Archive - 2013 - News Article
CRANSTON â€“ Public school teachers from North Smithfield to Newport jammed into the auditorium at Cranston High School West Monday and for well over two hours unloaded a long list of grievances against Education Commissioner Deborah Gist with the stated intention of convincing the new state Board of Education to not renew her contract next month.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 41-year-old city man suffered cuts to his hands after trying to defend himself against two intruders to his Dawson Street home early Sunday morning, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the man told police he was watching TV at his home at around 1:48 a.m. when two masked men, dressed all in black, entered through an unlocked door. He said that one of the men grabbed him from behind and tried to strangle him and another was armed with a knife.
PAWTUCKET â€” A movie described as a â€śparanormal family dramaâ€ť is set to begin filming scenes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, including at a local Irish bar.
According to a press release from Boston-based tFrog Films, Justine Gendron and Kyle Johannessan announce the filming of principal photography for the short film â€śDevil May Care.â€ť Filming is set for May 23 through May 27 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Locations include Pawtucket's own Galway Bay Pub, as well as St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport, Mass. and Island Grove Park in Abington, Mass.
PAWTUCKET â€” The diary of a young soldier from Woonsocket detailing his experiences during World War II has brought a first-person flavor to a Shea High School history class
No one remembers exactly how Emilian Larue's leather-bound diary ended up at Shea. By chance one day, history teacher James Matuszek was perusing a shelf in the history department office that held books and videos on WWII. â€śI pulled out some books and the diary fell out,â€ť said Matuszek. â€śI started to read and realized, 'Wow, this is incredible stuff.'â€ť
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the new leaders of Central Falls, a community emerging from the turmoil of bankruptcy to become a virtual New City, with new officials in place and new goals for the future.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Remember all that talk months ago about Central Falls merging with other communities, with Pawtucket taking a chunk of the little city and Cumberland picking up the rest?
Well, you can forget about it, now that Mayor James A. Diossa is in charge.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city could become the fourth community in the state to ban smoking in public parks and recreation areas under an ordinance up for consideration by the City Council on Monday.
If passed, it would follow Central Falls, Warren and West Warwick in prohibiting smokers from lighting up outdoors.
Cumberland passed a non-binding ordinance to ban smoking in parks in 2009 but itâ€™s not illegal for people to smoke outdoors.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Despite the sight of flashing lights, firetrucks, and American Red Cross volunteers at Fogarty Manor on Friday morning, there was no cause for alarm. The city-owned high-rise was the scene of a â€śmock disasterâ€ť drill designed to provide training in evacuation protocol for a multi-unit building of this type.
PAWTUCKET â€” Last month, school administrators expressed optimism about the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2014, citing an anticipated increase in state aid and expected funding from the city. However, due to the city administration's apparent decision to not provide $511,463 as part of â€śmaintenance of effortâ€ť and other adjustments requested by the School Committee, the latest draft is looking decidedly less rosy.
The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island assistance program for the stateâ€™s elderly residents hit another milestone Wednesday â€” serving its 17 millionth meal to Clara Ramos, 80, of Providence.
The highlight meal, this year served by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, is one of a long list of such events marking the work put in by the organizationâ€™s volunteers since the 1970s. That work has not only helped elderly residents maintain their nutritional health but also their independence and ability to remain at home.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Depending on who you listened to at the House Finance Committee hearing Wednesday, payday lenders are either providers of quick and convenient cash loans for regular folks in temporary financial straits or they are â€śpredators,â€ť â€śvampires,â€ť â€śmonstersâ€ť and â€śleechesâ€ť conniving to trap poor people in an inescapable cycle of debt at â€śusuriousâ€ť interest rates.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite acknowledgments that itâ€™s not an ideal situation, the Schools Superintendent intends to proceed with plans to move a majority of the incoming 6th graders to Goff or Slater junior high schools in September to deal with overcrowding.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Elizabeth J. â€śBettyâ€ť Johnson has been gone three years now but the 85-year-oldâ€™s love of local history is still paying dividends for the city she devoted so much energy toward.
Her carefully organized notes, clippings, photographs and Pawtucket memorabilia â€” previously kept in her longtime home at 30 Fruit Street â€” have been moved into the archives of the Pawtucket Public Library where they can be accessed by researchers wishing to delve into local lore.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” An empty lot on Newport Avenue, used mostly as overflow parking for Uncle Tony's Pizza and Pasta restaurant, is serving up some fascinating pieces of history as part of an archaeological dig.
It seems that the front portion of the lot, situated between New Road and Moore Street, was once the East Providence Cemetery. While the burial ground has long been closed and the coffins removed and interred elsewhere, the current owners of the commercially zoned property want to make sure that no remains were left behind.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A North Kingstown lawmaker is threatening to rally a boycott of Sovereign Bank if she finds out the bank closed its accounts with a local firearms dealer for political reasons.
â€śIf I find out this is true Iâ€™m going to close my account with Sovereign Bank and recommend all the Second Amendment people in Rhode Island do the same,â€ť State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Dist. 31) told The Call. â€śBanks shouldnâ€™t be choosing their customers because theyâ€™re in a certain kind of business. Thatâ€™s just stupid.â€ť
LINCOLN â€“ Local voters will get the chance to offer their say on a proposed $76,138,712 town budget for 2013-14 when the Financial Town Meeting gets under way in Lincoln High School tonight beginning at 7 oâ€™clock.
Michelle Decelles always knew Motherâ€™s Day to be a big day at the Coachmenâ€™s Lodge Restaurant she and her husband, Norman, run at 273 Wrentham Road in Bellingham.
It was a big day for the restaurant but Decelles never fully understood why people wanted to take their Momâ€™s out on that day until she became a Mom six years ago.
â€śI donâ€™t think I realized what motherhood really was until I became a mother myself,â€ť she said while working at the restaurant this week.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” A bomb threat involving Central Falls City Hall prompted an evacuation of employees and tied up traffic along Dexter Street and the surrounding area for more than two hours on Friday morning.
The threat proved to be unfounded and Police Chief James Mendonca gave the â€śall clearâ€ť at around 12:15 p.m. after the Rhode Island State Police Bomb Squad declared the building safe. Two police dogs, trained to detect explosive devices, were used to search the facility and no evidence of any bomb was found.
FOSTER â€“ Anthony Manzo is seated in a vintage leather barber chair with his muscular right arm extended in front of him as tattoo artist Robert Young prepares to go in.
Clean-cut and bookish-looking in his thick-rimmed eyeglasses, Young gives off the demeanor of a doctor as he pauses for a moment, studying Manzoâ€™s arm with quiet intensity. Youngâ€™s hands are covered in black rubber gloves, one of which is holding aloft a metallic device that looks like some sort of oversized hypodermic.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The owner of a former nightclub at 242 Middle St. was denied a request for a liquor license to re-open based on the club's troubled past and objections from neighbors.
On Wednesday, the City Council's Board of License Commissioners voted 8 to 0 to deny a request by Robert L. Thibeault to obtain a liquor license for Club Macundo. At a public hearing, he told the council that he has had trouble keeping tenants in the commercial building, and he wants to re-open as a club to help pay his taxes.
LINCOLNâ€”A lunch of Del's Lemonade, chowder and clamcakes, hot wieners and Autocrat coffee milk already had guests smiling, and when Viola Davis took to the stage, it was a celebration of yet another classic product of Rhode Island.
The award-winning actress was in her home state on Wednesday to attend the 28th annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity Luncheon at the Twin River Event Center. Davis spoke at the event, and received the Rhode Island â€śMaking a Differenceâ€ť Award for her contribution to art and culture tourism in the state.