and no one was injured, although two firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion, he said.
PAWTUCKET â Many of its Pullman car windows are broken or missing and its stainless steel has lost its luster, but Jonathan Savage was still pleased as punch Tuesday afternoon when the antique diner he recently acquired was delivered to his mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â Changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown more business-friendlyâincluding one that removes parking requirements-- have been proposed by the Planning Department.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held by the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall. The City Council could give first passage to the changes that night, and a second vote will be required for adoption.
PROVIDENCE â State employees and schoolteachers âpossess implied unilateral contract rightsâ to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isnât making any promises.
âWe would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,â she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, âso if youâve earned it, itâs yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.â