Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
LINCOLN â âReckless,â âdangerousâ and âsubstantially below the standard of careâ are some of the terms health officials are using to describe the prescribing practices of a local doctor whose medical license was suspended Thursday by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
A âpattern of fatal opiate overdoses in patientsâ under the care of Dr. Fathalla Mashali prompted the board to conduct the investigation that led to his suspension, according to papers released by the board.
PAWTUCKET â Like the memorial trees at the center of its purpose, the popularity of the Tree in Memorial program in Slater Park just kept growing and growing. But sometimes success can bring its own set of challenges.
When city Recreation Director John Blais inherited the program from his predecessor William Mulholland, who started it, he realized it had outgrown the paper records way of keeping track of where the trees were, who donated them and in whose name.
CENTRAL FALLS â Fundraising for a project, especially in tough economic times, is always challenging. But when the project centers around someone as universally liked as the cityâs late fire chief, Rene Coutu, the task becomes a lot easier.
Coutu, who served as fire chief for 25 years, died on Dec. 7, 2010, at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Now, longtime friend and Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Ferri wants to have a city park dedicated to Coutuâs memory.
âIâve known Rene a long time, and heâs a guy so deserving of something in this city,â said Ferri.
PAWTUCKETâLarge plate glass windows facing the busy intersection of Broad and Barton streets offer a window to the world that Project RENEW is trying to reach.
PAWTUCKET â How often do you get to go to an Interstate 95 bridge lighting party?
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Pawtucket, along with support from the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call newspapers, invite the public to join in a celebration of the first lighting of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
CUMBERLAND â A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park last spring have gone from condemned prisoners on death row to the new star attractions of what town officials are hoping will be a natural outdoor exhibit to showcase the parkâs diverse flora and fauna.
EAST PROVIDENCE â City Manager Peter Graczykowski has announced that the city ended fiscal 2012 with a general fund surplus of $8.7 million, which will go into the cityâs rainy-day reserve fund recommended by the Budget Commission and approved by the voters at the ballot box in November 2012.
The surplus number was reported as part of the annual audit by Parmelee Poirier & Associates, which completed its review of the cityâs finances on July 31.
CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs the Super Bowl of fashion design, and Josamir Torres of Central Falls will be there taking her fashion design skills from the classroom to the runway.
Torres, a 2008 graduate of Central Falls High School, is one of 10 student designers at The Art Institute of New York City who have been selected to bring their fashions to the industryâs largest stage â the semiannual New York Fashion Week, one of four major fashion weeks held around the world.
LINCOLN â Starting out as a freshman student in high school can be much easier if there are a few familiar faces at the school when the first day of school arrives.
Thatâs why Lincoln High School Principal Kevin McNamara, staff members of the school and upperclassmen were out in the schoolâs parking lot on Wednesday for the annual Freshmen Roar night.
Freshmen and their parents could meet the studentsâ teachers, take a tour of the high school, and also sign up for extracurricular activities such as sports or afterschool clubs.
PROVIDENCE â With his brick-solid, 6-foot-6-inch frame and fiery spirit, one could liken Roger Bacon to a big industrial furnace. However, due to a series of medical and personal setbacks suffered in recent years, including losing part of a foot due to infection, the blaze in that furnace had all but gone out.
Now, thanks primarily to the work of two caring physical therapists at Summit Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the 50-year-old Bacon is all fired up again and ready to embrace the next phase of his adult life with gusto.
LINCOLN â A Manville manâs pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â During the height of flu season in 2011, Denneese Seale was a weary, sleep-deprived woman.
The mother of four from Dawn Boulevard was doing her best to tend to a wave of upper respiratory illness sweeping through her family. She was staying up late and repeatedly invoking the germ-control mantra: âCough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!â
There had to be a better way.
PROVIDENCE â The Rhode Island State Police, and other law enforcement agencies across the state are cooperating to provide backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. State Police Col. Stephen OâDonnell said this year, the fifth year the program has been in operation, they will be handing out 1,200 backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, rulers and other basic school supplies, as well as items such as tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for use by the entire class. That is 450 more backpacks than were given out last year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The injured worker hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a wood pellet factory on Ferris Avenue Tuesday was one of a dozen employees working at the plant when the fire, now believed to have been sparked by an explosion triggered by combustible dust, broke out.
PAWTUCKET â The $4.3 million project by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to replace the crumbling Conant Street Railroad Bridge, which carries Conant Street over Amtrak and the Providence and Worcester Railroads between Mineral Spring Avenue and Barton and Weeden streets, is moving forward.
As of this week, the new concrete bridge deck has been cured and installation of granite curbing and sidewalks has begun. Preparations are also under way for the installation of new water and gas mains.
The chairman of the state Republican Party says recent jobless numbers that show Rhode Islandâs already-high unemployment rate climbing in July puts the lie to the claims by General Assembly leaders that they took effective steps to boost the economy during the legislative session that ended last month.
PAWTUCKET â As the ambitious, multi-phase proposal to overhaul the district's school buildings is presented to the full School Committee tonight, both city and school leaders agree that a team effort is needed to bring the project to fruition.
GLOCESTER â Dr. Michael Barnes, school superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School system, is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its general membership meeting on Wednesday.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, his dedication to the education of all children, his commitment to the community, and his service to RISSA.
CENTRAL FALLS â A Central Falls woman was arrested Friday and charged with selling crack cocaine from her home on Lincoln Avenue.
Andrea Diaz, of 119 Lincoln Ave., was arrested after members of the Central Falls Police Departmentâs Special Investigative Unit executed a narcotics search of her first-floor apartment.
PAWTUCKET â Authentic Spanikopita (spinach pie), fresh Baklava and traditional and modern Greek dance will highlight the 86th Annual Grecian Festival, a three-day Greek festival that kicks off today at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church.
One of the biggest Greek festivals of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the 97 Walcott St. church, will be teeming with activity with everything from Greek dancing groups to an indoor/outdoor Greek Agora (marketplace).