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February 28th

Pawtucket lawmaker authors legislation to shake up Parole Board

February 28, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The recent parole granted to convicted “thrill killer” Alfred Brissette Jr. of Woonsocket – which shocked the populace and angered law enforcement and correctional officers — is generating proposed legislation to shake up the membership of the state Parole Board and to prevent such early releases in the future.

Man gets 10 years for machine gun possession

February 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A local man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of being in possession of an unregistered machine gun and ammunition, federal prosecutors said.
Isaiah Gasperini, 30, was also ordered to serve an additional year and a day for violating the terms of his release following a lengthy prison sentence on a previous firearms conviction.
Gasperini was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi in Providence, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr. announced in a joint statement.

Class sizes remain same -- student/teacher ratio at manageable level

February 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With all of the emphasis in recent years on standardized test scores and college readiness, the topic of class sizes and the student-to-teacher ratio is one factor to consider. Private schools and charter schools, in particular, tout smaller class sizes as a key factor behind their student bodies' typically higher showings on tests such as the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).

February 27th

Garcia sentenced to life plus 30 years for 2010 murder

February 27, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Armando Garcia, 33, with a last known address of 486 Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2010 murder of Brooke Lee Verdoia, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s Office. In addition, Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl sentenced Garcia to five years to run consecutive for the charges of failure to report a death and driving a motor vehicle without consent.

Concerns over Tidewater plant prompt public input

February 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It's clear that the city and future generations will benefit from the clean-up of a 23-acre former industrial site located off Pleasant Street known as Tidewater. However, keeping local residents and school children safe during those remediation efforts has been the focus of state and local officials and concerned parents as preliminary plans are being drafted.

Man charged with child molestation

February 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A 23-year-old city man is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl at his apartment on multiple occasions, Pawtucket Police said.
The suspect, Sergio C. Fernandes, of Vale Street, was arrested on Monday afternoon after a family member went to police about the matter. Major Arthur Martins said the incidents involving the girl, who is unrelated to the suspect and lives elsewhere in the city, are alleged to have been taking place since December.

February 25th

Pawtucket prepping for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

February 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The grand marshal and Irish “faces” have been chosen, the raffle has been held and the shamrock will be painted in the street in front of City Hall this morning. In short, the city is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday.
The parade will step off on Saturday, March 2, at noon (rain or shine) from McCoy Stadium on Division Street. The parade then proceeds down South Bend Street to Walcott Street, then into the downtown and onto Roosevelt Avenue, where it passes by a reviewing stand in front of City Hall.

Anti-bullying fundraiser gala slated March 14

February 25, 2013

LINCOLN — The Community Against Bullying in Schools will hold its Let Kindness Bloom fundraising gala on Thursday, March 14 at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The event will feature a dinner prepared by Kirkbrae chefs, a silent auction, a display of student anti-bullying artwork, guest speakers, and music by entertainer Matty B.

Unhappy Anniversary -- Noury's plane fell to Germans 69 years ago

February 25, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – At 89, former World War II POW Raymond A. Noury’s health isn’t what it used to be and these days he spends more time sitting in his wheelchair than he does using the walker that carries his portable telephone and plastic bin of personal items.
Noury, the sole survivor of an 11-member B-24 bomber crew, also has to contend with arthritis that makes it difficult to use his hands or straighten out his back.

February 24th

City officials look to social media

February 24, 2013

PAWTUCKET — “What we've got here is failure to communicate.” That movie line from “Cool Hand Luke” would seem to apply to an increased effort on the part of the city administration to promote Pawtucket and a new job it wants to create that would handle this in a more tech-savvy way.

Mayor Diossa aims to ‘set a new standard’

February 24, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS – Just a week after his predecessor was sentenced to two years in prison on a federal corruption charge, new Mayor James Diossa signed a comprehensive set of new rules for city officials and employees into law that he promises will “set a new standard for ethics and transparency in Central Falls’ government.”

February 22nd

2 city men indicted by grand jury

February 22, 2013

PROVIDENCE — The Providence County Grand Jury has indicted Pawtucket resident Justin Thomas, 26, with seven counts of first degree robbery, use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, carrying a pistol without a license, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $1,500, resisting arrest and reckless driving, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Transfer station to repel seagulls

February 22, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The company that operates the trash transfer station on Grotto Avenue has a remedy for getting rid of the seagulls that have been accumulating nearby: a sonic bird repeller.

February 21st

Little Sisters of the Poor move St. Pat’s dinner from Old Grist Mill to Wharf Tavern

February 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET — When Sister Gertrude of the Little Sisters of the Poor first suggested the idea of using a St. Patrick's Day dinner as a fundraiser for the Jeanne Jugan Residence, her mother superior was skeptical. The head nun didn't think enough people would want to eat a “boiled dinner” of corned beef and cabbage and told Sister Gertrude she'd be lucky to make $5,000.

February 20th

Kilmartin announces mortgage funding

February 20, 2013

PROVIDENCE — As part of the National Mortgage Settlement funding for local efforts to help homeowners facing foreclosure, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced two grants totaling $215,000 to support mortgage foreclosure education and outreach to area community agencies. Kilmartin announced a $155,000 grant to Progreso Latino to expand the agency’s Better Living Project and a $60,000 grant to HousingWorks RI to research and report on foreclosures and foreclosure prevention programs over the next three years.

Pawtucket police officer faces domestic assault charge

February 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A 15-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman he was involved in a relationship with.
According to a statement from Pawtucket Police, during the past several weeks members of the department were made aware of domestic violence crimes involving one of its patrol officers, 40-year-old Steven Ricco.

February 19th

FRANK DIPAOLO LAID TO REST

February 20, 2013

The casket of Frank DiPaolo Jr. is carried out of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Providence Tuesday morning. At right, family and friends of DiPaolo are can be seen leaving the church. DiPaolo, who died Thursday at 106, served as a doorkeeper for the Rhode Island House of Representatives for more than 30 years before retiring in 2010. He was a political mentor to former R.I. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, having met him while Kennedy was a young student at Providence College.

Pawtucket DPW defends snow removal efforts

February 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With ears still ringing from angry constituents’ phone calls, the City Council convened a meeting of its Snow Removal Committee on Tuesday night at City Hall.
Councilors Jean Philippe Barros, David Moran, Albert Vitali, Terry Mercer and Larry Tetreault attended. Most of the other key officials were there: Director of Administration/Public Safety Director Tony Pires, Public Works Director Lance Hill, Emergency Management Director Normand Menard, Highway Supervisor Norm Lamoureux, Police Chief Paul King and Fire Chief William Sisson.

February 18th

Attorney Jack Gannon named associate municipal court judge

February 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — In a Friday afternoon ceremony attended by city officials, friends and family members, attorney John T. “Jack” Gannon was sworn in as associate judge of the Pawtucket Municipal Court.

Mercer a finalist for EP Supt. post

February 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Kim Mercer, the deputy superintendent of schools in Pawtucket, appears poised to be named the schools superintendent in neighboring East Providence.
East Providence School Committee Chairman Joel Monteiro said that Mercer is the leading candidate chosen by a search committee to become the school district's permanent superintendent, replacing interim East Providence Supt. John DeGoes. He said about 25 educators had applied for the job, and Mercer was deemed the best qualified following interviews with about a half dozen finalists.

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