Archive - May 2012 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer.
They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here.
At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to a new computer program, people can report minor crimes, incidents and even anonymous tips to the Pawtucket Police from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
At a Monday morning press conference, the Pawtucket Police officially launched an online reporting system that is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Called the Citizens Online Police Reporting System, police say it is an effective tool that offers convenience for the public as well as a faster way to report data that police can then act upon.
PAWTUCKET â A red-tailed hawk that appeared to be sick or injured took up a lengthy perch on a shrub outside the Klibanoff Eye Associates office on Exchange Street on Monday. A passerby and a staffer at The Times called the Pawtucket Animal Control Department out of concern for the bird, and Animal Control, in turn, notified the state Department of Environmental Management. Animal Control Director John Holmes said that DEM workers captured the bird and examined it.
PAWTUCKET â When tossing around names of cities that are home to well-known breweries, Pawtucket, Rhode Island hardly springs to mind. Yet, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and craft beer enthusiast is embarking on a plan to change that with his High Jinx Brewing Company.
Six-year-old Kylee Bourgault of Pawtucket has a great vantage point from the hood of her motherâs car as she watches her brother, Anthony Bisbano, play tennis for the Tolman Tigers at Slater Park on Friday.
LINCOLN â Police are investigating the theft of a number of metal manhole covers from a new subdivision under construction off Angell Road.
The property's developer found six or seven of the heavy metal covers missing from an area of the development's incomplete roadway Tuesday morning, Patrolman Brian L. Molis reported.
The Lincoln Meadows development has several occupied homes located on the paved roadway, which becomes a dirt road in the area where numerous undeveloped lots are located, according to Molis.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The city got some great economic news last week when Planning Director Jeanne Boyle announced that igus Inc. has resurrected plans to build a 145,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse and office facility on property the Rumford-based company owns behind the old Handy and Harmon building on Ferris Avenue.
Boyle told City Councilors that the company's plans to build the warehouse and office facility have been in the works since 1991 with company officials receiving preliminary approval from the Planning Board in 2008.
PAWTUCKET â Driven by a drop in revenue and property values as well as increased expenses âincluding pension obligations for police and fire personnel â Mayor Donald Grebien is proposing a city budget that includes a tax increase of about 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
At Wednesday night's City Council meeting, Grebien unveiled the annual operating budget that he and his administrative team believe is needed to run the city for the upcoming fiscal year.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â A tug-of-war over an inmate in Rhode Island custody in a possible death penalty case escalated Wednesday as Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court ruling allowing the inmate to stand trial in federal court
PROVIDENCE â Local lawmakers are rallying to the defense of Woonsocketâs Place Jolicoeur war memorial with legislation to protect it and similar monuments from state constitutional challenges and defend it against federal constitutional challenges.
Rep. James McLaughlin, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Cumberland and Central Falls, introduced a bill in the House yesterday that will allow any elected state or municipal official to designate any âstructure, sculpture, inscription or iconâ as a âcategory oneâ memorial.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Four staffers from the Woonsocket Call and Pawtucket Times took home a total of five Rhode Island Press Association awards during the groupâs annual banquet at the Quonset O in North Kingstown Friday.
The showing was especially strong for photographers, who dominated the general news category. Ernest Brown took home a first place plaque for âGood Night Irene,â his dramatic photo of a tsunami-like wave crashing against the sea wall in Narragansett during the height of Hurricane Irene.
PAWTUCKET â A long and much-discussed legal case that pitted public school supporters against parochial school backers and involved city officials past and present was finally decided on Friday, with a federal judge rejecting claims that the City of Pawtucket used preferential treatment in assigning city athletic fields to Catholic schools for games and practices.
PAWTUCKET â More than 800 children in Rhode Island, including those served by Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Progreso Latino Inc. in Central Falls, and Woonsocket's Connecting for Children and Families, will benefit from a $200,000 grant provided by Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc.
To stem the loss of learning that takes place in school age children during the summer vacation months, Hasbro, Inc. and United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) have established the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative for children across Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man in the attempted murder of his girlfriend.
Erwin âEarlâ Grantley, 45, was found guilty of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling with intent to murder and domestic breaking and entering.
The jury returned the verdict on Thursday after two full days of deliberations. The trial before Superior Court Associate Justice Susan E. McGuirl had lasted six days.
The Japanese consulate general will visit Woonsocket on May 19 for a festive unveiling of a permanent statue of the legendary Japanese dog, Hachiko, in front of the cityâs historic train depot.
Takeshi Hikiharaâs diplomatic excursion is part of a broader celebration of the growing Cherry Blossom Festival in Pawtucket and Central Falls, where he also plans stops earlier in the day, says Robert Billington, executive director of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.
PAWTUCKET â The 37-year-old man shot to death by Pawtucket Police on Wednesday night had been wanted by the Massachusetts State Police for an armed assault.
The suspect has been identified as Jamie Coyle, who has addresses in both Pawtucket and Attleboro, Pawtucket Police said.
SEEKONK â Local firefighters, still dealing with smoldering debris some 12 hours after a blaze destroyed an old mill at 36 Maple Avenue on Tuesday, were surprised by a gas line rupture that occurred at the site at around 5 p.m.,
Seekonk Fire Chief Alan Jack said that the fire that was first reported at around 4:30 a.m. had long been extinguished but fire crews had stayed on the scene to deal with âhot spotsâ that kept recurring from the clearing and removal of debris.
PAWTUCKET â It's official: Mayor Donald R. Grebien is seeking a second term. He is planning to announce his candidacy for re-election at a campaign kick-off to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at Slater Mill. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
SEEKONK â Leftover contaminants fueled a smoky blaze that destroyed a vacant Seekonk mill and made for a long and exhausting day in the rain on Tuesday for area firefighters.
According to fire officials, crews were called to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. for a fire that had broken out in an abandoned building at 36 Maple Avenue, located off Central Avenue (Route 152). Several fire officials said the cause appears to be suspicious, as all of the utilities in the building had been shut off.