Archive - 2012 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Plastic bags of litter dangle neatly from the branches of trees. Scavenged bits of furniture are arranged into makeshift outdoor dining nooks, beside the tents. Nearby, a green-necked duck splashes down in the Blackstone River, looking for the expected handout.
â€śWe have our animal friends,â€ť says Ray Greeno. â€śWeâ€™re happy here.â€ť
A Vietnam veteran whoâ€™s been homeless for months, Greeno, 57, has been living in a tent on the banks of the Blackstone River since the beginning of the month, when the overnight shelter at Harvest Church closed for the season.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Department of Education awarded grants of nearly $700,000 to help improve the cityâ€™s two high schools yesterday.
Charles E. Shea Senior High School and William E. Tolman Senior High School will receive $349,297 each in federal School Improvement Grants, RIDE said.
PAWTUCKET â€” The damage consisted of a coin-sized hole in the bumper of an Audi, but the legal fallout from an accident between Jarred Lynch, the son of a prominent political family, and an off-duty Pawtucket Police sergeant returning from a nightclub detail, has turned into something much bigger.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued a consent order suspending the license of a city-based physician, Fredy P. Roland, Jr., MD, for one year. Under the conditions of the suspension, Roland can continue to practice medicine, but cannot prescribe certain controlled substances.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien has announced that the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporationâ€™s Enterprise Zone Council has re-designated the Pawtucket/Lincoln Enterprise Zone for another five years. Firms located in the enterprise zone, one of 10 in Rhode Island, are eligible to receive a maximum credit of $5,000 per enterprise zone resident employee and $2,500 for other enterprise zone employees. The new hires must be Rhode Island residents and the jobs must be classified as full-time.
WOONSOCKET â€” The former Supreme Court justice who has been presiding over Central Falls as receiver will be the guest speaker during a general membership meeting of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition next week.
Lawyer Robert G. Flanders Jr. will speak on the subject of municipal receivership and bankruptcy, said Acting WTC President Sharon Geving. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held April 26 at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., at 6:30 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â€” After months of hinting that he would reprise his 2010 Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline, Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma made it official Sunday evening: he is in the hunt for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
PAWTUCKET â€” Of all the plays and performances that have graced the stage of Tolman High School, none have been so weighty as the session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court that took place on Wednesday.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee made a rare appearance testifying before a Senate committee Thursday, pushing for passage of his package of municipal relief bills.
Joining him before the Senate Finance Committee were mayors of several communities supporting the legislation, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” In an effort to foster a â€śbusiness friendly climate,â€ť city officials are reaching out to local business owners to discuss ways they can make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses strong in a challenging economy.
In what is believed to be the first session of its kind, the city is hosting a business outreach forum on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at City Hall. No advance registration is required.
WARWICK â€“ On his first full day as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for president, Mitt Romney visited Rhode Island Wednesday, blasting President Barack Obama for the stagnating economy and lack of jobs in America.
Romney appeared at a Town Hall type meeting at the Crown Plaza hotel that lasted just over 45 minutes, taking questions on everything from the plight of the local fishing economy to who he will choose as a running mate.
PAWTUCKET â€” Truck traffic, noise, foul odors and decreased property values were among the main concerns aired by residents at a community meeting Monday night on a proposal to privatize and expand the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two city men were arrested on numerous drug charges after illegal marijuana growing operations were found in their Mulberry Street apartments, Pawtucket Police said.
PAWTUCKET â€” What a difference a few months makes. After being rescued out of receivership by a private developer, the historic Pawtucket Armory building is being given a second lease on life as an arts and entertainment venue as well as commercial loft/office space.
The castle-like, brick and stone building that sits majestically at the top of Exchange Street was purchased last fall by Brian Thibeault, the owner of Joseph Properties, a New Hampshire-based development firm. Thibeault paid a reported $561,000 for the 48,000-square foot property at auction.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Sometimes painted as the Molly Hatchet of the Rhode Island medical marijuana movement, putting the axe to the stateâ€™s three proposed compassion centers before they had a chance to open, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he just wants to make sure everyone knows where his office stands on the issue so there will be â€śno surprisesâ€ť when, and if, a dispensary opens up.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the city of Providence has a significantly larger pension fund problem to deal with than Pawtucket, the city's ad hoc Committee on City Pensions and OPEB Obligations heard details about how the state capital has been handling such matters at its meeting on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” An architecture engineering firm hired to study the leaking Pawtucket City Hall tower has come up with four solutions and is recommending one â€” a masonry restoration of $1.1 million â€” as the best fix.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police say that a 44-year-old city man was arrested after being seen kicking over headstones in the Walnut Hill Cemetery early Tuesday morning, and later admitted to committing a rash of vandalism at the historic graveyard over the weekend.
Kevin N. Domingos was arrested by a patrol officer at around 7:30 a.m. following a report from a concerned citizen who observed him doing the damage and called police, said Capt. John Seebeck. He added that the caller stayed on the phone with police and helped provide identifying details that led to Domingos' arrest.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” It's official. The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library will close their doors for good on Friday, April 27.
The closing of the two libraries is part of the East Providence Budget Commission's change to the library system, which will see consolidation of operations into the main Weaver Memorial Library on Grove Avenue and the Riverside branch Library on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometime overnight on Saturday, vandals pushed headstones off the bases of some 18 monuments at the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pawtucket Police said.
The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning and reported by Edward Ayoud, a caretaker for the section of the cemetery that is leased by the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. Ayoud said he learned of the damage from a parishioner who had been visiting a relative's grave that morning and then mentioned it to him at a church service.