Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council has scheduled a special session Thursday night to discuss the Grebien Administration's suggested solution to the severely underfunded police and fire pension plan.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council's Office, Room 303, at Pawtucket City Hall. Council President David Moran said he called the meeting so the councilors could learn more details about the proposed Funding Improvement Plan (FIP) that Mayor Donald Grebien's administrative team has developed.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's officially time to ditch the hats and mittens...the Looff Carousel in Slater Park will be opening its doors this weekend to set the spring season in motion.
According to Cindy Medeiros of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, the historic carousel will begin its weekend hours of operation this Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From April 6 to June 30, it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After June 30, the carousel will operate seven days a week.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says lawmakers who insist on reducing the annualized percentage rate for payday loans down from the current 260 percent to 36 percent immediately are â€śdetrimental to the causeâ€ť of reforming an industry she sees as equivalent to â€śloan sharking.â€ť
Baldelli-Hunt has once again filed legislation that would cut the interest rate down to 130 percent, or a two-week rate of $5 for every $100 borrowed.
CUMBERLAND â€“ He was known as â€śButchâ€ť by his friends and neighbors at Victorian Court, a small, tight-knit condominium complex on Nate Whipple Highway where neighbors often gather outside on a Sunday morning to share small talk over coffee.
On Monday, many of those same neighbors were expressing shock and disbelief after Butch, 73, and his 70-year-old wife were found dead in what police say was a murder-suicide while their daughter and grandchildren were in the coupleâ€™s 301 Nate Whipple Highway home on Easter Sunday.
PROVIDENCE â€” Following up on last weekâ€™s announcement of a $150,000 grant to the Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announces a $1.5 million grant to Rhode Island Housing and the agencyâ€™s HUD-approved counseling center.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In an era when leaders are constantly challenged to â€śthink outside the box,â€ť insights from experts on how to better understand important decisions and the best ways to make them can help show the way.
Thatâ€™s what brought Mayor Donald R. Grebien, accompanied by Finance Director Joanna Lâ€™Heureux, to a recent two-day leadership session conducted at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in Newport.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mellany Rodas, 18, a senior at St. Raphael Academy and a Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket member for five years, has been named the Clubâ€™s 2013 Youth of the Year.
Rodas, of Central Falls, was chosen from a pair of youth nominees during the annual Youth of the Year dinner at the Alfred Elson, Jr. Clubhouse on Tuesday, March 26. Rodas has been accepted to URI and Newbury College and aspires to career options in physical therapy or sociology. She is a steadying presence at home with her three sisters and mother, contributing to her family through working, caring and maturity.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man prosecutors call a career offender has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking in oxycodone, a pharmaceutical painkiller similar to heroin.
Audi Pineda, 39, was also ordered to serve three yearsâ€™ supervised release upon the completion of his sentence. He appeared in U.S. District Court this week before Judge John McConnell.
In October 2012, a jury convicted Pineda of conspiracy and two counts of possession of oxycodone with the intent to deliver, according to federal prosecutors.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of recent revelations about fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Rhode Island, Pawtucket Rep. Mary Duffy Messier wants to require that the programâ€™s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards carry a photo ID of the recipient.
â€śItâ€™s basically to prevent fraud,â€ť in the federal program once known as Food Stamps, the Democratic lawmaker told The Times Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” There's â€śtiredâ€ť and there's the â€śgood kind of tired.â€ť It seems the 42 Rhode Island World War II veterans who participated in a recent Honor Flight would put themselves in the latter category after their whirlwind day trip to the nation's capital.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Students at the high school Tuesday were asked to put their lives first and not to even think about texting when they are driving.
The request came from R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, a former police officer, who is trying to warn students around the state about the sometimes fatal risks of texting when in a motor vehicle and getting them to pledge they will be safe.
PROVIDENCE â€“ You have probably received e-mails telling you that $1,000 or more is available to you today by making a phone call or clicking an Internet link. If you live in a low-income neighborhood, there may be a storefront nearby where similar â€śshort-termâ€ť loans are offered.
So-called â€śpayday lendersâ€ť offer you quick cash for emergencies or to help you make ends meet until your next paycheck. But that money comes at a high price.
PAWTUCKET â€” A developer is proposing that the former St. Mary's School at 163 George St. and the adjacent brick building that once served as a convent be turned into an apartment complex, along with a new building to be constructed behind the two.
The city's Planning Commission recently held a public hearing on the proposal by I.D. Holdings LLC, whose principal owner is listed as Jeffrey Karll. Karll is a businessman and restauranteur who formerly operated the Cresta Ristorante in the Apex property on Main Street.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police are investigating an attempted bank robbery at the Bank of America at 1455 Newport Ave., which occurred at 11:30 Tuesday morning.
A male reportedly walked into the bank, gave the teller a note and attempted to rob the bank. The teller immediately stepped away from the bank window per bank procedure and the male fled the bank, police saod.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 24-year-old Providence man has been arrested as a suspect in the Monday night stabbing of a Pawtucket man.
On March 25, at around 7:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment on Darrow Street. When police arrived they found a male victim who was suffering from several stab wounds to his torso and neck area. The victim was identified as Shawn A. Whitfield, 42, of the Darrow Street address.
Whitfield was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where his injuries were determined to be not life threatening, Pawtucket Police said.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien took part in the "Mayors for Wheels" meals delivery event on March 20 for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island. Founded in 1969, Meals on Wheels delivers roughly 2,000 meals daily throughout the state to provide a reliable source of good nutrition and to help the elderly maintain a sense of independence. Pictured, from left, are Meals on Wheels volunteer Jeff Hartley, Fogarty Manor resident Roland Duffany, City Council President David Moran, and Mayor Grebien.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Get ready to celebrate the return of the herring to the Turner Reservoir.
The annual herring run at Hunts Mills Dam is expected to take place during the weekend of April 13-14 â€” at least that's the educated guess of expert Keith Gonsalves of the Ten Mile River Watershed Council, who has been invited to speak at the East Providence Historical Society's general meeting tonight at 7 in the Newman Church hall, Rumford.
PAWTUCKET â€” As Mayor Grebien is dealing with a pension funding crisis, contract negotiations, potholes, the budget and the numerous other pressing issues involved in operating a city, another well-known politician is watching, waiting, and all but confirming his desire to take on the top job.
CUMBERLAND â€“ One day in 2002, Tonya Hurteau was working at her computer when she suddenly realized she couldnâ€™t see.
â€śMy eyes just kind of went black,â€ť she recalls. â€śI was thinking somebody turned the lights out.â€ť
No one did. She was blind â€“ at least temporarily.
Doctors were able to restore her vision with powerful medication that left a taste in her mouth that reminded her of aluminum foil. But they also figured out the problem was merely a symptom of a much more serious malady. She was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Members of the Woonsocket Fire Department HazMat team are briefed by Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley and members of the Central Falls Fire Department as an emergency situation unfolds in front of 428 Dexter St. in Central Falls Thursday afternoon.