Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” On a beautiful summer day, what's better than being out on the Blackstone River paddling a boat in unison with some friends? And when that vessel is a unique and colorful Chinese dragon boat, the fun goes up a few notches, as well as the spirit of competition.
September 7 is the date for the 14th annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival (rain date is Sept. 8). The races are held on the Blackstone River off the School Street pier in Pawtucket, running in conjunction with the festival, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The House of Representatives whizzed through large piles of bills at a furious rate Friday as they look to close the books on this legislative year on Tuesday.
Among the highlights of Fridayâ€™s session was the passage of the measure to designate calamari, a dish made from squid, as the stateâ€™s official appetizer.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a â€śMad Scientistâ€ť amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earthâ€™s composition and the scientific method.
â€śCyclone Cindyâ€ť Brunelle captured the childrenâ€™s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
PAWTUCKETâ€”As U.S. Sen. Jack Reed noted, thanks to a federal grant, the city has gained 21 newly-trained firefighters â€śto go where we won't go ... go to the dangerous places to protect us.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls Police are investigating the shooting of four people that occurred outside a multi-family house at 36 Hadwin St. late Wednesday night.
Police and rescue personnel responded to the location, near the corner of Hadwin and Tremont streets, shortly after 10 p.m. for a report that multiple people had been shot. It has been reported that at least three people were transported to local hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were reported to have been taken to Rhode Island Hospital and one to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A statewide grand jury Wednesday indicted a Pawtucket man on a charge of domestic murder stemming from an alleged assault on his ex-wife as she rode a RIPTA bus in Portsmouth in February.
Christopher James, 46, whose last known address was listed as 8 Randall St., Pawtucket, was charged with one count of domestic murder by the grand jury over the death of Terry Chiodo, 46. He was scheduled for arraignment on the charge on July 22 in Washington County Superior Court in Wakefield, according to Amy Kempe, spokesperson for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
PAWTUCKET â€“The bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers wonâ€™t be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned â€śpitsâ€ť in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.
PROVIDENCE â€“ City and town ordinances to ban or otherwise restrict the possession of pit bulls, or any other specific breeds of dogs or cats would be nullified if legislation passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday becomes law.
Lawmakers voted 59-10 to pass the ordinance over the objection of representatives from Pawtucket and Woonsocket, among other places, who protested taking such decisions out of the hands of municipal leaders. Proponents argued that targeting specific breeds does not make sense.
PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â€” New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.
Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away.
BLACKSTONE â€” The hot and humid weather Tuesday was no hindrance to Lou Ryan as she made her way into the Municipal Center with her daughter, Sharon Finn, of New Hampshire, to vote in the special state election filling U.S. Senator John Kerryâ€™s vacant seat senate.
LINCOLN â€“ A local pain management clinic has received a federal court subpoena for records tied to a national outbreak of fungal meningitis resulting from tainted pharmaceuticals last year.
Ocean State Pain Management of Blackstone Valley Place is one of 76 clinics around the country that federal health officials say dispensed contaminated drugs from New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was hot on Monday, up to 93 degrees in northern Rhode Island, and the weather was generating more concern for potential health impacts than a typical summer day due to higher than normal readings of ground level ozone.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, stopped in Rhode Island Monday to talk about design and manufacturing with students, educators, entrepreneurs and other economic development stakeholders at the RI School of Design and to help raise money for Congressman David Cicilline by keynoting his third annual Womenâ€™s Conference at the Biltmore Hotel.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Brutally hot outside temperatures and a fire and chemical spill inside a paint factory combined to cause a hazardous and uncomfortable scene for dozens of area firefighters on Monday.
Firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze at around 11:30 a.m. at General Polymer Inc., an industrial paints and coatings company located at 59 Foundry St. The company occupies a three-story, 75,000-square foot brick mill building located in a densely populated neighborhood off Broad Street.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the first day of summer comes many reasons to celebrate. Yet, Pawtucket police and fire officials want to remind residents of the laws regarding two activities that can affect safety and quality of life in a densely populated city like Pawtucket: fireworks and outdoor burning.
PAWTUCKETâ€”â€śDisappointedâ€ť is the way that Mayor Donald Grebien said he felt after getting the news that Pawtucket stands to receive about $876,000 less under the House Finance Committee's budget plan than what it would have under the governor's original proposal.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 38-year-old city man, reportedly an ex-boxer, has been charged in the brutal beating of a homeless man that occurred on May 18.
According to Pawtucket Police, the suspect has been identified as as Rafael Torres, 38, of 82 Sabin St.. Torres is accused of pummeling 58-year-old John Simms, of no permanent address, in a dispute. Torres, also known to live on the streets, was reported to have been angry with Simms because he drank his bottle of vodka.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Steaming plates of tripe stew and barbecue chicken and the traditional Marchas de SĂŁo JoĂŁo will highlight Clube Juventude Lusitanaâ€™s annual Saint Johnâ€™s Feast, a three-day Portuguese festival that kicks off tonight.
One of the biggest Portuguese feasts of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the clubâ€™s headquarters on Chase Street, including its three function halls, will be teeming with activity with everything from Portuguese folkloric dancing groups to the clubâ€™s traditional SĂŁo JoĂŁo parade in honor of St. Johnâ€™s Day.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Northern Rhode Islandâ€™s foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but itâ€™s improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.