Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ For 29 years, the city-owned Weaver House on Grove Avenue sat vacant, shuttered by the city in 1983 because of its age and need for major repairs.
"The 29 years the Weaver House sat dormant was a great loss to the city. Today, it's a beautifully restored building that is a vital part of the community once again," East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers told a gathering of city and state officials Tuesday at a public open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Weaver House restoration project.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The Ocean State now has a musical shrine to call its own. On Sunday night, a ribbon-cutting was held at the Hope Artiste Village at 999 Main Street to debut the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.
Pawtucket artist and garden designer Mike Bryce, whose studio is located at 1005 Main St., paints colorful tiles for his painted garden called "Serenity" - a Rhode Island day trip from historic Providence to the tranquil shores of Block Island, at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center in Providence Friday. The show runs through Sunday.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ In an effort to encourage reuse of more of the city's vacant mills or underutilized commercial buildings, the City Council is supporting legislation that would expand the ‚Äúarts and entertainment district‚ÄĚ that offers an exemption from sales tax on original works sold by individuals working in arts-related fields.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,‚ÄĚ Chafee said. ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs hope those May numbers continue the positive trend they‚Äôre on.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The City Council at its meeting of Feb. 8 approved several appointments, including that of renewing the terms of the municipal judge and associate municipal judge.
By a unanimous vote, the council elected former state Senator John M. McBurney to a three-year term as municipal judge and current Sen. Donna M. Nesslebush to a three-year term as associate municipal judge.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ How much of a pounding from trailer trucks can a 135-year-old bridge take? That's what City Councilors have been wanting to know. Yet the most recent assessment done by the state rates the span as safe and maintains the additional truck traffic is having little to no impact.
Heralding the 1663 Royal Charter for the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as ‚Äúone of the great human rights documents of the world,‚ÄĚ Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles II‚Äôs grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the state‚Äôs founder, and the charter in his speeches and Statehouse presentations, Chafee appointed a 34-member commission to organize a celebration for the sesquarcentennial, which will culminate on July 8, 2013.
Ann L. Hogan has always believed that not only should a person strive to achieve personal success in their own lives, they must go out and serve others. Service to others, she says, not only gives meaning to your own life, it makes life better for others.
‚ÄúService should be an element of everyone's life. People need to have that experience of giving to others,‚ÄĚ says Hogan, 83, a retired school teacher from Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Common Cause Director John Marion, a government watchdog and frequent critic of the General Assembly, found himself standing with Gov. Chafee and legislative leaders at the Statehouse Thursday, hailing what he called ‚Äúa big improvement‚ÄĚ in the state‚Äôs campaign finance laws.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď The pain started in her lower back and slowly migrated toward her ribcage.
Kristen Dubois thought she was passing a kidney stone.
She was giving birth in the bathroom of her fiance‚Äôs Willow Street apartment in Woonsocket.
‚ÄúI was like, ‚ÄėOh my God. I can‚Äôt believe it,‚ÄĚ says Dubois. ‚ÄúI started yelling for my boyfriend. ‚ÄėHe‚Äôs coming out! He‚Äôs coming out!‚Äô‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The leaking City Hall tower is being studied by an architectural firm in an effort to root out the source of the problem and find ways to remedy it.
City Public Works Director Lance Hill said the Providence-based firm of Robinson Green Beretta Corp., has been hired as a consultant to inspect the tower and make recommendations and cost estimates on how to fix the leaking. He said he expects the study to be completed within the next couple of weeks.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The city employees' largest union, Council 94, AFSCME Local 1012 has won two jobs back through arbitration that had been lost last year through lay-offs. However, a broader attempt to have the city rescind 18 lay-offs and provide back pay and benefits to the affected employees was not supported by the arbitrator.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nation‚Äôs five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay ‚Äúa drop in the bucket.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWhat an insult to the American people,‚ÄĚ Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. ‚ÄúWhat an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has found that a proposal by the Grebien Administration to solicit private donations to fund the salary of the new economic development director would be against the Code of Ethics.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners ‚ÄĒ and especially his lucrative banquet business ‚ÄĒ could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.
Robert Lacourse wasn't exactly a young guy when he joined the Lincoln Lions Club 18 years ago. But at the age of 52, Lacourse says he was at a stage in his life when he finally had the time to devote to a local group of service-minded men and women who were doing volunteer work to support the community and help those in need.
The Lions, he says, fit the bill perfectly.
LINCOLN ‚Äď After over two decades of patrolling the streets of the town's seven villages, managing the training of officers and acting as the Lincoln Police Department's public information officer, Capt. Raymond Bousquet III has chosen to retire.
Friday was his final day in an LPD uniform. He now will direct his energies toward a new career in the banking industry in Boston.
In vintage Bousquet fashion, he stated, ‚ÄúThis is not a sudden decision. I'm moving on, and it's time. The timing is right for me and my family. That's it.‚ÄĚ