Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” It's not every day that an actor in a cameo gets a compliment in front of his peers from the legendary movie director Steven Spielberg. It's even rarer when that actor with the impressive voice hails from Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€” Jessica Olarte wants to be a registered nurse and midwife. Khadijah Moody's goal is to be a pediatrician. Kahila Leigh is interested in the challenges of psychiatric nursing while Ayowole Tom-Jones desires to work in pediatrics. All of these young people with â€śhealing handsâ€ť attend the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School, a new high school located in downtown Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's a sad sign of the times when students tell their teachers that they don't get enough to eat on the weekends and other days that school isn't in session.
It's a problem that school officials have been aware of for years. However, when recent statistics showed that the city's average poverty level had increased substantially, the School Committee's Wellness Subcommittee decided to take action by launching a â€śBackpacks to Fight Hungerâ€ť initiative.
LINCOLN â€” Troop 711 Albion Scouts Gian DiCostanzo, Bryan Guilbert and Matthew LaButti were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a High Court of Honor on Dec. 29 at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
It was the 11th Eagle Court of Honor for Troop 711, which was founded in 2005.
DiCostanzo, Guilbert and LaButti represent the 17th, 18th and 19th Eagle Scouts for Troop 711.
DiCostanzo, the son of of Kim DiCostanzo and the late John DiCostanzo of North Smithfield, is a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Tax season has arrived and with it an opportunity for low income working families and individuals to tap the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITA) program for some extra money in their pocketbooks.
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joined state and local officials and community partners at the Museum of Work and Culture on Friday to kick off this yearâ€™s awareness effort aimed at increasing participation in the federal and state tax assistance program.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a concerted effort to improve efficiencies within and between city departments and to ultimately serve the public better, city department heads recently took part in a three-hour â€śLean Officeâ€ť training session based on proven management principles used globally for many years across a number of top businesses and industries.
PROVIDENCE â€” Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin Friday announced that convicted murderer Victor Arciliares, 24, was found guilty by a Providence County Superior Court jury of one count of first degree murder, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit murder and using a firearm while committing a crime of violence.
The jury delivered the guilty verdict after deliberating two-and-one-half days following a five-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Central Falls Rep. Gus Silva has once again introduced legislation that would restrict the authority of receivers, budget commissions and overseers appointed to cities and towns by the state to fiscal matters only and not to any other aspect of municipal government.
Under the legislation, receivers or other state interveners would not be allowed to relegate any elected body to an advisory capacity, as the receiver did to the City Council in Central Falls, or to abolish any board or commission of a city or town.
PAWTUCKET â€” On the surface, a city with a vibrant river running through it should be able to boast about â€ślocation, location, location.â€ť Yet, because the Blackstone River was long used and abused for the purpose of industry, the riverfront property in Pawtucket and neighboring Central Falls is far from anyone's idea of â€śhigh-endâ€ť real estate.
PROVIDENCE â€” A bill to legitimize same sex marriage, which both its sponsor and its most vehement opponent agreed was, â€śThe most important piece of legislation (the House) will ever considerâ€ť passed the House of Representative on a 51-19 vote Thursday.
When Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay man to be elected Speaker of the House, banged his gavel after the vote and declared â€śthe act prevails,â€ť there were loud cheers, a standing ovation in the spectator galleries and sustained whooping and clapping that lasted for several minutes before Fox banged his gavel again to adjourn the session.
State and local officials urged residents to take precautions as dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills were forecast for the region through the weekend.
They also advised those at risk of exposure to take shelter at warming centers, including Mathieu Senior Center; 420 Main St., Pawtucket. The site is open from 8:30-4 p.m. daily through Friday.
â€śDress warmly, in layers, even if you are making a short trip to the mailbox,â€ť advised Woonsocket Emergency Management Director Gary Lataille.
Other tips for dealing with the cold include:
PAWTUCKET -- On January 18, the Pawtucket Police Special Squad culminated a long-term investigation into complaints about local drug activity with the arrests of 12 adults and one 16-year-old juvenile female.
The investigation concerned the illegal sale of marijuana, cocaine and heroin in the Pawtucket and Central Falls area. The Special Squad received assistance from members of the Central Falls Police as well as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
LINCOLN â€” A 91-year-old Lincoln woman died in her bed in a smokey house fire early Tuesday morning despite the reported attempts of her 90-year-old husband to alert her.
Fire officials identified the victim as Jeannette Barry. Her husband, Henry Barry, made it out of the house safely and is believed to be staying with the couple's son.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The city's streets will be getting a little darker.
In an attempt to rein in spending, more than 1,000 excess street lights are being shut off beginning this month as part of the first phase of the city's streetlight management program adopted by the East Providence Budget Commission.
As a result of a field audit commissioned by the panel last year, 1,225 excess streetlights were identified for shut off with special consideration given to keeping streetlights on at intersections, pedestrian crossings and school and park areas.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man who was planning director in the City of Newport has been hired to assist Pawtucket in its future planning and redevelopment efforts.
Mayor Donald Grebien has announced that Paige Bronk, who worked for more than a decade in a management capacity for Newport in the areas of planning, development, zoning, grants and historic preservation, has been named Pawtucket's assistant director of planning and redevelopment.
He is scheduled to begin work on Jan. 28.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday announcing its 2013 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village.
CUMBERLAND â€” The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees â€” two from each of the four fire districts.
PAWTUCKET â€” A vacant house at 171 North Bend Street has been the scene of two suspicious fires in the last six months, and Friday's blaze brought firefighters back a second time in the pre-dawn hours.
Firefighters first responded to a report of a fire in the two-story, woodframe house at around 4 p.m. According to the Pawtucket Police log, three juvenile males, two black and one white, and all approximately 15-years-old, were seen running from the scene.
PAWTUCKET â€” While family and friends of the 100 victims along with survivors of The Station nightclub fire are still waiting for a proper memorial to be erected at the West Warwick site, many went out and got their own personal memorial in the form of a tattoo.
PAWTUCKET â€” Capt. Robert F. Thurber, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, has been named the city's fire marshal, announced Fire Chief William Sisson.
Thurber, who was formerly captain of Engine 2 at the downtown fire station, began his new position on Monday. He replaces the city's former fire marshal, Capt. Steven Parent, who recently retired.
Thurber is the Pawtucket Fire Department's training officer and has coordinated the last five fire schools for the department.
He is also an education instructor/coordinator for the Rhode Island Fire Academy.