Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
Kathy DeWolfe, of Pawtucket, buys bouquets of flowers for family members for St. Patrick's Day at Uncle Ronnieâ€™s Florist on Mendon Road in Cumberland Friday. Proprietor Ronnie Heffernan, pictured at right, who has been in business for the past 40 years, said sales were brisk all day in honor of the Irish holiday. He also stated that "we're Irish here all year round."
PAWTUCKET â€” Standing in the City Hall of one of the â€śhighly distressed communitiesâ€ť that he is hoping to aid, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee unveiled his proposal of a legislative package aimed at reforming municipal pension plans run by the State and by cities and towns and providing other types of financial relief from state mandates.
PAWTUCKET â€” While noting there are a lot of variables â€” chief among them being the governor's proposed meals tax increase â€” School Department officials are expressing a cautious optimism about the school budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
PAWTUCKET â€” A male suspect who crashed a party on March 4 and then threw a beer bottle through a window, seriously injuring a man sitting nearby, was arrested by Pawtucket Police on Monday and charged with felony assault.
Adilson Fernandes, 30, of Mansfield Street, Providence, was identified by Pawtucket Police as the suspect in the incident, said Major Arthur Martins. Fernandes was arraigned Monday in District Court on the charges and surety bail was set at $2,500.
PAWTUCKET â€” Of all the people she's wanted to tell about her participation in an elite NASA-sponsored educational program, 37-year-old Jodi Perron wishes she could relay the news to her former guidance counselor at Cumberland High School.
That woman, now deceased, had grounded Perron's freshman dreams of pursuing a course of study that could have lead her to become a rocket scientist at the famed U.S. space center.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford, is among five preliminary candidates selected to stand for election as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island, officials with the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island announced Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the dramatic way the front end of the van was embedded into the cement wall of a North Bend Street building, it was hard to believe that someone could have fled the scene. But flee they did, and Pawtucket Police are searching for the mystery driver who was involved in the two-car crash that took place at the intersection of Cottage Street and Central Avenue on Sunday at around 10:30 p.m.
WARWICK â€” Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it â€śis not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.â€ť
On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.
CUMBERLAND â€” The firm hired by the town last year to consult on a fire department merger study revealed some of its findings to the Town Council Wednesday as well as a glimpse of what it plans to eventually recommend when it submits its final report to the council in the fall.
Donald I. Jacobs, of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services, gave the council a 30-minute update on the progress of a comprehensive feasibility planning assessment for the purpose of consolidating the town's fire services as either an independent, municipal or regional department.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Broad Street liquor store owner has been fined and his business temporarily closed for selling alcohol to a minor in what is his fifth such violation in 11 years.
Following a hearing on Wednesday at the City Council's Board of License Commissioners, the board voted to order Gee's Liquors at 400 Broadway to remain closed effective March 11 through March 30. The store is allowed to re-open on March 31.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In California, a sure harbinger of spring is the return of swallows to Capistrano. In Rhode Island it is unions and school and municipal officials returning to the House Labor Committee to fight about binding arbitration.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Instead of the â€śyear of the cities and townsâ€ť that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be â€śthe year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” After lengthy debate that spanned two meetings, the City Council on Wednesday approved an amended resolution that will increase the membership of the Pawtucket Housing Authority from five to seven commissioners.
PAWTUCKET â€” City officials are looking to privatize the operation of the solid waste transfer station at 240 Grotto Avenue in a move they say will substantially cut costs, increase efficiency and possibly generate additional revenue through expanding capacity.
PAWTUCKET (AP) â€” Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the â€śunderperformanceâ€ť in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for â€śdifferent skill setsâ€ť in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket City Hall employees and members of the local community helped make a dent in the Winter Food Drive being coordinated by Progreso Latino and the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Fund to benefit residents of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Douglas Hadden, his director of constituent services and communications, delivered three large boxes of donated canned goods and other food items to the Salvation Army.
PAWTUCKET â€” Several concerned residents have raised questions about recent tree clearing and bulldozing that has taken place in the private Walnut Hill Cemetery, yet the property owner claims the efforts are part of a planned restoration project.
Ken Postle, Bill Greenwood and Charles Mogayzel, all of whom have been involved in cemetery preservation and beautification efforts in the city, say they are concerned about what they have seen taking place in a rear section of Walnut Hill Cemetery that runs along Arthur Street.
Jan M. McIntyre-Ba joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization, when she was 12 years old.
Her mother, Frances, had also been a Rainbow Girl, and her grandfather was a Mason, so Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, was something she was intimately familiar with even at a young age.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two conflicting bills -- one that would put a cap on the amount Cumberland fire districts can increase their tax levy and another that would allow the Cumberland Hill Fire District to implement a four-tier tax classification program â€“ were heard by the House Municipal Government Committee Thursday.