Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Six people--three familiar names in local politics and and three political newcomersâ€”have declared their intent to run for mayor of Central Falls in a special election to replace embattled former Mayor Charles Moreau.
The Rhode Island Board of Elections has set the date for a primary on November 6, the same day as the general election. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will then face off in a special election scheduled for December 11.
Louis Yip, left, pictured with his wife, and Sonny Ng and his wife, owners of Tai-O Corporation of Pawtucket, are honored during the 27th annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council awards held at Twin River Casino Thursday night in Lincoln. The dinner also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, created by Pawtucket's own Hasbro Inc., which was honored with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts, Business and Design Award. Yip and Ng, inducted into the Rev.
PAWTUCKET â€” With questions still lingering about some election procedures in the House District 58 race, the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has picked up the fight on behalf of candidate Carlos Tobon, who lost to incumbent Representative William San Bento by one vote.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are investigating a shooting of a city man that occurred during a robbery attempt early Thursday morning on Baldwin Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of 43 Baldwin St. in response to a shooting. Police discovered that the victim had driven himself to the Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his hip. His injury is not considered to be life-threatening.
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SEEKONK â€” Guitar teacher Greg Hodde was amused when the mother of one of his teenage male students told him she didn't mind paying for lessons because it was â€ścheaper than counseling.â€ť Yet, the self-taught musician and teacher can relate to that sentiment, as he is a true believer in the power of music and its role in one's journey toward self-discovery.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the next year's budget process underway as well as contract negotiations, two recent moves in the Pawtucket Police Department that the chief and city officials say are necessary have caused grumbling among the rank and file.
Last week, a low-key promotion ceremony was held at City Hall for two Pawtucket Police officers. Detective Capt. Paul Catarina was elevated to major of administration, a position that had been vacant, and Lt. Tina Goncalves was promoted to captain.
Cumberland resident Tyler Cardoso picks Cortland apples at Phantom Farms in Cumberland on a beautiful fall Tuesday. There are plenty of apples available as well as plump pumpkins for all your fall baking and decorating needs.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child molestation involving three boys between the ages of four and nine.
Jorge Jacinto Masariego, 33, of 27 Mavis St., pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation in the first degree and five counts in the second-degree.
Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel sentenced Masariego to 40 years, with 20 to serve, followed by lifetime sex-offender registration with GPS monitoring upon release.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Standing outside the elementary school he once attended, James Diossa spoke of his love and gratitude for Central Falls and why he thinks he should be the city's next mayor.
The 27-year-old Diossa, who also serves on the City Council, formally announced his campaign plans on Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in front of a group of cheering supporters. He was introduced by state Senator Elizabeth Crowley and retired Central Falls Police Lieutenant John Laboissionere, who both cited his youthful energy as a symbol of the city's future.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When Thomas Lazieh was elected mayor in 1990, the city was embroiled in a different kind of economic turmoilâ€”an inherited budget deficit of a then-staggering $2.7 million. With the school system still under the city's control, Lazieh maintains that the budget deficit was actually worseâ€”percentage wiseâ€”than it was two years ago when the decision was made to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Yet, with some belt tightening and economic development measures, â€śwe were able to turn the city around,â€ť he noted. More importantly, he thinks the 2010 bankruptcy could have been avoided.
PAWTUCKET â€” A fire caused by a candle in a bathroom led to the displacement of the occupants of a three-family house at 145 Garden St. on Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at around 3:30 p.m. that began in a second-floor bathroom. About a dozen tenants were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal, said that while the fire damage was contained to the bathroom, there was water damage to the first and second floor apartments.
Dancers from the Colombian American Society of Pawtucket perform during the Bright Future Festival at Jenks Park in Central Falls Saturday. The event is part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival.
CUMBERLAND â€” After more than a year of study, the Town Council next month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council on Oct. 3, followed by the council's formal vote on the plan on Oct. 17.
ATTLEBORO â€” A Pawtucket man has been arrested on drunk driving and other charges following a Thursday night accident in Attleboro that claimed the life of a 24-year-old North Attleboro woman.
CUMBERLAND â€” A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
SEEKONK â€” He no longer looks the part, but the suspect who had been dubbed the â€śbearded banditâ€ť following a string of local bank robberies was arrested by Seekonk Police on Wednesday, thanks to some eagle-eyed sleuthing by an East Providence Police sergeant.
Justin L. Worley, 33, who had been living at the Motel 6 on Route 6 in Seekonk, Mass., was taken into custody at around 2 p.m. Police reportedly found a fake beard and mustache in his motel room, where he had been staying for several months with his girlfriend and a young child.
PAWTUCKET â€” An army of volunteers is expected to arrive at the Old St. Mary's Cemetery on George Street tomorrow morning with a single objective in mind: putting a fresh coat of paint on the roughly 675 posts and 1,429 rails of the wrought iron fence that surrounds the historic cemetery.
The paint-a-thon will kick off at 10 a.m. and will continue "until the job is done," says resident Dennis Keough, who along with another resident, Tom Rogers, have spent the better part of two years caring and maintaining the cemetery, located across the street from the Irish Social Club.
PAWTUCKET â€” The driver of a rental car apparently missed a turn and crashed into the outside of an apartment building near the intersection of Division Street and Brewster Avenue on Tuesday just before 11 p.m., Pawtucket Police said.
According to Sgt. Roy Clary of the Traffic Division, the man who rented the vehicle told police he had been out drinking at a bar and asked two men who he had befriended there to drive him back to where he was staying. He said the men dropped him off at the requested address, but then remained in the car and drove off.
PROVIDENCE â€” The longtime mayor of struggling Central Falls resigned and has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts in exchange for handing out a lucrative contract to board up city houses, according to papers filed Wednesday.
The plea agreements bring an end to a two-year investigation that hung over the state's smallest city, even as it struggled through a painful municipal bankruptcy and faced questions over whether it would have to merge with another city to survive.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Voters in November will be asked to decide four referendum questions on the ballot, including amendments to the city charter that will establish a budget reserve fund, additional consolidation and reorganization of municipal departments, and four-year terms for the City Council and School Committee.
The referendum questions will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, which is headlined by the presidential contest.