Archive - Jun 2012 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â As members of the Grebien Administration had been in the midst of discussions about ways to fund the job, Richard Kazarian resigned from his post as special economic development coordinator.
Kazarian, a noted art historian and antiques dealer who has been active in Pawtucket's redevelopment efforts of the past decade, was appointed to the $1,000 per week position by Mayor Donald Grebien last April in what was initially described as a temporary position.
PAWTUCKET â It won't be quite the way she wanted it, but plans are underway to move Betty Johnson's vast Pawtucket history collection out of the basement of her Fruit Street house and into a safer and more secure location at the Pawtucket Public Library.
PAWTUCKET â A jewelry manufacturer that has sat on the banks of the Blackstone River at 151 Exchange Street for over 150 years has shut its doors for good after being acquired by an Attleboro, Mass. company.
The Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co., founded in 1858, had produced jewelry findings, fine jewelry and carbon fixtures for soldering at its Pawtucket mill. Earlier this spring, the company, also known as Fuller Findings, was acquired by Findings Incorporated, a jewelry manufacturer that has been in business since 1945.
LINCOLN â Lincoln High Schoolâs class of 2012 marched into the future with words of reverence for great teachers and courageous alumni, plus a bit of guidance for weathering any adversity except, perhaps, the end of the world.
âSit down, breathe, find perspective,â said Valedictorian Dory Enright. âNothing is ever the end of the world, unless it is.â
PAWTUCKET â Kelsey Fournier spent the last three years rallying fans to cheer for the New England Patriots and now it's time for locals to return the favor and root for her. The 23-year-old Pawtucket native was recently crowned âMiss Rhode Island 2012â and will represent the Ocean State in the national Miss America competition in January.
PAWTUCKET â An assistant principal at Warwick's Pilgrim High School, who is technologically savvy and a self-described âinnovative administrator,â has been named the new principal of the Charles E. Shea Senior High School.
PAWTUCKET â From the days of volunteers and horse-drawn equipment to the continued importance of funding a relief fund for the injured, the long and storied history of the Pawtucket Fire Department and those serving on it, past and present, were celebrated on Sunday outside the Roosevelt Avenue headquarters.
CUMBERLAND â With a nod to the class of 1962, the graduating class of 2012 bid farewell to Cumberland High School on Monday night at a ceremony held at Tucker Field.
Michelle Torres, of Cental Falls, receives her Salutatorian medal and is applauded by Saint Raphael Academy principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch, center, and the Most Rev. Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, during the 85th commencement at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul in Providence Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â Ending an unsavory saga, Pawtucket Firefighter Cody Reed has pleaded no contest to one count of felony assault on a young teenage girl in exchange for a reduction in a previous count of third-degree sexual assault and dismissal of another charge.
Reed, 40, who lives on Second Street in Pawtucket, entered the nolo plea before Associate Justice Judith C. Savage in Superior Court in Providence on Thursday afternoon. The plea comes just over a week after his trial that ended in a hung jury.
PROVIDENCE â It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panelâs hearing on the budget.
PAWTUCKET â What could best be described as âjoyful noiseâ emanated through the ornate auditorium of the William E. Tolman High School on Wednesday night as 215 graduating seniors received their diplomas.
From the loud clapping and cheers that almost drowned out âPomp and Circumstanceâ during the processional to a heartfelt sing-along to the alternate rock song âWe are Young,â the class of 2012 did not go out quietly at the schoolâs 84th graduation, but more with a Tigerâs roar.
CUMBERLAND â The town's Monastery property will be on display with all its history when the sixth Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Festival is held there this weekend. More than 50 artists and crafters will be setting up booths near the Cumberland Senior Center building at the Monastery on Saturday for what organizers are hoping will be a nice day outdoors for the festival's visitors.
Lee Drury, Senior Center Director, said the festival is something the event's sponsors have been trying to grow each year as a rival to other popular arts and crafts events later in the season.
CENTRAL FALLS â For years when he was working as a driving school instructor in France, Leo Heroux would request to have June 6 off to go to the beach.
But it was no ordinary vacation day.
Heroux's destination was always Omaha Beach â a place that, despite its natural beauty, brings back painful memories of the carnage he witnessed as a young soldier in the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
PAWTUCKET â According to the latest data from the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook, there are many reasons for concern over Pawtucket children and their future well being. Yet, there are also a few bright spots on the horizon to offset mostly grim statistics.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared Monday that âthis is a new day at EDC,â because the RI Economic Development Corp. will start being more cautious about the way it doles out taxpayersâ money.
âWeâve been scorched; weâve been burned, as it stands now,â Chafee acknowledged. âRhode Islanders should know I am conservative by nature with every dollar and I always have been, as a mayor, as a (U.S.) senator, as a governor. There is going to be a full analysis before any investment is made.â
WOONSOCKET â A runner turning onto Mount St. Charles Avenue encounters a hill that only gets steeper, more challenging the farther the runner travels up it. It is only when the runner crests the top near Mount St. Charles Academy that the reward, a wide-ranging view of the land around the school, can be claimed.
A similar challenge faced the 196 members of the Class of 2012 graduating from Mount on Sunday when they began their studies at the private high school operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
CENTRAL FALLS â Saying it heralds a ânew period in Central Fallsâ recovery,â Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed John F. McJennett III, as the cityâs new receiver, replacing the controversial Robert Flanders.
McJennett is the former executive director of DEPCO (Rhode Island Depositors Economic Protection Corporation), the stateâs response to the credit union crisis.
PAWTUCKET â Sixteen-year-old Ryan Gomes patiently points out the parts of a guitar to 6-year-old Chris Brunetti, while the younger boy balances an instrument that is almost bigger than he is on his lap. âWhat's this?â asks Gomes, pointing to the neck of the guitar. âWhat are these?â he asks next, fingering the frets and strumming a few chords. Brunetti supplies the correct answers, smiling back at Gomes with obvious pride.
PROVIDENCE â A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâs 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâs plan to emerge from bankruptcy.