Archive - Apr 2013 - News Article
Blackstone Valley Sports Editor Eric Benevides knew he would not run one of his best marathons when he set out on Monday‚Äôs 26.2-mile Boston Marathon course, and that may well have spared him the horrific scene marking the race memories of many others.
Two bombs detonated near the course‚Äôs finish line killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, by last night‚Äôs tally and wounded scores of others as Benevides and his wife, Bozena Chmielewski, were still running the 26.2-mile course.
Cumberland High School running Coach Tom Kenwood had believed Monday would be like any other Patriots Day when he took a bunch of his team members to Wellesley to watch runners in Boston Marathon pass by.
Patriots Day, after all, has always been a good day to visit Boston for a chance to see runners in the city‚Äôs historic Marathon and maybe to see the Red Sox play or take the kids to a museum.
But the explosion of bombs at the finish line for the marathon‚Äôs 117th running changed all that while leaving thousands on the marathon course and people in general wondering why.
BOSTON ‚ÄĒ Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people ‚ÄĒ including a child ‚ÄĒ and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ State Rep. Michael J. Marcello wants to use GPS tracking systems to greatly expand the reach of the state‚Äôs domestic violence laws.
Marcello (D-Dist. 41, Scituate, Cranston) says a court-issued protective order or no-contact order is not enough to ensure that the victim of a crime will be safe from violence.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Joining neighboring Pawtucket, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa has privatized the city's trash and recycling services with the Seekonk, Mass.-based vendor MTG Disposal, Inc.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Alfred Smith feels confident now that whenever he has to lie down on a floor, he has the ability to raise himself back up. This was a personal milestone for the 70-year-old man with developmental challenges, and he took his first step through an Adaptive Yoga project offered by Shri Studio.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The project to replace the crumbling Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Seekonk River between Exits 27 and 28, is now expected to be completed some time during the first half of August.
That‚Äôs the latest estimated completion date for the $81 million bridge project, which began in the fall of 2010.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Mix burning wooden pallets with a propane-fed fuel source and what do you get? A massive blaze of the type that kept firefighters very busy on Lockbridge Street Thursday afternoon.
At around 12:40 p.m., a fire broke out at the J.S. Pallet Company, 60 Lockbridge St. According to Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, a malfunctioning drying device used in the pallet-making process set off a blaze in a trailer at the commercial facility.
PAWTUCKET‚ÄĒWith several comments made about the benefits of ‚Äúan extra set of eyes,‚ÄĚ the City Council on Wednesday voted to engage the services of city resident Alan Tavares as a fiscal watchdog during the upcoming budget process.
The council voted 8 to 0 to accept the volunteer services of Tavares, a retired financial official who lives on Pinecrest Drive. Councilor Jean Philippe Barros had been present at the meeting earlier but left prior to this vote.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ While Woonsocket students will be the first in the Blackstone Valley to begin their summer vacations with the last day of school on June 19, most other Valley schools, including Pawtucket, East Providence and Central Falls, will have their final days of the academic year somewhere during the week of June 20-26.
Blackstone-Millville Regional School students won‚Äôt be leaving for the summer until a full nine days later on June 28.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Faced with the prospect of severe overcrowding at most of the city's elementary schools, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke is proposing that a majority of the incoming sixth graders be relocated to classrooms at Goff or Slater junior high schools in September 2013.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Fresh eggs and honey from Pawtucket? One local nutrition group would like to see changes in the city's zoning and animal ordinances to allow urban farming activities like these to take root.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Students in the city could soon be wearing the school colors of red and blue on their sleeves ‚ÄĒ and on their slacks and skirts as well.
Central Falls Rep. Agostinho Silva has introduced legislation to allow Central Falls schools to adopt a dress code requiring school uniforms. Silva said parents approached him several months ago wanting to establish a school uniform policy.
‚ÄúI told them, I‚Äôll put it in,‚ÄĚ Silva said, adding that the parents ‚Äúare looking to put everybody at the same level, dress-wise, when they go to school.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Police Tuesday were investigating a reported bank robbery involving two armed suspects at the Navigant Credit Union on Broad Street.
According to reports, two males dressed in black and wearing black masks walked into the 693 Broad St. bank where they showed a firearm and demanded cash from a teller. The suspects were reported to have fled the scene in a green Chevy Impala with red dealer plates, and they were last seen heading toward Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Though hailed as a centerpiece of the future Slater Mill National Park that local and state tourism officials are hoping becomes a reality, the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center at 175 Main St. has been struggling to pay its bills and its quasi-public owners are planning to put it up for sale.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Graciette Nobre sat next to her tearful mother and other family members on the curb across from 191 Harrison Street on Monday as officials walked in and around the burned-out multi-family that was their home until yesterday afternoon. ‚ÄúI just want to get in there and see if I can get my car keys, and find any of my stuff,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúAll of my things, my documents, are in there.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET -- A multi-building blaze broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Harrison Street. The fire, which was reported to have started in one residential building, quickly spread to a second nearby building and then a third as the fire went to four alarms. There were scanner reports of possible injuries and mutual aid had to be called in to help fight the blaze. The fire appeared to be contained to three buildings and was brought under control about an hour after it was first reported. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the afternoon. No immediate cause of the fire was given.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Change can be scary...especially if it affects one‚Äôs ability to get to work, school, or some other important destination.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has embarked on a plan to change many of its bus routes statewide, and officials say they are trying to do it without causing hardship to riders.
In an effort that began last summer, RIPTA has been doing a ‚ÄúComprehensive Operational Analysis,‚ÄĚ a study of where riders live and work, how each bus route is performing, and where changes could be made to improve service.
Just one day after state officials assembled to roll out a raft of proposed school safety legislation, a lockdown at the University of Rhode Island triggered by reports of a gunman on the South Kingstown campus brought new immediacy to what has become a national conversation about guns.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN (AP) ‚ÄĒ The University of Rhode Island is ending a lockdown and says an investigation has revealed there was no gun or active shooter at any time on its South Kingstown campus.
The school ordered students and staff to stay indoors Thursday after reports of a gunman on campus.
A student in an 11 a.m. physiology class told The Associated Press that she was sitting in the back of a large lecture hall when someone sounding scared yelled "You're a nice guy! You're a nice guy!"
The student says people then started to run and scream, and the professor told all the students to run.