Archive - Oct 2013 - News Article
NORTH PROVIDENCE â Rhode Islandâs much-vaunted pension reform law amounts to a âWall Street wealth transfer schemeâ that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo knowingly participated in, according to the author of a report commissioned by the stateâs largest public employee union and written by an acknowledged foe of hedge funds who has feuded with Raimondo for much of this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Police are beefing up their presence at Onna Moniz John-Central Avenue Playground and meeting with concerned neighborhood residents in the wake of a broad-daylight shooting that injured a 22-year-old man at the park last month.
In a report to the City Council Wednesday, Police Chief Joseph Tavares said the department has increased patrols at the park and is considering additional crime prevention measures. In addition, the first in a series of community meetings was held Oct. 10 between city officials and neighboring residents to discuss concerns about the parkâs safety.
CENTRAL FALLS â A pregnant developmentally disabled woman, missing since last Wednesday, has been located safe and sound.
Luisa Pena, 21, was located by Central Falls police yesterday on the Central Falls-Pawtucket line, a week after she was reported missing by her family. Pena is three months pregnant, has a profound speech impediment and doesn't drive.
According to police, Pena was reunited with her family and friends yesterday, two days after her family â worried that she had been abducted â made a public appeal for help at Central Falls High School, where Pena attended.
CENTRAL FALLS â During about a 10-minute span, a maintenance worker came up to Paul Landry with a broken section of pipe and inquired about a certain bushing, a young mother pushing a stroller collected paint color samples for her baby's room, and two carpenters debated the best product to use on a ceiling repair. It was a small slice of a typical day at J.A. Landry Hardware on Broad Street.
Yet, after 110 years, the mainstay for factory mechanics, laborers and do-it-your-selfers alike is closing its doors, primarily due to the local economy.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council will consider a resolution adopting an updated master plan for Diamond Hill Park tonight.
The 375-acre Diamond Hill Park on Diamond Hill Road is a multi-use facility that includes several athletic fields, a band shell overlooking a pond and numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. For the past 10 years or so, the town has been trying to come up with ways to improve the park.
PAWTUCKET â While change is always unsettling, the merger of the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island with the Care New England Healthcare System looks promising--both for the residents of the city that has been its home for over a century as well as the rest of Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and even beyond.
LINCOLN â Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnât have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.
In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.
PAWTUCKET â It hasnât been a happy time at Halloweenland. Last weekendâs debut of the carved pumpkin- and Halloween-themed exhibit at Slater Park was delayed due to rain, and this week, it was spoiled by something truly sinister: vandals who snipped electrical wires, broke displays and pumpkins, and apparently tried to start some fires.
PAWTUCKET â Theyâre usually next to the cash register. Packages that look like they contain incense or potpourri and are labeled âBliss,â âFake Weed,â âLunar Wave,â âWhite Lightningâ or other colorful names. Yet, police say these are synthetic stimulants that are not only harmful, but are now illegal to sell in Rhode Island.
Pawtucket Police have just sent out a letter to all local retailers notifying them of a new state law that makes it illegal to manufacture, sell or use certain synthetic narcotics. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the law (RIGL, Statute 21-28-2.08) into effect on July 17.
PAWTUCKET â The audience was small â about a dozen residents, but they kept the questions coming for Mayor Donald Grebien and his key department heads at Fallon Memorial Elementary School Thursday night.
The meeting was one of a series of community meetings that began this month, and which Grebien has held regularly throughout the three years since he was elected. âI get to give you some of the highlights as well as the downside of government. Iâll talk about where we are and where we came from, and then Iâll take your questions,â the mayor said.
PAWTUCKET â A city woman is suing the city for $1 million in damages that she maintains were incurred as the result of a fall on Prospect Street during the summer.
A representative of the Orabona Law Offices in Providence notified the city clerk last August that Sherry Ambers, of 560 Prospect St., Pawtucket, was injured in an accident on Aug. 14. Ambers was reportedly injured when she was walking down Prospect Street and stepped on a large piece of metal.
CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs a new concept: using social media to reach out to investors to fund private and government projects. Recently, the city of Central Falls decided to try the method, known as âcrowdfunding,â to pay for five new steel trash/recycling bins for Jenks Park. To date, the city is about a tenth of the way there, but those involved are voicing optimism about the potential to reach the goal.
PAWTUCKET â While the City Council is typically granted the information it asks for, the need to protect the anonymity of undercover police officers trumped a request for details about the purchases of vehicles made by the city administration outside of normal purchasing procedures.
PROVIDENCE â Citing changed circumstances, the state Ethics Commission says Cumberland Town Councilman Scott Schmitt may participate and vote after all in matters where attorney Scott Partington, a former council president, represents clients.
Last February, the commission issued the opposite opinion, saying Schmitt must recuse himself in matters involving Partington because Partingtonâs law office rents space in a building that was owned at the time by ARS Holdings, a company owned by Schmitt and his wife.
PAWTUCKET â Maybe itâs the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.
PAWTUCKET â A man and woman who police say maintained two residences in the city where drugs and related paraphernalia were found were arrested Friday following an investigation by the Police Department's Special Squad.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, on Oct. 4, members of the Special Squad executed two search warrants for two addresses, 10 George St., apartment 24 and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3. He said that evidence police recovered indicated that the couple had maintained tenancy at both apartments.
PAWTUCKET â A little over a month after the much-talked-about merger with the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Thursday laid off seven employees in a cost-cutting move.
Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the seven job reductions, but said that one of the individuals, a senior vice president, had retired. She said the layoffs had included another senior vice president, two employees who had worked in Memorial Hospital's print shop, and three in facilities management.
PAWTUCKETâThe idea got people clucking when it was first introduced in March: a proposal for ordinance changes allowing residents to raise chickens, honeybees and outdoor fish.
Now, city officials are working to draft an ordinance that would allow for this type of limited urban farming, along with fish raising through aquaponics, that will be put to the City Council for consideration.
PAWTUCKET â Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her âcorn crop dress.â The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakleyâs great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her motherâs family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided the wedding photos to prove it.
CUMBERLAND â For those who love coffee, sometimes there just isnât time to go out to a coffee house for that beloved cup of joe.
Michael Houle and his wife, Linda, have a solution to that quandary with their Coffee Breaks single-serving coffee and accessories store at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, near the Route 295 interchange.
The Houles stock over 200 flavors of one-cup coffee, tea and juice packets for Keurig-style coffee makers, as well as a line of whole bean coffee from the Mills Coffee Roasters Co., on Broad Street in Providence.